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Bulgari hotel, known for Italian luxury, coming to Miami Beach in 2024

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts is coming to Miami Beach.

The luxury Italian hospitality company best known for its jewelry, said its first U.S. hotel will debut in Miami Beach in 2024 at 100 21st St., near Collins Park and The Bass museum. The site used to be the Seagull Hotel Miami Beach.

The hotel will have around 100 rooms, a company statement said. Italian architecture firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel will design the hotel, which will include an outdoor pool, spa, and restaurant and bar from Italian chef Niko Romito, famed for his Reale restaurant in Italy’s Abruzzo region. Antonio Citterio has designed all 10 current and upcoming Bulgari hotels.

Silvio Ursini, Executive Vice President of Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, said the company turned down several U.S. sites before landing on the Miami Beach property. The waterfront location next to a parking lot of the W South Beach with Collins Park behind it allows for more suites to have water views.

“This is a fantastic opportunity, it will allow most rooms to have sea views which is very rare,” he said. “This is a major plus for us.”

Bulgari launched a joint venture with Marriott International in 2001 forming Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. Since then the brand has opened hotels in Milan, London, Dubai, Bali, Beijing, and Shanghai with upcoming openings planned for Paris, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo.

The 21st Street hotel, originally built in 1948, sold for $120 million in January to BHI Miami Limited, a Delaware entity directed by Nabil Kobeissi, CEO of London-based Blue Horizon Advisors, a private investment firm. Kobeissi did not immediately return a request for comment.

Ursini said the company has submitted initial plans to the city of Miami Beach and will work with local officials over the next several years to iron out design specifics. Those preliminary plans describe a nine-story hotel with 110 rooms to be considered by the historic preservation board on March 8, 2021.

Ursini said he is confident the Miami Beach market will bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic downturn.

“It’s a fascinating process we need to navigate to bring our Italian contemporary vision to Miami and adjust it to the local environment,” he said. “Because we are a very old company, we have sort of seen many ups and downs. We like to take the long view. Hotels in particular are designed to last over 100 years.”

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I visited The Standard in London, and I don’t think I’d stay at the 5-star luxury hotel again



a living room filled with furniture next to a building: The Standard Hotel has a location in London, England. Sara Shah for Insider


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The Standard Hotel has a location in London, England. Sara Shah for Insider

In October, I stayed at The Standard Hotel’s London location — which opened in the summer of 2019 and was the chain’s first venture outside of the US.

The boutique hotel line is known for its modern, artistic, and whimsical high-class flair. 

I arrived just after London instated a 10 p.m. curfew to help quell the surge in COVID-19 cases. But luckily, I was still able to spend my time exploring the funky hotel.

Read on to see how my stay went.

It took me about an hour to get to the hotel from the airport



a large building in the rain: It took an hour to get to the hotel after my flight. Sara Shah for Insider


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It took an hour to get to the hotel after my flight. Sara Shah for Insider

I arrived at the hotel on a typical rainy London day after about an hour-long drive from London Heathrow International Airport.

If you’re traveling light you can also take the Underground from Hatton Cross Station to King’s Cross/St. Pancras Station, which is located just across from the hotel. The public transport route also averages about an hour, but at least you don’t have to deal with traffic or road construction. 



a train is parked on the side of a building: I got a deal on my room. Sara Shah for Insider


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I got a deal on my room. Sara Shah for Insider

I made my booking through an online travel agency because it was cheaper than the typical rate offered on the hotel’s website.

Through that agency, I booked a single room for £140 a night (about $186), which also included breakfast. In contrast, the hotel’s website was offering a single room for $201 a night (excluding breakfast). 

Check-in was easy, but I wasn’t sure I was cool enough to stay here



a man standing in front of a restaurant: The hotel was definitely hip and cool. Sara Shah for Insider


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The hotel was definitely hip and cool. Sara Shah for Insider

Checking in was seamless and easy. The lobby was well decorated, and one of the receptionists offered to help take my bags up to my room.

Everyone was polite, but there was a bit of a too-cool-for-school vibe. For a moment, in my jet-lagged state of mind, I wondered if I was even cool enough to be staying here. 

My single room — and everything in it — was super small



a bedroom with a bed and a desk in front of a window: My room was small, but I expected that. Sara Shah for Insider


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My room was small, but I expected that. Sara Shah for Insider

The single room was tiny, but the desk looked out on King’s Cross station, which was a nice touch.

