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Xenia Hotels & Resorts Completes Dispositions Of Hotel Commonwealth And Renaissance Austin Hotel

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: XHR) (“Xenia” or the “Company”) today announced it has completed the previously announced dispositions of the 245-room Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, Massachusetts for $113.0 million, or approximately $461,000 per key, and the 492-room Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas for $70.0 million, or approximately $142,000 per key. In addition to the sale proceeds, the Company retained a total of $6.6 million in cash that was held in the properties’ FF&E reserves.

“We are pleased to have completed both of these transactions in an efficient manner,” commented Marcel Verbaas, Xenia’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Year to date, we have now sold four hotels for nearly $400 million. These dispositions have allowed us to efficiently raise a significant amount of capital at a superior cost to other alternatives. Additionally, we have successfully increased our balance sheet flexibility to help position the Company to be opportunistic as the recovery takes hold.”

The sale price for Hotel Commonwealth represented an 11.8x multiple on the hotel’s 2019 Hotel EBITDA, while the Renaissance Austin’s sale price represented a 6.8x multiple on its 2019 Hotel EBITDA. Including the dispositions of Residence Inn Boston Cambridge and Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa, which were both completed in October, the combined sale prices of the four properties sold by the Company in 2020 represented an approximately 10x multiple on 2019 Hotel EBITDA.

“Our high-quality portfolio has afforded us the opportunity to create meaningful additional liquidity and balance sheet flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted our Company and the lodging industry as a whole,” continued Mr. Verbaas. “The sale of Hotel Commonwealth at a highly attractive valuation, particularly given the current uncertain operating environment, is representative of the value embedded in our portfolio. Meanwhile, the sale price for Renaissance Austin reflects its dependence on corporate and group demand which have been severely affected by the pandemic, as well as the hotel’s substantial near-term capital needs and its location in a market where a significant number of higher-quality and better-located hotels have opened in recent years. Having completed the most recent renovations to the hotel’s guest rooms and the majority of its public and meeting space almost 8 years ago, we believe the sale of this non-strategic hotel, which achieved the second-lowest RevPAR in our portfolio in 2019, was the most prudent course of action at this time.  With our recently completed dispositions and additional balance sheet activity, we believe we have taken the right steps during this pandemic to position the Company for future growth.”

Proceeds from the sales will be utilized to repay borrowings under the Company’s line of credit and for general corporate purposes.

About Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a self-advised and self-administered REIT that invests in uniquely positioned luxury and upper upscale hotels and resorts, with a focus on the top 25 U.S. lodging markets as well as key

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An American man was jailed after leaving a negative review of a Thai hotel, and TripAdvisor has now issued a warning on the resort’s page

a large body of water: Koh Chang in Thailand. Getty/Chakarin Wattanamongkol

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Koh Chang in Thailand. Getty/Chakarin Wattanamongkol

  • TripAdvisor has placed a warning message on the page of a Thai hotel that arrested a guest on defamation charges after he wrote negative reviews.
  • Sea View Resort claims American Wesley Barnes wrote “a series of harassment reviews” which led to its legal action.
  • Barnes was arrested and spent two nights in prison, facing a potential two-year sentence.
  • TripAdvisor paid Barnes’ legal fees and all three parties reportedly reached a deal that would see charges dropped and the review deleted, but the hotel claims the travel site went back on its agreement not to add a warning message.
  • In a statement, TripAdvisor said it “strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”
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TripAdvisor has placed a warning message on the page of a hotel in Thailand after one of its guests was accused of defamation for writing a negative review.

American Wesley Barnes was facing up to two years in prison and spent two nights in a Thai jail after Sea View Resort in Koh Chang had him arrested over a negative TripAdvisor review, as Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin previously reported.

Sea View Resort’s Tripadvisor page now has a red message at the top warning potential guests, which reads:

“This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a TripAdvisor user in relation to the traveler writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result. TripAdvisor serves its users best when travelers are free to share their opinions and experiences on our platform – both positive and negative. The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.”

graphical user interface, text, application, email: The red warning badge on the Sea View Resort Tripadvisor page. Tripadvisor

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The red warning badge on the Sea View Resort Tripadvisor page. Tripadvisor

TripAdvisor said in a statement that it “strongly opposes” establishments using local laws to punish travelers for expressing their opinion.

