The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, in the city’s River North neighborhood, is set to welcome guests next year. Situated at 127 West Huron Street, the 16-story lifestyle hotel is adjacent to the Hotel Felix Chicago. John W. Rutledge, founder and president of developer Oxford Capital Group and its operating affiliate, Oxford Hotels and Resorts, said: “We believe The Godfrey Hotel will become instantly recognizable due to its prominent location, distinctive architecture, compelling interior design, its host of amenities and most important of all, an extremely high touch, customer friendly service ethic.” The hotel will include 221 rooms, restaurant and lobby bar, a 12,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge and conference space, spa, 24-hour fitness centre, and two floors of parking.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announces the signing of the first EVEN™ Hotels property which will be located in New York City, with ownership group CWC, Inc. The IHG-managed hotel will be located at 219 E 44th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan, and will be a flagship property for the brand. The hotel will be a new build scheduled to open in late 2014. The hotel will feature 23 guestroom floors and 230 guestrooms, dedicated meeting areas, and indoor and outdoor exercise and eating spaces for an impressive 87,000 square feet in total space. EVEN Hotels meets the large and growing customer demand for a healthier travel experience and is another industry first for IHG. EVEN Hotels uniquely provides solutions for all aspects of travelers’ wellness needs in the areas of food, work, exercise and rest.
Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reports that an upscale hotel has just opened in the newly restored, historic JR Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district. The building was restored to the way it looked a century ago and since its opening has quickly become a hot spot for tourists, the article says. The areas around the renovated station are packed each day with photo-snapping tourists. The 150-room Tokyo Station Hotel opened on Oct. 3, the paper says. Since opening, the Tokyo Station Hotel has been more than 70% full and its restaurants are fully booked, the story says. According to East Japan Railway’s website, the ambitious project began in May 2007. The hotel’s website shows what appear to be lovely rooms designed in a classic-yet-modern style. The government has designated it as an “Important Cultural Property of Japan,” the site says. All the activity has already boosted train ticket sales and sales at nearby shops and restaurants, the story says, citing ownership group Mitsubishi Estate Co.
Rafael Serrano, a Spanish investor, has purchased Admiralty Arch in London for almost £60 million and looks set to turn the London landmark into a luxury hotel. Mr Serrano recently built the 85-room Bulgari hotel in the city’s upmarket Knightsbridge area, and he has reportedly acquired the Grade I-listed Admiralty Arch on a 125-year lease, under explicit conditions that it cannot be converted into apartments or a single house. The sale is part of a series of property disposals by the UK Government. The 100-year-old building, which comprises three arches, was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of Queen Victoria, his mother. Most recently, the building was used as office space by the Cabinet Office.
The Luxury Collection has opened Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel—the brand’s first property in Jakarta. Keraton at The Plaza has 140 guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. The interior design, developed with SCDA Singapore and BuregaFarnell Pte. Ltd. features local influences such as batik patterns throughout the hotel. The porte-cochère features an intricate mural of Javanese artwork. The hotel’s art collection includes a piece carved from mahogany and adorned with antique gold that depicts a royal welcome. The design firm Hadiprana Artworks of Jakarta curates the collection and the hotel’s gallery.Keraton Lounge serves traditional high tea every afternoon, fusing English and Javanese traditions. The lounge also serves cocktails, wine and other beverages in the evening. Bengawan, the property’s signature restaurant, serves Indonesian cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Jakarta.