I’ve noticed that most hotel rooms in Europe are smaller than their American counterparts, but I appreciate that they’re designed to efficiently use the space.

This was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on



a made bed in a room: I loved everything about the bed. Sara Shah for Insider


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I loved everything about the bed. Sara Shah for Insider

The bed also looked small, but it was one of the most comfortable things I’ve ever slept on. The pillows had the perfect amount of fluff and the sheets were divine. 

There was also a convenient

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Hang Lung Collaborates with Hyatt to Open New Luxury Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kunming

HONG KONG, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hang Lung Properties today announced that Grand Hyatt, a luxury hotel brand under Hyatt, has been appointed to operate the Company’s new luxury hotel in Kunming, Yunnan’s capital city in Southwest China. The new Grand Hyatt Kunming hotel is scheduled to open in mid-2023.

Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties (left), and Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (right), ink partnership between Hang Lung and Hyatt to open Grand Hyatt Kunming at Spring City 66 in the capital and the largest city of Yunnan province in mainland China.

 

(From left to right) Mr. Norman Chan, Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties, Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties, Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Mr. Stephen Ho, President, Growth and Operations, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, at the contract signing ceremony to announce the opening of Grand Hyatt Kunming at Spring City 66 in Kunming in mid-2023.

 

Grand Hyatt Kunming, with a gross floor area of 49,560 square meters, will occupy the first 26 floors of the hotel and residential tower (right). The hotel will become a prestigious addition to Hang Lung’s mixed-use Spring City 66 development in Kunming. (Remarks: the photo is an artist’s impression for reference only)

 

Opening in mid-2023, Grand Hyatt Kunming will feature 332 guestrooms and suites, state-of-the art amenities and extraordinary dining options. It will cater to the most discerning corporate business and leisure travelers and be a social hub for the local community. (Remarks: the photo is an artist’s impression for reference only)

Grand Hyatt Kunming will become part of the mixed-use Spring City 66 development in the heart of Kunming that comprises a world-class shopping mall, a 66-story Grade A office tower, and luxury branded residences. Featuring 332 guestrooms and suites, state-of-the art amenities and extraordinary dining varieties, the hotel will cater to the most discerning corporate business and leisure travelers and be a social hub for the local community.

At today’s contract signing ceremony, Mr. Weber Lo, Chief Executive Officer of Hang Lung Properties, said, “We are excited to collaborate with Hyatt to introduce the world-renowned Grand Hyatt brand to Kunming. Grand Hyatt Kunming will be a magnificent addition to our landmark commercial development Spring City 66. Just one year since it opened, Spring City 66 has already brought together about 300 top international and local retail, dining, lifestyle and entertainment brands. Sealing the collaboration with Hyatt also marks a key milestone in the business development of our parent company, Hang Lung Group, which celebrates 60 years of establishment this year.”

“Grand Hyatt Kunming will further strengthen our luxury positioning and deliver on our promise to ‘Bring the best to Kunming; Showcase the Best of Kunming to the World’. We will continue to add value to the city by introducing even more globally renowned brands to Spring City 66, as part of our continuous effort to excite our customers and exceed their expectations.”

Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Hang Lung Properties, who share our value on delivering high-end experiences and operational excellence. As the province’s capital and the largest city in Yunnan, Kunming serves as a gateway to South and Southeast Asia. With the new additional of Grand Hyatt Kunming, guests from across China and the world will be able to enjoy truly extraordinary moments for which the Grand Hyatt brand is known, while indulging themselves in the spring-like climate all year round, the extraordinary landscape, rich historical and cultural heritage that Kunming could offer. Grand Hyatt Kunming’s contemporary design, thoughtful and intuitive service, as well as its strategic location within the city as part of Spring City 66, will be an asset to Kunming and is set to become a regional icon for local and international guests.”

Grand Hyatt Kunming, with a gross floor area of 49,560 square meters, will occupy the first 26 floors of the hotel and residential tower, the top section of which will feature Hang Lung’s first luxury branded residences project. Details of the residences will be announced soon.  

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Flying via Dubai? South Africans with layover of more than 10 hours get free luxury hotel stay

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South Africans with a layover between 10 to 24 hours may get a free stay at a luxury hotel if they are flying with Emirates.

The airline is resuming it’s Dubai Connect offering from December 1 and hopes to make travel less stressful during the pandemic.

Besides the complimentary stay at a 4 or 5-star hotel, the airline will also sort out your transfers to and from the airport, meals at the hotel and a UAE visa on arrival where required.