However, Sea View Resort told Insider that Tripadvisor “went back on their word,” claiming all parties had reached an agreement that would not involve any message being placed on the website.

Wesley Barnes, who lives in Thailand, visited the island resort in June 2020 and has been accused of posting multiple negative reviews.

He left a one-star review of the property, titled: “Unfriendly staff and horrible restaurant manager.”

Barnes wrote: “Unfriendly staff, no one ever smiles. They act like they don’t want anyone there. The restaurant manager was the worst. He is from the Czech Republic. He is extremely rude and impolite to guests. Find another place. There are plenty with nicer staff that are happy you are staying with them.”

However, Barnes had also posted another now-deleted review, which accused Sea View Resort of “modern slavery,” according to the hotel.

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Pivot Hotels & Resorts To Launch The Kimpton Harper Hotel In Fort Worth, Texas

ATLANTA, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Leading hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts has been tapped by Development Services Group (DSG, Inc.) to manage the Kimpton Harper Hotel, a new hotel slated for opening in spring 2021. Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in close proximity to the Fort Worth Convention Center and Sundance Square, the 226-room Kimpton Harper is operated by Davidson’s lifestyle and luxury division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts, and housed within the historic Farmers and Mechanics National Bank landmark building, soaring 24 stories into the skyline. Upon completion, the centrally located hotel will feature Refinery 714, a penthouse bar and lounge with sweeping views of the plains; Il Modo, a vibrant, bustling restaurant and bar serving Italian fare with a modern sensibility; 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space; a rooftop observation deck with a 360-degree view of Fort Worth; and Kimpton’s signature amenities that include evening social hour, morning coffee service and complimentary PUBLIC bicycles.

“We are excited to launch this vibrant new hotel in collaboration with our esteemed partners at DSG, Inc.,” said Thom Geshay, president, Davidson Hotels & Resorts. “Leveraging the Pivot team’s ability to be agile and nimble to adapt to modern business needs, we understand that great service and profitability go hand-in-hand, and we look forward to developing unique and creative programming that will truly differentiate the Kimpton Harper.”

“Building upon our foundational relationship, we were compelled to engage Pivot for this highly anticipated opening based on the team’s extensive lifestyle pedigree through and through,” said Gary Prosterman, president and CEO of DSG, Inc. “Pivot understands how to serve guests who desire a personalized social travel experience. We know that under the team’s leadership and guidance, the Kimpton Harper will seamlessly encapsulate the dynamic, laid-back sophistication of Fort Worth in a meaningful way.”

Fort Worth’s history was shaped by cattle and oil, growing from a military garrison to a major trading post along the Chisholm trail to a booming oil town. Built in 1921, The Farmers and Mechanics National Bank building most recently served as the headquarters for XTO Energy. DSG acquired the iconic historic building in November 2018 with a plan to complete an adaptive reuse of the office building into the Kimpton Harper, which stands as a shining example of the evolving city of Fort Worth. Once standing as the tallest building in Fort Worth for several decades, its design is a hallmark example of the Commercial or Chicago style of architecture that was popular during this boom era, symbolizing commerce, optimism and prosperity. Updated seamlessly for the 21st century, the renovation blends modern elements with the existing architecture, infusing the urban icon with laid-back soul through luxury materials and subtle details.

For more information, please visit www.theharperfortworth.com.

About Pivot Hotels & Resorts

Pivot Hotels & Resorts is the lifestyle and luxury operating division of award-winning hospitality management company Davidson Hotels & Resorts. With a deep-rooted passion

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New Ski Resorts, Inside The ‘Bachelorette’ Hotel, 2021 Airline Status News And More

Inside the Palm Springs Hotel on ‘The Bachelorette’

Contestants on ABC’s The Bachelorette may be looking for love, but many who watch the reality series have wanderlust on their minds. This season, The Bachelorette is handing out roses at the luxurious La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California. The editors of Forbes Travel Guide offer an inside peek at La Quinta, which has 620 casitas, 98 villas, 41 swimming pools, 21 tennis courts, 5 golf courses and plenty of lush gardens.

The Top New Ski Hotels for 2020-21

In a travel year that went downhill fast, there is still plenty of good news—several new ski resorts opened in 2020. Among the best new properties are three hotels in Colorado and one in Montana.

