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Firm buys River Walk hotel and plans to renovate restaurant, bar

An East Coast firm has snapped up its first hotel in San Antonio: the luxury Hotel Contessa on the River Walk downtown.

A partnership of executives from Silver Ventures and Hixon Properties, local development firms, sold the 265-room hotel last week to Wheelock Street Capital, according to local property and state corporate records.

The purchase price was not disclosed, but the 12-story hotel at 306 W. Market St. was valued at $52.4 million this year by the Bexar Appraisal District.

Wheelock, which has offices in Greenwich, Conn., and Boston, plans to “complete a full renovation of the ground floor restaurant and bar in the coming months,” it said in a news release. The acquisition is the firm’s first hotel purchase since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“The property’s historically strong performance, superb location and superior quality in a top leisure-driven market was a perfect match with our current acquisition criteria and provided us the conviction to execute during an uncertain time in the capital markets,” said Tim Hodes, principal and director of hotel investments at Wheelock.

HEI Hotels & Resorts will manage the hotel, which was built in 2005 and includes a rooftop pool and spa.

The pandemic is battering San Antonio’s hospitality industry, and COVID-19 cases in the area are rising. Over 63 percent of downtown hotel rooms, on average, were vacant in October, according to data firm STR, which tracks the sector.

With many conventions, concerts and other events canceled, high-end hotels have been hit particularly hard, said Paul Vaughn, senior vice president at San Antonio-based hotel consulting firm Source Strategies.

In the third quarter, revenue at Hotel Contessa was down about 68 percent from the same period in 2019, he said.

“It’s a tough time to be a luxury hotel,” Vaughn said. “A lot of the higher-end hotels — their revenue is very far down.”

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Radisson to build hotel with sky bar next to Newcastle’s St James’ Park

A 200-bed hotel complete with a sky bar and destination restaurant is set to be built in Newcastle city centre as part of a £120m scheme in the shadow of St James’ Park.

The High Street Group is transforming land at Strawberry Place after snapping it up in a £10m deal at the start of the year.

The development – called One St James – will include a collection of more than 300 affordable rent apartments and premium offices, alongside public spaces and a range of bars and restaurants.

It has now been confirmed that global hospitality firm Radisson Hotel Group will open a Radisson RED hotel at the site, its first in the region under the boutique hotel brand which is tailored around the millennial market.

Set to open in 2023, the hotel is being designed to reflect the city’s personality with 200 upbeat, Instagrammable and colourful rooms.

The new hotel will feature 200 guest rooms as well as a sky bar, extensive conference and banqueting facilities, informal meeting spaces and a top-of-the-range residents’ gym.

A destination restaurant will also be on site and will be available for visitors as well as guests.

Elie Younes, executive vice president and chief development officer of Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re very excited to be part of the incredible cultural scene in Newcastle, bringing fun with a fresh, upscale hotel brand to the city centre. Radisson RED and Newcastle are a fantastic match.”

Gary Forrest, chairman of The High Street Group said: “We are delighted to agree the partnership with Radisson Hotel Group, one of the leading global hotel operators, to help make our development at Strawberry Place a fantastic destination location.

“We are looking forward to working with a company with over 75 years of experience of delivering world class hospitality and exceptional service to customers.

“The partnership strengthens the High Street Group’s position as a leading developer, which builds sustainable communities, through lifestyle offerings which give our residents more than just a place to live.

“Radisson Hotel Group’s culture and beliefs link in perfectly with the High Street Group’s development strategy and vision for Newcastle. The partnership signifies a key aspect of our plans to bring significant long-term benefits to the city, its people and its visitors.”

The development forms part of The High Street Group’s pipeline of 18 projects throughout the UK. The firm recently opened Hadrian’s Tower, the tallest building in Newcastle.

Key regional organisations including the North East England Chamber of Commerce, business improvement district company NE1 Ltd, and the NewcastleGatehead Initiative (NGI) welcomed news of Radisson Hotel Group’s further commitment to the city, coming on top of planned hotels at Newcastle Helix and at the former Chonicle and Journal offices in Groat Market.

James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “This investment in the heart of Newcastle is such welcome news right now and demonstrates real confidence in the dynamism of the city.

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Sangria will be flowing at the rooftop bar at Miami Beach’s new Spanish-inspired hotel

Are you ready for The Roof?

The boutique hotel Esmé Miami Beach has announced three new dining and drinking venues, and one of them is a rooftop bar.

The 145-room hotel on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, which is scheduled to open in March 2021, will also open two other lounges serving food options with a Spanish flair.

The idea is to recreate “the energy of the original Spanish Village on Española Way,” according to James Stuart, director of Infinity Hospitality.

El Salón, set in Esmé Village along the main paseo that connects the property’s buildings, will serve popular Miami fare like arepas, empanadas and chicarron. At night, the space becomes an elegant cocktail bar with specialty drinks made with proprietary spirit blends.