“Dubai Connect ensures that travelling through Emirates’ hub is seamless despite the altered flight schedules during the Covid-19 pandemic,” the airline said in a statement.

There are some terms and conditions that come with the resumption of Dubai Connect.

The connecting flight on your itinerary must be the best available connection, meaning travellers cannot choose the longest layover in hopes of getting a free hotel stay.

If you qualify for the service will be asked to provide all the entry and regulatory documents your destination requires, including a valid negative Covid-19 test.

Those who are required to undergo a PCR test on arrival, are not eligible for ‘Dubai Connect’.

How it works

You will need to book Dubai Connect at least 24 hours ahead of your flight to Dubai. When you arrive, you can head to the Dubai Connect desk in arrivals where staff will facilitate transfers to the hotel.

Depending on time, you can explore Dubai during your short stay, but that will be at their own expense. There’s plenty to do, whether it’s dipping your toes at its grand beaches or immersing themselves with the destination’s heritage attractions.

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For those who qualify for Dubai Connect but are unable to leave the airport will be given access to the Emirates Dubai Connect airport lounge to unwind and relax.

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Philly undoes deal with developer Peebles to revamp historic Family Court building into luxury hotel

Philadelphia officials have broken off an agreement to sell the historic Family Court building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Peebles Corp. for the developer to revamp into a 203-room luxury hotel, as the coronavirus pandemic clouds the demand outlook for visitor accommodations in the city.



a large building by a road: The old Family Court building at 1801 Vine St. in Center City. Philadelphia officials have terminated developer Peebles Corp.’s deal to revamp the historic Family Court building.


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The old Family Court building at 1801 Vine St. in Center City. Philadelphia officials have terminated developer Peebles Corp.’s deal to revamp the historic Family Court building.

The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. said that it had “coordinated with the city and concluded that we will formally terminate the agreement” to purchase and redevelop building at 1801 Vine St., across from Logan Square, according to an email the agency sent last week to Christopher Leng Smith, Peebles’ managing director for the northeast U.S.

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The decision was made “in consideration of the impact of COVID on the hospitality market,” Sam Rhoads, a PIDC executive vice president, wrote to Smith in the email, which was provided to The Inquirer.

The move underscores the uncertainty surrounding the hotel industry and other categories of commercial real estate, with the long-term impact of the pandemic on everything from office use to convention businesses yet to play out.

“Nobody really knows what the landscape is going to look like post-pandemic,” said Christophe Terlizzi, who heads KeyBank’s commercial real estate practice in the region. “It’s unknown and it’s unknowable.”

Although hotel performance has ticked up since the early days of the pandemic, when business travel and tourism came to a virtual halt, the sector continues to struggle.

Occupancy at hotels in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania and South Jersey counties remained depressed at 46% during the week ended Nov. 14, down from 74% during the same week a year ago, according to the hospitality-industry tracker STR Inc.

Revenue per available room, a standard metric used in the hospitality industry to gauge hotel performance, fell 61%, from $110.53 to $42.75, during that time.

With vaccinations against the coronavirus expected to reach the market in the months to come, some see a resumption of more commercial activity on the city’s horizon. Yet, it’s uncertain how long some sectors, such as hospitality, will take to return to pre-pandemic levels, if they ever do.

Workers who have gotten used to discussing business with associates around the world using teleconferencing software such as Zoom may be less likely than before to take expensive and time-consuming business trips or attend costly conventions, some have speculated.

And Center City may become less of a destination for whatever business travel remains if companies continue allowing employees to work from home, or if a new demand for less densely filled offices prompts a move to the suburbs where space is cheaper, others fear.

“In 2020, the immense adverse impact to the hospitality industry caused by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus created significant changes in market dynamics that impacted viability of hospitality development across the nation,” PIDC president Anne Bovaird Nevins said in an email

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Amnesty asks govt to stop luxury hotel construction to protect indigenous Mro people

File photo shows indigenous women at the Chitagong Hill Tracts Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

“Members of the Mro and other Indigenous communities are also afraid that the construction of the hotel will damage sacred sites, forests, water resources and biodiversity in the region,” the letter said

Amnesty International has raised concerns over a possible forced eviction of the Mro indigenous people from their ancestral lands due to the construction of a five-star luxury hotel on the Chimbuk-Thanchi route in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

In a letter to CHT Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing on Sunday, the international rights group also demanded immediate abandonment of the construction of the luxury hotel on the route to protect and develop the lives and livelihood of the Indigenous peoples in line with Bangladesh’s commitment in its Constitution and international human rights law.