Bucket List Travel: The Top 10 Places in the World

Looking to cross off some destinations from your travel bucket list? Lonely Planet recently published its second Ultimate Travel List, which touts the 500 most thrilling and memorable destinations on earth. Among the top 10 locations are Petra, Jordan (above), Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, and Lake Bled in Slovenia. Lonely Planet also ranked the top 29 places in the United States, which includes many national parks.

Travel Wise

This week, American Airlines became the first major carrier to announce its 2021 loyalty program requirements. Given the massive reduction in flights and passengers, the mileage and spending limits are considerably lower to achieve elite status tiers.

A Handmade Slipper Collection Inspired by a Legendary New York Hotel

Stubbs & Wootton recently debuted a slipper collaboration with writer and man-about-town Zachary Weiss, inspired by New York’s iconic St. Regis hotel. The new collection celebrates club sandwiches, liquid lunch, and question that may be asked when you purchase a pair—cash or credit?

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The founder of Aman Resorts is launching a new ryokan hotel chain for the modern age

It was in 1950s Tokyo, while working as a correspondent for Time magazine, that Adrian Zecha first stayed in a traditional Japanese ryokan inn, a memory that has clearly endured.

Fast-forward more than six decades and the legendary hotelier and founder of the hugely influential hotel brand Aman Resorts is returning to his roots – with the launch of a new ryokan-inspired hotel brand in Japan.

The new brand, called Azumi, created with Japanese hospitality group Naru Developments, will offer a modern interpretation of the nation’s iconic ryokan inns, long famed for their atmospheric traditional settings and unrivalled service.

The first Azumi will open on an island in the Seto Inland Sea in spring next year, with a focus on harmonising tradition with innovation, in terms of food, design and wellness.

Shiro Miura, a Kyoto architect renowned for his sensitive contemporary interpretations of traditional Japanese architecture (including hotel Malda Kyoto, among others), is working on the new project, alongside a team of artisans, artists and gardeners from across Japan.

The Seto Inland Sea is known as the Mediterranean of Japan

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• 15 incredible ryokans that will make you want to live in Japan

“In the 1950s […] I lived in Tokyo in the hustle and bustle of the city, which was exciting, but I quickly found myself drawn to the peaceful escape of ryokan culture,”  Zecha tells the Telegraph.

“I discovered a favourite ryokan and developed a close relationship with the family who owned it. I have always remembered the unique hospitality I received there, not as a paying guest but rather a cherished family friend. This close relationship with the family who owned the ryokan, and the community that surrounded them, made the place an extension of my own home in Tokyo.

“Fast-forward to today [and] many ryokans have failed to update to the modern world, many are in financial trouble, but some remain as beautiful as they were 50 years ago. In launching Azumi with my co-founders Yuta Oka and Fumitomo Hayase, whom I met when they both worked at Aman with me, we plan to respectfully update the ryokan for the modern era.”

Yuta Oka, director of Azumi and co-founder of Naru Developments, adds: “When I first met Adrian in Singapore and told him that I was Japanese, he said ‘Well you have a beautiful culture – ryokans.’ When Adrian left Aman, it became a dream for me to work with him on updating and rejuvenating ryokans.”

Zecha famously revolutionised modern hotel concepts with the launch of Aman in Phuket in 1988. Amanpuri sparked not only a global tribe of so-called Aman junkies, but also a new generation of deluxe hotels with minimalist design and intuitive service in dramatic natural settings.

Adrian Zecha at Amanpuri, Thailand

© 2001 Peter Charlesworth/Peter Charlesworth

• 10 hotels that capture the spirit of Japan

Now in his late 80s, Zecha is showing no signs of slowing down. After leaving the Aman Group six years ago,

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Queens’ Resorts World Casino NYC announces Hyatt Regency JFK hotel to open next year

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Resorts World Casino New York City will increase its profile as a vital economic engine in southeast Queens early next year when it opens a new $400 million, four-star hotel, according to its parent company Genting Americas.

The Hyatt Regency JFK, an eight-story, 400-room, four-star hotel will feature residential-inspired guest rooms and premium suites, as well as new restaurants, state-of-the-art conference and meeting spaces, retail options and additional gaming areas.

“Hyatt’s global brand recognition will give Resorts World an even greater opportunity to tap into the travel and tourism market worldwide and showcase our unparalleled hospitality, gaming, dining and entertainment offerings,” Genting Americas East President Bob DiSalvio said. “We are proud to work with such an iconic brand as we move NY forward, and we are excited that our guests will soon be able to enjoy an integrated casino resort hotel experience right here in Queens.”

