HOTEL BARDO SAVANNAH OPENS: Hotel Bardo Savannah has officially opened in Savannah, Ga. With a Southern Gothic design, the urban resort and private club is located in Savannah’s Forsyth Park. The adaptive reuse project spans two acres and offers 149 rooms, including 50 suites. The hotel also offers a restaurant, lobby bar, a 25-meter pool, spa, kid’s program, membership and social club and event spaces. The property debuts as the flagship for the Bardo brand from Left Lane, the New York City-based real estate development and hospitality company. Left Lane plans to expand the Bardo brand in the next five years to high-growth secondary markets like Pittsburgh, Pa. and Providence, R.I.

Hotel Bardo Savannah in Savannah. Ga.

KIMPTON VENTURES INTO ITALY: IHG Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Società Turistica Alberghiera Taorminese to sign its first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Italy. The Kimpton hotel will be located in Sicily and is anticipated to open in the second half of 2025. Situated in Taormina on the island’s east coast, the boutique hotel will have 59 rooms and destination dining. The breakfast room and bar terrace will offer views from Calabria to the Bay of Isolabella. The hotel will include an outdoor Mediterranean garden, a 20-meter pool and a tennis court. This signing follows six luxury and lifestyle openings and signings by IHG across Italy in 2023. The Kimpton in Sicily will be IHG’s 30th property in Italy and joins a portfolio of eight Kimpton hotels in the U.K. and continental Europe, which are part of Kimpton’s global collection of 78 hotels totaling 13,721 rooms across 12 countries. The brand is set to add 54 more hotels, surpassing its 100-hotel milestone and reaching 20 countries by 2025.

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT ADDS IN SANTO DOMINGO: Courtyard by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 brands, has opened Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo Piantini in the Dominican Republic. This marks the brand’s second property in Santo Domingo. The 160-key hotel is owned by Real Hotels and Resorts and will operate as a Marriott franchise. The hotel features the brand’s new lobby design. Courtyard by Marriott Santo Domingo Piantini offers a restaurant, a lobby bar, a rooftop bar, a business center, a fitness center, guest laundry, a pool and 179 square feet of meeting space for up to 75 persons. Currently, Courtyard by Marriott has more than 1,285 locations across 60 countries.

CANADA’S OCCUPANCY SLIPS: Canada’s hotel industry reported lower occupancy despite sustained growth in ADR, according to CoStar’s January data.

  • Occupancy: 49.6% (-1.7%)
  • ADR: CA$175.38/ US$130.09 (+4.3%)
  • RevPAR: CA$87/ US$54.53 (+2.6%)

Transient occupancy slipped 3.7% YOY, with most of the decline happening during the weekends. This suggests that consumers are curbing discretionary spending, CoStar said. Warm weather and lack of snow in popular ski destinations added to the shortfalls, with sharp occupancy declines of 9% and 12%, respectively. However, the overall hotel sector is outpacing metrics in the wider economy, with the room rate growth surpassing the 2.9% inflation reading. Among the provinces and territories, Manitoba saw the highest occupancy level (58.8%), 8.1% below 2023. Among the major markets, Toronto reported the highest occupancy (61.4%), up 2.2% over January 2023. The lowest occupancy among provinces was reported in Prince Edward Island (28.6%), down 20.5% against 2023. At the market level, the lowest occupancy was reported in Edmonton (+2.9% to 44.3%).

CHOICE OPENS CAMBRIA BURBANK: Choice Hotels International, Inc. has opened Cambria Hotel Burbank Airport. Located in Burbank, Calif., the new hotel features 150 rooms and upscale amenities. The hotel is close to the Burbank airport and a short distance away from West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The hotel was developed by Choice Hotels as part of its strategy of opening Cambria hotels in well-situated markets.

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