Hilton Unveils official Name of their Answer to the Growing Extended-Stay Market

Hilton Unveils official Name of their Answer to the Growing Extended-Stay Market

By Author

Published on January 13, 2024

Hilton, a global leader in hospitality, has officially announced the name of its much-awaited extended-stay hotel brand: LivSmart Studios by Hilton. This unveiling marks a significant expansion in Hilton's portfolio, now boasting 22 distinct brands, and introduces a fresh perspective on long-stay accommodations.

LivSmart Studios by Hilton, conceptualised to cater to guests requiring stays of 20 nights or more, is set to redefine the extended-stay market segment. Since its initial announcement in May last year, the brand has already sparked considerable interest, with over 350 deals in various stages of negotiation.

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Isaac Lake, the brand leader for LivSmart Studios by Hilton, shared his excitement: “After much anticipation, we’re thrilled to announce that LivSmart Studios by Hilton is official. With a resilient $300bn workforce travel market, the extended-stay segment continues to grow. It has never been as primed as it is now for this long-stay brand, and we’re thrilled with the initial excitement we’ve received from owners.”

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LivSmart Studios by Hilton offers three core elements to its guests: deliberate design, spacious studio apartment-style accommodations, and a nontraditional lobby experience. The brand’s deliberate design features an exterior with warm wood tones and a modern farmhouse-inspired palette, complemented by light industrial touches. Outdoor patios with grills, a communal fire pit, and comfortable seating further enhance the guest experience.

The accommodations at LivSmart Studios are designed to emulate the feel of a spacious studio apartment. They offer an adaptable layout with efficient closet designs, ample storage, and movable furniture. The fully equipped kitchen area, featuring a dishwasher, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, and a two-burner stovetop, caters specifically to the needs of long-stay travellers.

The nontraditional lobby of LivSmart Studios is strategically designed to foster a communal environment. It provides a clear sight line to the fitness and laundry areas, as well as a simple retail market, allowing guests to enjoy a cup of coffee, exercise, or do their laundry in a relaxed setting.

Furthermore, guests at LivSmart Studios by Hilton will have the added benefit of being part of Hilton’s loyalty program, Hilton Honours. The first LivSmart Studios property broke ground last October in Kokomo, Indiana, USA, signalling the beginning of a new era in extended-stay hospitality.

LivSmart Studios by Hilton is more than just a place to stay; it's a lifestyle choice for those seeking consistency, comfort, and a touch of home during their extended travels.


Kimpton Revives Iconic Coco Palms Resort in Hawaii

Kimpton Revives Iconic Coco Palms Resort in Hawaii

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 17, 2024

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is set to bring its first luxury and lifestyle destination to Hawaii through the historically sensitive restoration of Kauai’s iconic Coco Palms Resort. Slated to open in 2026, Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort, aims to offer an exceptional retreat for travelers and the Kaua‘i community, combining cultural authenticity with modern amenities.

Situated in the picturesque Wailua Valley, Coco Palms holds a storied past as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood stars like Elvis Presley and Rita Hayworth. The resort, now owned by Reef Capital Partners and operated by Highgate, will be rejuvenated under the guidance of Native Hawaiian advisors, ensuring a culturally rich and authentic experience for guests.

The renovated resort will feature 350 accommodations spread across three low-rise hotel buildings and cottages. Guests will have access to a 15-acre coconut grove, ideal for activities ranging from meditation to movie nights and wedding ceremonies. The resort will also boast three outdoor pools, an onsite spa, and unique dining options including a rooftop bar, pool bar, and a restored shoreline restaurant.

Continuing a cherished tradition, Coco Palms will host evening torch-lighting ceremonies, adding to the resort’s cultural appeal. Kimpton’s signature services, such as the Kickstart morning coffee and tea service, nightly Kimpton Social, the “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” program, in-room yoga mats, and pet-friendly policies, will further enhance the guest experience.

Leanne Harwood, SVP and Managing Director for Luxury & Lifestyle Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, expressed excitement about the new venture. “We are incredibly excited to establish our luxury and lifestyle presence in Hawaii with Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort. Hawaii beckons travelers seeking both relaxation and discovery, and this wholly reimagined resort will welcome not only visitors, but also the local community, with unique, culturally respectful experiences all within an inspiring boutique luxury setting. We’re pleased to partner with Reef Capital Partners, who is committed to being responsible stewards of this historic landmark.”

The resort’s restoration goes beyond hospitality. A cultural center and museum will honor Kaua‘i’s heritage, featuring exhibits, lectures, and activities that educate visitors and locals about the area’s native culture and rich history. This initiative highlights the commitment to preserving the historical and cultural integrity of the land, which was left neglected after Hurricane Iniki struck in 1992.

Jon Day, CFO at Reef Capital Partners, emphasized the significance of the project. “It’s a true privilege to bring the first Kimpton resort to Hawai‘i. IHG shares our belief that the history and culture of this site, especially the pre-contact history, is what distinguishes Coco Palms from other properties and makes it such a magical place. They’re just as committed as we are to preserving its legacy and sharing it with the world. I can think of no better brand to fulfill this vision.”