This development will bring the total investment of RWNYC to more than $1.1 billion since opening in October 2011, after Genting spent more than $700 million to enhance the existing Aqueduct grandstand to become a leading entertainment destination.

The hotel addition is estimated to create more than 500 well-paying careers for New Yorkers and provide additional revenue for New York State’s Lottery Education Fund. RWNYC has already generated nearly $3 billion for New York’s public schools.

“This hotel creates job opportunities for hundreds of the borough’s residents and is an important step in improving the gaming experience in Queens,” said state Senator Joseph Addabbo, who serves as chairman of the NYS Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. “Resorts World Casino New York City is doing its part to show tourists there is more to New York City than just Manhattan. I look forward to more people exploring the borough I’ve called home my entire life.”

The $400 million hotel and amenities investment has long been part of Genting’s vision of bringing an integrated resort, popular in destinations such as Las Vegas and Singapore to New York City. The integrated resort will seamlessly feature a variety of non-gaming amenities to complement the most innovative gaming products and entertainment offerings, allowing guests of all interests and budgets an experience that fits their personal tastes.

“Resorts World Casino New York City’s partnership with Hyatt is a welcome addition to the Fifth District, further adding to the thriving economic development in southeast Queens,” Congressman Gregory Meeks said. “Hyatt’s hospitality will help service the substantial tourism that comes through JFK, which serves as not just a hub to New York City but the world. I congratulate Resorts World New York and Hyatt and look forward to seeing the jobs created in the community as a result of this partnership.”

Beyond redefining the hotel experience for leisure guests, the new hotel will apply a high-touch experience for meetings and events, with 5,000 square feet of total function and state-of-the-art meeting facilities all backed

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THE 10 BEST Washington Family Resorts – Aug 2020 (with Prices)

  • What is the price for family resorts in Washington?

    Over the last 30 days, family resorts in Washington have been available starting from $84, though prices have typically been closer to $144.
    Price estimates were calculated on August 7, 2020. See the latest prices.

    Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.

  • Do any family resorts in Washington have a pool?

    Popular family resorts in Washington that have a pool include:

  • What are the best family resorts in Washington?

    Some of the best family resorts in Washington are:

  • What is the price for family resorts in Washington this weekend?

    Nightly rates for family resorts in Washington are starting from $140 this weekend.
    Price estimates were calculated on August 7, 2020. See the latest prices.

    Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.

  • Which family resorts in Washington offer a gym?

    A gym is available to guests at the following family resorts in Washington:

  • Which family resorts in Washington have rooms with a private balcony?

    A private balcony can be enjoyed by guests at the following family resorts in Washington:

  • Which family resorts in Washington have rooms with great views?

    These family resorts in Washington have great views and are well-liked by travelers:

  • Which family resorts in Washington are romantic?

    These family resorts in Washington have been described as romantic by other travelers:

  • Which family resorts in Washington allow pets?

    These family resorts in Washington generally allow pets:

    It is always best to call ahead and confirm specific pet policies before your stay.

  • Do any family resorts in Washington offer free breakfast?

    Free breakfast can be enjoyed at the following family resorts in Washington:

  • Which family resorts in Washington have free parking?

    These family resorts in Washington have free parking:

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    Wyndham Vacation Resorts / Timeshares – Scam promise! Review 59202


    I am completely appalled by what I am about to tell you. Purchased a timeshare from fairfield fairshare plus resorts currently doing business as wyndham vacation resorts, rci, cendant inc (parent company). Being skeptical about the ease and worry free vacation promise, they promised big vacation savings, convenience, flexibility, and great customer service. All false. My main contention for buying this timeshare was my inability to use it yearly and lengthy advance reservations. “no problem, you can bank up to 4 years of unused timeshare, ” they preached. I have called several times and have not had any unused timeshare banked because I called to early, too late, on time and they still miss handled it. They told me if I ever need to stay in a hotel call one off the list and use my vacation points to get a room. That sounded good, so I tried that by calling their hotel number for a reservation 16 days in advance. They mail a certificate to use in about 14 days. I left and the certificate never arrived, how convenient is that, shouldn’t it be click, click and in the mail? I asked to have it emailed and I will print it out, or let me right down the numbers needed to check in. What a hassle. I had to pay for hotel, and never got reimbursed by fairfield. As it turns out, they embellished, lied about the ease of getting a hotel if I am traveling by car and need to stop and get a room.

