Casino company Rotate Black has signed a letter of intent with Hemingway Hotels and Resorts to operate a four-star hotel at the casino it wants to build at the Gulfport harbor. The SunHerald reports that Dual Cooper, the president of Rotate Black, said the 205-room hotel will have outdoor saltwater swimming pools and cabanas among its many amenities. Tuckey Devlin, president of Hemingway Hotels and Resorts, said the agreement was signed this week. Devlin said the agreement is contingent on financing and approval of the casino project by Mississippi’s Gaming Commission. Hemingway Hotels is a new brand that is planning hotels that evoke the image of writer and adventurer Ernest Hemingway. “The project in Gulfport is all about real good, hard, fun living,” Devlin said. The hotel would sponsor fishing tournaments and provide a variety of entertainment. And Hemingway Hotels each will contain a library featuring Hemingway’s books and other classics.
Alila Hotels & Resorts is moving into Oman. Alila currently manages boutique hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region; however, the Singapore-based group has got together with Muscat-based investment‚ development and management company Omran to develop the Alila Jabal Akhdar resort. The 78-room resort is scheduled to open at the end of 2013 in Oman’s Jabal Akhdar region, in the Al Hajar mountain range, a two-hour drive from Muscat.
AJ Capital Partners, a Chicago-based investment company led by John Pritzker and Ben Weprin, has agreed to buy the Chicago Athletic Association building for US$13 million and plans to spend US$20 million to convert it into a Thompson hotel, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Thompson brand is a part of Commune Hotels & Resorts, of which Pritzker is co-chairman. The hotel, which will have 240 to 260 rooms when it opens in early 2014.
The Los Angeles-based SBE revealed that it is bringing its SLS Hotels brand to New York City. The 190-room SLS Hotel New York, located at 444 Park Avenue South in Manhattan, is set to open in the second quarter of 2013. SBE and Moin Development Corp., New York City, are
jointly purchasing for US$45 million and renovating the property for US$40 million, with Moin owning 90% of the property. The former office building, built in 1920, will be renovated and have five floors added to it with Philippe Starck working on the design. “For us, this really finalizes the triangle between New York, Los Angeles and Miami,” Sam Nazarian, SBE founder, chairman and CEO told The Wall Street Journal. “New York is really going to be big for us across our platform.”The hotel will feature a rooftop nightlife concept and a mixology lounge in the lobby.
Soaked, a rooftop cocktail lounge, is now open at Mondrian SoHo in New York City. The lounge serves fruit-infused cocktails without extra sugar or artificial flavors in a 4,000-sq-ft (372-sq-m) space with natural landscaping, oversized planters, and large grass meadow. The decor features antique lighting and custom teak furniture. The menu by Beverage Director Steve Olson includes juiced orchard-to-bar cocktails, such as the 100-Mile Margarita with pineapple and jalapeño-infused tequila, apple, pear, pineapple, wheatgrass and mint; muddled drinks such as a watermelon mojito; and shaken cocktails such as the Rhub Awakening with rhubarb and caramel-infused vodka, Grand Marnier, strawberries, rhubarb, basil and lime. Frozen treats include an alcoholic strawberry rhubarb popsicle and dairy- and gluten-free soft-serve. The menu also offers non-alcoholic juices such as the Popeye, made with kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger.
Delta Real Estate, a member of closely held Delta Holding, is launching a 25 million-euro ($30 million) renovation of its biggest hotel to reopen it under the Crown Plaza brand. In cooperation with InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG), the world’s largest provider of hotel rooms that owns the brand, Belgrade-based Delta will turn the 420-room Continental (a former InterContinental Hotel) in the Serbian capital into a five-star hotel and reopen it in September 2013, said Delta director Zivorad Vasic.