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A suite at The Wit in Chicago.

By Joe Brancatelli


New Hotel Options Debut Around the World:

  • A newly built Doubletree hotel, called The Wit, opened in Chicago just a half-block from the Chicago River. It has a rooftop bar that is already winning raves.
  • After a $100 million renovation, The Pierre Hotel on Central Park has reopened in New York. The 189-room icon is now operated by Taj Hotels of India. Meanwhile, Desires Hotel has opened a 72-room boutique hotel in Manhattan. The Mave is located at Madison Avenue and East 27th Street.

  • Meanwhile, in Texas, a 132-room Hilton Garden Inn opened in Arlington. Not far away, in Colony, a 104-room Fairfield Inn and a 104-room Residence Inn have opened. All three properties are operated by the same hotel-development company.
  • A 113-room Holiday Inn Express opened in Nashville.
  • Crowne Plaza has converted a 270-room former Sheraton in Newton, Massachusetts.
  • Up the pricing ladder, the world’s first Hotel Missoni opened in Edinburgh, Scotland. The 136-room property has been designed by the fashion house as the prototype of a luxury brand for Rezidor, the company best-known for running Radisson hotels overseas.
  • Courtyard by Marriott has opened its first hotel in Istanbul. The 260-room property is 25 minutes from the sprawling city center of Istanbul and five kilometers from Ataturk International Airport.
  • Marriott has also opened a 73-room Fairfield Inn in Milledgeville, Georgia. In case you don’t know Milledgeville, it’s the hometown of Miss Vivian, the prostitute played by Julia Roberts in 1990’s Pretty Woman.

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