A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
22 JULY 2020 12:23 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Black Hawk Hotel turns 167 years old; Wythe Hotel converts rooms into offices; people on the move; and more.

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Black Hawk Hotel’s longstanding history
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier writes that the 167-year-old independent boutique Black Hawk Hotel in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is the oldest hotel continually operating in the U.S. It’s also listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.

What’s unique to this property is it accommodates long stays, from one month to one year. Seventeen of the 28 guestrooms have been renovated to include kitchenettes and will also serve to meet the growing need of flexible housing in the city, the newspaper writes.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the adjacent retro motel has been opened to health care professionals who need a place to safely quarantine. The nightly rate was reduced and half of the revenue from these reservations has been donated back to the local health system's foundation,” according to the news outlet.

Wythe Hotel gets creative with revenue-generating space
With leisure travel demand down and limited transient business, hotels in the U.S. are getting creative with the space they have and turning it into revenue-generating opportunities, FastCompany reports. Peter Lawrence, owner of the 70-room Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, is one of many who had the idea to turn his guestrooms into private offices.

Lawrence teamed up with a short-term office space provider to transition one floor of the Wythe into 13 offices. Beds have been removed, furniture has been reconfigured and the loft-style rooms now serve up to four people, the article states.

The new spaces aren’t just about creating an alternative for those working from home, Lawrence said, but still providing the experiences that boutique hotels have to offer.
“At 6:00 when their day is done, they can come sit in our beautiful garden and get a cocktail and some oysters or whatever they feel like to finish their day,” Lawrence told the news outlet.

Deals, developments, people on the move

  • The new 57-room luxury boutique Brenton Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, has appointed Kevin Wood as executive chef and Emily Brakenhoff as food-and-beverage director. The hotel is set to open in July.
  • The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont, has appointed Khim Neang as spa director.
  • The 97-room independent Bohemian Hotel in Iowa, City, Iowa opened on 3 July by Angela Harrington, who also owns Hotel Grinnell. The hotel was formerly the Highlander Hotel.
  • Rockbridge opened on 1 July the 212-room Emeline in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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