In the letter, Amnesty raised concerns that the construction of the luxury hotel on the route between Chimbuk and Thanchi will eventually wipe out villages, forcibly evict a large number of the Mro people and destroy the social, economic, traditional and cultural fabric of the Mro Indigenous community.

“Members of the Mro and other indigenous communities are also afraid that the construction of the hotel will damage sacred sites, forests, water resources and biodiversity in the region,” the letter said.

Amnesty also said the action also contravenes Bangladesh’s commitment to protect the “institutions, persons, property and labour of these populations” under the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention, 1957.

“The construction of a five-star hotel under these circumstances would violate the Bangladeshi authorities’ responsibility and commitment to protect and promote the rights of the indigenous peoples, rather than providing the indigenous community with the necessary support to realize their own development plans, such as improving access to education and electricity,” it added.

At the same time, community members said that the hotel and associated projects may ultimately lead to the direct and indirect taking away of at least 800 acres of land of the Indigenous people in violation of the customary laws of the community. 

“Furthermore, the hotel’s construction, on the land belonging to Indigenous peoples, would violate Bangladesh’s constitutional obligation to “protect and develop the unique local culture and tradition of the tribes, minor races, ethnic sects and communities,” Amnesty said in the letter.

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Michigan GOP officials were pictured drinking champagne in the lobby of Trump’s luxury DC hotel after meeting the president to discuss attempts to overturn the election result



a close up of a train station: US flags are seen at the entrance to the Turmp International Hotel at Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of the 2020 US presidential election Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images


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US flags are seen at the entrance to the Turmp International Hotel at Pennsylvania Avenue on the eve of the 2020 US presidential election Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images

  • Michigan GOP officials were pictured drinking Dom Perignon champagne in the lobby of President Trump’s luxury Washington DC hotel on Friday night. 
  • Hours earlier, the officials met Trump at the White House, amid the president’s campaign to pressure state officials to overturn the election result. 
  • In a joint statement after the meeting, state GOP leaders said they were not “made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.” 
  • The lawmakers told CNN they had paid their own bills at the hotel. 
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Michigan Republican Party officials were pictured enjoying champagne in the lobby of President Donald Trump’s luxury Washington DC hotel after being hosted by the president at the White House.

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and other members of his group were pictured at Trump International Hotel in Washington DC Friday evening drinking Dom Perignon champagne in a lobby bar, in images acquired by the Detroit Free Press. 

Both Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey stayed overnight at the hotel, located a few blocks from the White House. Trump had earlier held a meeting with the lawmakers, reported CNN. 

 

The following morning, Shirkey and state Republican official Dan Lauwers were pictured leaving the hotel by Detroit News’ Washington correspondent Melissa Nana Burke. They did not answer any questions from her. 

In a tweet, a staffer for Democratic Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee accused the lawmakers pictured in the lobby of violating coronavirus guidelines, with none of the group wearing masks or observing social distancing. 

 

Spokespeople for Chatfield and Shirkey told CNN that the lawmakers had paid their own expenses at the hotel. 

 

The lawmakers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

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Earlier on Friday, the lawmakers met Trump at the White House. Trump has continued his long-shot bid to overturn the election result by pressuring state Republican officials to delay certifying vote counts. Biden was projected winner in Michigan by media organizations more than two weeks ago. 

After the meeting, Chatfield and Shirkey in a joint statement said that they had not been “made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan” and said “as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.”

They claimed that a coronavirus relief package for Michigan was the focus of their talks with the president. 

In response to the statement, Trump said in a tweet Saturday that evidence of fraud would be shown in court. 

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Glass-domed luxury train will travel through Southwest next summer

A new high-end train route is on its way to the Southwest.

Rocky Mountaineer, a Canada-based luxury rail-tour company, announced on Thursday that it will be launching a two-day route next summer.

The “Rockies to the Red Rocks” trip — between Denver and Moab, Utah — will stop overnight in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Passengers will travel on one of Rocky Mountaineer’s glass-domed train coaches through the beautiful scenery of the Southwest.

The cost of the trip starts at $1,250 USD per person, according to the announcement. It includes the two-day train journey as well as the overnight stay in Glenwood Springs.

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Canada-based luxury rail company Rocky Mountaineer will be launching a new route between Colorado and Utah next summer. (Rocky Mountaineer)

Canada-based luxury rail company Rocky Mountaineer will be launching a new route between Colorado and Utah next summer. (Rocky Mountaineer)

The route’s preview season will run from Aug. 15 through Oct. 23, 2021, with 40 departures, the company said.