    As a bonus for being a new wonderfully appreciated customer (sucker) I received a free vacation week. I found out 2 years later by a fairfield sales person, that fairfield was charging me maintenance assessment fees for the free vacation time. According to a fairfield sales person, and a fairfield customer service representative, that should not happen. Not resolved.
    Fairfield’s timeshare costs about $600 per year in maintenance fees for a week vacation. And in addition, a $5 monthly service fee for mailing a monthly bill. Fairfield’s scam begins by calling me to give them a credit card number for an automatic maintenance fee withdrawal to eliminate the $5 per month service fee for mailing the monthly maintenance assessment fee. I refused twice, and gave them my credit card number for the automatic withdrawal the third time they called.

    The scam continues with a letter saying my maintenance fee is two months over due. I called customer service several times over several months. Their responses were first, you’re all set up and we have been making withdrawals, we’ll research this and get back to you. Second, they said we’ll remove this, it may take a month. Two months later I call customer service after receiving another late payment letter, and explain my previous calls, to resolve this mistake. Now customer service tells me to disregard future letters, we have your information, we will take care of this. Now a collection letter arrives.

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    Viceroy Hotel Group | Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

    With provocative design, intuitive service and imaginative art encounters, each Viceroy hotel is a reflection of the local culture and a uniquely authentic experience. With sought-after destinations around the world, we inspire travelers to create their own singular journey and remember to live.  

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    Top Western Ski Resorts Review for Family Ski Vacation

    For the best family ski trip, consider going out west to Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon. Here are our Top 10 Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts selected for our ski criteria: lots of ski terrain diversity, snow abundance, ski in ski out lodging, family activities, and après ski things to do, exceptional ski and snowboard schools, plus a healthy dose of scenery and friendly locals. Of course, we have yet to ski all of the Rockies, still need to ski Washington, and New Mexico… so stay tuned for more family ski reviews. But here are our favorite family ski resorts including Best Western Ski Resorts for Early Season Snow and Best Spring Skiing in the West!

    Snowmass at Aspen Colorado
    Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen ski mountains. Skiing the Big Burn at Snowmass will make everyone in the family feel like the big cheese – or a ski movie star. With ski in ski out lodging at Snowmass Village in the posh Viceroy Hotel, and the state of the art Tree House child care center – Snowmass is ideal for families. Glade expansion on Snowmass’ Burnt Mountain makes Snowmass the second largest ski resort in Colorado at 3,362-acres. Aspen’s Buttermilk is teen heaven in January when they host the trendy Winter X-Games. Siblings Aspen Highlands and Ajax in downtown Aspen are also worth a day of skiing during your family ski week in Aspen.

    Steamboat, Colorado
    Steamboat is a frontier cowboy town ideal for ski families. Steamboat’s ski terrain is extensive, 3,000 acres, with mostly gentle pitch and plenty of perfect aspen glades from mellow to steeper Shadows and Chutes. The Colorado snow and sun are abundant, and the on-mountain accommodations are aplenty including the Steamboat Grand. Steamboat’s Village at the mountain has everything steps away, while the downtown frontier town of Steamboat Springs, just a short drive, is authentic western and wild. Take the family to Strawberry Park Hot Springs for après ski. Also ski with Billy Kid, and race NASTAR in this Ski Town USA – home to the most US Olympic skiers and riders. They must be doing something right in Steamboat Springs.

    Big Sky, Montana
    Big Sky is not so easy to get too – just one of the reasons we like it so much. This Montana ski resort is vast, very fun and offers spectacular vistas in ski country. Now that Big Sky interconnects with Moonlight Basin, you have some of the biggest skiing in America. Staying slopeside at Big Sky’s Summit Hotel, you can walk to the lifts, to kids ski camp and to the Village Plaza with skier services, shops and restaurants. Take a day off to visit Yellowstone National Park -Old Faithful still goes off in winter, and the geysers and animals tracks are easy to spot in the snow.

    Vail, Colorado
    Vail is the grandfather of Rocky Mountain ski resorts (circa 1962). With so much terrain (over5,200-acres), Vail makes the top ten ski resort list

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