Kaua‘i, known as the “Garden Isle,” offers natural beauty with its expansive rainforests and deep valleys. The Wailua River, adjacent to Coco Palms, provides scenic kayaking opportunities and leads to the serene Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock cavern. The area also offers hiking trails, helicopter tours, water sports, and is conveniently located just five miles from Lihue Airport.

Upon reopening, Coco Palms will serve as Kimpton’s west coast flagship in the Americas and join the brand’s global portfolio of boutique resorts, which includes locations in the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand.

For more information about Kimpton, visit IHG.com or download the IHG One Rewards mobile app.


Dad Day Out: Celebrate Father’s Day with Culinary Delights & Relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

Dad Day Out: Celebrate Father’s Day with Culinary Delights & Relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

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Published on June 16, 2024

This Father’s Day, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore has curated a special set of experiences to honor the amazing fathers in our lives. On June 17, 2024, starting at 12:30 pm, treat your dad to an exclusive Father’s Day Brunch at The Market, the hotel's award-winning global dining outlet. This brunch will feature a diverse array of Western, Indian, and Asian culinary delights in a warm, inviting atmosphere.

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To complement the culinary experience, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a rejuvenating escape with a 30% discount on Men’s Spa Experiences from June 1st to June 30th. The luxurious 17,000 sq. ft. spa features ten experience rooms and a variety of treatments, including the signature "Jaali Embrace," blending ancient healing techniques with modern luxury.

For dads who love learning new skills, The Ritz-Carlton is hosting special Father’s Day Week activities from June 10th to 16th. These include a Gourmet Masterclass followed by an Omakase experience at The Market or a Mixology Masterclass with canapés at IZU, each accompanied by a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Additionally, The Ritz-Carlton offers the "Elite Father's Ensemble" hamper, featuring a bottle of wine, cufflinks and tie, a flower bouquet, and luxurious items like Brawny Bear Spread and the Forest Essentials Kit. Other hampers tailored to various tastes are also available, ensuring every dad finds something he loves.

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Event Details:

  • Father’s Day Brunch: June 17, 2024, starting at INR 3399+ taxes
  • Men’s Spa Services Discount: 30% off from June 1 to June 30, 2024
  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
  • Occasion: Father’s Day Celebration

About The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore is a luxury hotel in the heart of Bangalore, featuring 277 rooms and suites, and seven award-winning restaurants and bars. It is the perfect destination for relaxation and indulgence in luxury. For more information, visit The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Connect with us on Facebook (@ritzcarltonbangalore) and Instagram (@ritzcarlton.bangalore).

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and includes nearly 8,700 properties across 30 leading brands in 139 countries. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts worldwide. For more details, visit Marriott International and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@MarriottIntl).


IHCL’s Taj Brand Tops Global Hotel Rankings in 2024

IHCL’s Taj Brand Tops Global Hotel Rankings in 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 16, 2024

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, proudly announced that its iconic brand, Taj, has been named the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand for 2024 by Brand Finance. The prestigious ‘Hotels 50 2024’ annual report by the world's leading brand valuation consultancy recognizes the most valuable and strongest hotel brands globally.

Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of IHCL, expressed his delight, stating, "We are honored for Taj to be recognized as the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand again, especially in its milestone 120th year. Achieving this recognition for four years, with three times as the number one in the world, testifies to the brand’s century-old legacy of pioneering destinations, setting global benchmarks, and showcasing Indian hospitality to the world. This achievement underscores the trust and affection of our guests and the steadfast dedication and commitment of our colleagues in delivering warm and sincere service, a true hallmark of Taj.”

Chhatwal added, “Having demonstrated accelerated and responsible growth, Taj will remain at the forefront of furthering a sustainable and inclusive future for the hospitality industry.”

According to Brand Finance’s Hotel 50 2024 report, “With a 45% increase in brand value to USD 545 million, Taj has become the world’s strongest hotel brand. Its improved Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 92.9 out of 100 earned it an AAA+ rating, the highest brand strength rating awarded by Brand Finance.

Taj also stands as the world’s second-fastest-growing brand, underscored by supercharged revenue growth and an increase in brand strength. Taj’s BSI score climbed more than three points and performed exceptionally well across various brand strength metrics, such as familiarity, consideration, recommendation, and reputation.”

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The report highlights the brand’s strong sustainability focus delivered under IHCL’s ESG+ framework of Paathya, outlining short and long-term goals for 2030 anchored to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

About The Indian Hotels Company Limited

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travelers and ranked as World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2024 and India’s Strongest Brand 2023 by Brand Finance; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionizing the lean luxe segment.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 322 hotels, including 99 under development globally across four continents, 13 countries, and in over 130 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization and is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.

For more information, click here to access the full report by Brand Finance.

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