For people who want to book a ticket now, they can make a $25 refundable deposit. 

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Rocky Mountaineer is still developing various tour and activity packages with help from local tourism groups and hotels, “so guests can experience even more of the region,” the announcement said.

The two-day route, called 'Rockies to the Red Rocks,' will stop overnight in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. (Rocky Mountaineer)

The two-day route, called ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks,’ will stop overnight in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. (Rocky Mountaineer)

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“Over the past 30 years, Rocky Mountaineer has become renowned for our world-class train travel experiences, and now we are opening our newest train experience in the region where train travel history began,” Peter Armstrong, Rocky Mountaineer’s founder, said in a statement. “This region, with its magnificent scenery, national parks, vast opportunities to explore, will delight millions.” 

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The company already runs three luxury train routes in Canada, from Vancouver to three towns in the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. 

The journey will also be held on one of Rocky Mountaineer's glass-domed train coaches. (Rocky Mountaineer)

The journey will also be held on one of Rocky Mountaineer’s glass-domed train coaches. (Rocky Mountaineer)

Steve Sammut, Rocky Mountaineer’s president and CEO, said the company has been working on adding new routes for several years.

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In a statement, Sammut said the Rocky Mountaineer has been in search of a route with “incredible scenery, iconic destinations, and the option for an all daytime, multi-day journey that is best experienced by train.”

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“Rockies to the Red Rocks will have all of this and more, and is an opportunity to bring our award-winning Rocky Mountaineer experience to showcase the epic scenery of the Southwest United States,” Sammut said.

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New luxury hotel near River Walk brings glitz, glamour, much needed economic impact

SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio is growing so fast and you might now notice a new sight on the city’s skyline.

The brand new Thompson San Antonio hotel is full of glitz and glamour and economic impact for the Alamo City.

“At a time where the hospitality industry is a challenging industry, we’re bringing new jobs to San Antonio that really needs it; we will add about 150 jobs at opening and through time that will probably grow to about 200,” General Manager Ted Knighton said.

And San Antonio needs jobs, especially in the tourism industry.

“One in seven San Antonians work in the tourism and hospitality industry so you know when the numbers are down it has a seismic impact on our local economy,” Richard Oliver, director of partner and community relations for Visit San Antonio said.

Photos show 20-story luxury hotel opening up near the River Walk

The pandemic has been devastating across the country, but especially here.

“I think tourism and hospitality especially in San Antonio, the third largest industry in the city, has been hit hard. We have lost almost $365 million in economic impact, just in meetings we’ve lost,” Oliver said.

So, the Thompson Hotel could help our market because there appears to be a need.

“There’s not enough luxury product in San Antonio, particularly on the weekends where the leisure travel is demanding for larger guest rooms with outdoor space, which we have, and a contemporary modern design,” Knighton said.

In fact, this new lavish lodging could actually serve as an attraction.

“The Thompson hotel is going to be a big destination for folks. We’ve seen it with Hotel Emma and it shows that there is a market in San Antonio for a good luxury lodge and certainly the Thompson is going to be that,” Oliver said.

It will a unique feature to the Alamo City to say the least.

“As you can see there’s no rooftop bar lounge perspective like we have and I’m so excited to introduce it to the locals, because you can see San Antonio from another angle 20 stories up,” Knighton said.

The rooftop bars and restaurants are open to the public starting Jan. 27.

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Proper Hospitality turned luxury suites into private offices for remote workers

  • Hotel brand Proper Hospitality and coworking space provider Industrious partnered to turn some of Proper’s luxury hotel suites into private offices.
  • The suites can accommodate one to six people depending on the location.
  • Visitors will receive free WiFi, coffee, an extra computer monitor, printing access, and a digital subscription to The New York Times, to name a few perks.
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Hotel brand Proper Hospitality and coworking space provider Industrious has partnered to turn some of Proper’s luxury hotel suites into private offices.

The “work from anywhere” mentality and digital nomad lifestyle saw a strong resurgence during the pandemic when employers across the US started announcing long-term or permanent work from home protocols. As a result, several industries started looking at this rising nomadic workforce as a potential segment of new customers.

This includes Proper Hospitality, which recently partnered with Industrious’ “Work From Here by Industrious” program to turn some of the brand’s luxury hotel suites into private offices for the work remote crowd. 

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