Walk along the paseo, and you’ll discover Bar Pintxo, a modern interpretation of a Spanish pintxo bar. Expect snacks on sticks as well as dishes such as pulpo pinchose (octopus with smoked paprika) and gilda (anchovy, pickled pepper and olive). The casual spot will serve Spanish beer and wine and Basque cider and host weekly events with local artists, musicians and chefs.

Meanwhile, up on the roof is The Roof at Esmé, which includes a bar and restaurant, a pool, cabanas, and a wellness space. During the day, you can lounge by the pool with cold-pressed juice, maybe take a yoga class. Later, homemade sangrias will flow, like the rioja blanco (white peach, elderflower and ginger) or cava brut (kiwi, raspberry, spearmint and calvados). Foodwise, expect healthy bowls, sandwiches and salads.

At night, the space turns into a lounge that offers giant cocktails called Spirited Jugs.

Esmé Miami Beach

Where: 1438 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Opening: March 2021

Information and reservations: www.esmehotel.com

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Esme hotel in Miami Beach Florida will have rooftop bar

The Roof at the new boutique hotel Esmé has a pool deck where the sangria will flow.

The Roof at the new boutique hotel Esmé has a pool deck where the sangria will flow.

Are you ready for The Roof?

The boutique hotel Esmé Miami Beach has announced three new dining and drinking venues, and one of them is a rooftop bar.

The 145-room hotel on Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, which is scheduled to open in March 2021, will also open two other lounges serving food options with a Spanish flair.

The idea is to recreate “the energy of the original Spanish Village on Española Way,” according to James Stuart, director of Infinity Hospitality.

El Salón, set in Esmé Village along the main paseo that connects the property’s buildings, will serve popular Miami fare like arepas, empanadas and chicarron. At night, the space becomes an elegant cocktail bar with specialty drinks made with proprietary spirit blends.

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El Salon at Esmé hotel in Miami Beach.

Walk along the paseo, and you’ll discover Bar Pintxo, a modern interpretation of a Spanish pintxo bar. Expect snacks on sticks as well as dishes such as pulpo pinchose (octopus with smoked paprika) and gilda (anchovy, pickled pepper and olive). The casual spot will serve Spanish beer and wine and Basque cider and host weekly events with local artists, musicians and chefs.

Meanwhile, up on the roof is The Roof at Esmé, which includes a bar and restaurant, a pool, cabanas, and a wellness space. During the day, you can lounge by the pool with cold-pressed juice, maybe take a yoga class. Later, homemade sangrias will flow, like the rioja blanco (white peach, elderflower and ginger) or cava brut (kiwi, raspberry, spearmint and calvados). Foodwise, expect healthy bowls, sandwiches and salads.

At night, the space turns into a lounge that offers giant cocktails called Spirited Jugs.

Esmé Miami Beach

Where: 1438 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Opening: March 2021

Information and reservations: www.esmehotel.com

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Coyo Taco team to open six concepts at new Miami Beach hotel, including rooftop bar

The Moxy South Beach hotel isn’t even open yet, but you can officially start to look forward to eating and drinking there.

Lightstone, the developer of three Moxy Hotels in New York, has just made a deal with the Coyo Taco team to open six eating and drinking spots in the Miami Beach hotel, located on Washington Avenue.

The six new concepts are:

Como Como: a seafood restaurant and raw bar

Mezcalista: a mezcal lounge

Serena: an open-air rooftop restaurant and bar with seasonal dishes (and cocktails)

Los Buenos: a taco stand and bodega in the hotel lobby

Bar Moxy: a lobby bar and contactless check-in area

The Upside: a rooftop bar on the hotel’s eighth floor with views of Miami Beach, exclusively for hotel guests and private events

“This exciting partnership with Moxy South Beach gives us an opportunity to expand our creativity, showcasing our love for Miami’s diverse cultures and exploration of cuisines across regions,” said Alan Drummond, co-founder of Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky in a press release. “We pride ourselves in offering menus and experiences that transcend generations and demographics, just like Moxy Hotels, so we couldn’t be more thrilled for this like-minded collaboration to come to life.”

The eight-story Moxy South Beach is due to open early in 2021 with 202 rooms, a 72-foot, cabana-lined pool; an outdoor movie screening room on the roof and an exclusive beach club.

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Chattanoogan hotel gets new look, brand and rooftop bar

Two years after acquiring the Chattanoogan hotel and conference center in downtown Chattanooga, the new owners say they are completing the renovation of the 199-room complex this fall, adding a rooftop bar, revamping the restaurant and cafe and becoming a Curio Collection by Hilton franchise.

