The 605-room Essex House in New York
City has been sold to Dubai Investment Group. Jumeirah Hospitality
and Leisure, which manages the famously luxe Burj Al Arab in Dubai,
will take over management of the property from Starwood Hotels and
Resorts in January. At that time, a $50 million renovation will
begin, updating the hotel and transforming 15 percent of its rooms
to condominiums. The renovation should be done sometime next year.
This is Jumeirah’s first property outside Dubai; more are being
considered in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
To raise money for the Hurricane
Katrina relief effort and the American Red Cross, the Mount
Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., will auction itself off on
eBay, beginning today and ending on Sept. 24. The highest bidder
gets exclusive use of the hotel -- all 200 guest rooms -- for the
night of Nov. 9. The bidding starts at $5,000. If the winner is
unavailable on Nov. 9, the hotel will allow the 200 room nights to
be used by the winner piecemeal through May 16, 2006.
The old Sam Houston Hotel in Houston
will be rebranded tomorrow as the Alden Houston, the first in a new
hotel brand introduced by Tim Miller, who worked for Ian Schrager
for more than 15 years. The 97-room luxury hotel in HoustonÕs
central business district, which originally opened in 1924, offers
a restaurant called 17, a boardroom, meeting space for up to 75
people and a veranda that accommodates 200. Miller is looking at
redeveloping properties in Atlanta, Austin, Cincinnati, Nashville
and Vancouver into Alden hotels by 2007.
The 399-room Four Seasons Hotel Hong
Kong opened on Monday in the city's International Financial Centre.
The property features two restaurants, a spa, two ballrooms
overlooking Victoria Harbour and seven additional meeting
The Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., which was
partially destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, opened a job placement
center last weekend. The service will provide information on
positions open at its Tunica, Miss., and Las Vegas properties for
those affected by the hurricane. The hotel's website -- www.beaurivage.com
-- has more information.
InterContinental Hotels Group said that of its 560 hotels across
its various brands in the Hurricane Katrina-affected region,
including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza, 60
were affected, with 25 sustaining significant damage.
The 148-room upscale Sans Souci Resort
& Spa near Ocho Rios, Jamaica, has been sold to Couples
Resorts, and is now called the Couples Sans Souci.
Hunter Mountain Resort, in Hunter, N.Y., a ski town in the
Catskills, officially unveiled last week the $26 million, 109-room
Kaatskill Mountain Club. The hotel offers a health club and spa,
restaurant and conference center. The Kaatskill Mountain Club has
four meeting rooms totaling 2,400 square feet; bringing the total
amount of meeting space at the resort to 20,700 square feet.