“The extensive renovation has transformed the landmark hotel, channeling local roots and displaying the use of organic materials and industrial influences of the Tennessee region in our hotel landscape,” said Patricia Martinez, the general manager for the 19-year-old hotel complex on Broad Street.

Earlier this month, The Chattanoogan added a High Rail rooftop bar on its second floor overlooking the plaza between the hotel and its nearby parking garage. The new 120-seat bar, which is open Wednesday through Sunday nights starting at 5 p.m., each night, features a regionally inspired food menu of starters, handhelds, flour and fire (pizzas) and desserts, as well as signature cocktails, wine and 20 local beers on tap.

Within the next month, the restaurant on the lobby floor of The Chattanoogan Hotel, formerly known as the Foundry, will reopen as Rustica offering rustic Northern Italian cuisine. The hotel facility also is adding Stills + Mash to welcome guests at the hotel’s main entrance with a bourbon focus and local-inspired food offerings. A new cafe known as Noogans will feature a variety of the best local coffee roasters.

As part of the hotel renovation, the Spa at The Chattanoogan Hotel also has been moved to the first floor and expanded to a full-service facility, including six treatment rooms to pamper guests and locals alike.

The changes were made by Ascent Hospitality, a Buford, Georgia-based hotel chain that acquired The Chattanoogan in October 2018 for $27 million from the city of Chattanooga.

The city built the hotel and conference center, which includes 7,752 square feet of ballroom and conference meeting space, in 2001 to help attract more business conferences and meetings, beyond those booked at the larger Chattanooga Convention Center just two blocks away.

The Chattanoogan was not previously affiliated with any national hotel brand, but the new owners have become part of the luxury hotel franchise by Hilton known as the Curio Collection.

The Curio Collection by Hilton includes 91 luxury hotels around the country and aligning with Hilton will provide guests access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and Money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.

“We are excited to align with Hilton and to welcome all guests, near and far, to enjoy our carefully curated and intentional space offering a variety of experiences sure to increase curiosity and ingenuity,” Martinez said in an announcement of the new brand on Thursday.

Ellen Peavy, director of sales at The Chattanoogan, said the hotel has remained open through the renovation and the coronavirus pandemic this year, although most of the conference center and the restaurants have been idled since

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Juniper is a new rooftop restaurant and bar in downtown Greenville

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The first thing you notice when you enter the space that is Juniper, atop the new AC Hotel in downtown Greenville, is the view. From the center of Juniper, the rooftop urban gin bar, you can see the mountains cresting in the distance. Step onto the Fire Box patio space, where fire pits will add warmth and ambiance and you can see the Peace Center plaza. And from the Secret Cocktail Garden around the other side, you have a view of the Reedy River and down South Main Street.

Juniper, a 16,000-square-foot space perched far above the corner of Main and Broad Streets at the Camperdown development and former Greenville News spot, offers a perfect view of Greenville’s growth. 

And the forthcoming food and beverage concept, one of six the hotel will contain, aims to be an exciting piece of the city’s growth story. The rooftop restaurant and bar will meld a gin-focused cocktail program with a distinct menu of smaller plate items, in a space that boasts a modern aesthetic but also has comfortable seats.

The rooftop concept at the AC Hotel at the Camperdown development, Juniper, will offer a variety of experiences, including an “urban gin bar” with a portfolio of 20-30 varieties of gin. (Photo: Courtesy of Auro Hotels)

In doing research for Juniper, AC Hotel general manager John Deck toured rooftop spaces around the country. He came to a few conclusions, one being that it is frustrating when there is an event that takes up the entire space.

Juniper is carefully designed to avoid such frustration.

“We created different zones,” Deck explained. “Every area is a little different in its style.”

That means space that is malleable and various to almost any scenario, from weather to events.

Juniper is one of the six food and beverage concepts that will be a piece of the hotel, and collectively, they signal a continuing evolution for Auro Hotels, the company building the property. In 2018, Auro created Yuga Collection, a restaurant group that is solely focused on creating unique food and beverage concepts for Auro.

Yuga has allowed for a more honed focus on Beverage and Food. That’s why the AC Hotel has not one bar or restaurant, but six unique concepts, each offering a different experience.

Juniper atop the AC Hotel at Camperdown, will also include Fire Box, an open-air space complete with fire pits and Fire Box Kitchen, which will offer Neapolitan style pizza, beer, and wine. (Photo: Courtesy of Auro Hotels)

Concepts include:

Paloma, a Spanish-inspired tapas bar that will be located on the ground floor and open onto Main and Broad Streets.

Press Room, a speakeasy offering an intimate cocktail bar experience and a nod to The Greenville News.

Fire Box, an outdoor rooftop terrace space, offering Neapolitan-style pizzas and salads with a rooftop view.

Juniper, a 16,000-square-foot rooftop space with private event space, an open-air Secret Cocktail Garden.

Social Burger, a burger and milkshake bar

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