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Loews picks up a Boston hotel; Hyatt expands in France

In news of hotel openings, closings and rebrandings this month, Loews Hotels moves into Boston; Starwood adds a pair of Le Meridiens in the U.S.; Wyndham and Choice take over 100 Jameson Inns; two boutique properties open in the Los Angeles area; Poland gets a Luxury Collection location; Hyatt takes on four hotels in France; and Shangri-La adds a Mumbai property.

Loews Hotels & Resorts has agreed to purchase the Back Bay Hotel in Boston, at the corner of Berkeley and Stuart streets, with plans to convert it to the Loews brand. The hotel was formerly owned by the Doyle Collection, which had called it Jurys Boston Hotel before renaming it in 2009 … What was a Hampton Inn in Bensalem, Pa. — halfway between downtown Philly and Bucks County — is now a Holiday Inn Express … In Washington D.C., the DoubleTree by Hilton in Foggy Bottom (801 New Hampshire Ave. NW) is being converted to a Residence Inn by Marriott; the company has also cut the ribbon on a Courtyard by Marriott nearby at 515 20th Street NW … Starwood Hotels has added a Four Points by Sheraton at the Richmond, Va. airport … A former Ramada at the Charleston, S.C. airport has become a DoubleTree by Hilton after a renovation … Starwood’s Le Meridien brand is adding a pair of domestic locations this month. In Georgia, the former Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites outside the city in suburban Dunwoody has become Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter; and in Texas, The Stoneleigh — an historic property in Dallas’ uptown district that had joined the Luxe Hotels group just last year — has now become Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh.

Also in Texas, Corpus Christi has a new Hyatt Place, located in the heart of town … Farther north, Dolce Hotels and Resorts has opened a 209-room property called The Alexander in Indianapolis’ new CityWay downtown neighborhood development … The former Clarion hotel located minutes from the Chattanooga, Tenn. airport has been converted into a Four Points by Sheraton … The Loews Denver Hotel was due to close this month for renovations prior to rebranding under new ownership; local media reported that it is expected to become a Hyatt, but there’s no confirmation yet … A pair of new luxury boutique properties have opened their doors in the Los Angeles area this month. The Sirtaj Beverly Hills, at 120 S. Reeves Drive, is a 32-room, family-owned hotel with a restaurant called p.s. beverly hills that features “a pared down menu of globally inspired cuisine” … And a new hotel called The Moment, on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard across from the Guitar Center, has just 39 rooms, and features “sloped and slanted walls presenting the feeling of motion and movement” … Outside L.A., a new Courtyard by Marriott has opened on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills; it’s equipped with the chain’s new lobby design … In Canada, Toronto’s landmark Metropolitan Hotel has new owners and is slated to become a DoubleTree by Hilton later this year.

More than 100 Jameson Inns properties around the U.S. are taking on new brand identities in a massive remaking of the group. Some 56 Jameson hotels in the mid-Atlantic and southeast corridor regions will join the Wyndham Hotel Group — 49 of them as Baymont Inn & Suites, one as a Days Inn and six as Howard Johnson properties. Choice Hotels International will add 46 Jameson locations in the Midwest and south to its family, rebranding 42 of them as Quality Inns, two as Comfort Inns and two as Econo Lodges.

In Europe, Starwood has upgraded one of the top hotels in Warsaw, Poland: Le Meridien Bristol, a 112-year-old institution, has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation — including refurbished guest rooms and a new restaurant and wine bar — and has been rebranded as a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection … Hyatt Hotels has signed a deal to add its brand to four hotels in France, effective this spring: In Cannes, the Hotel Martinez will become a Grand Hyatt; in Nice, the Palais de la Mediterranee Hotel will be rebranded as a Hyatt Regency; in Paris, the Concorde Lafayette will be renamed Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile; and the Hotel du Louvre will be renovated and join Hyatt’s Andaz group … The Morrison Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, has become a DoubleTree by Hilton … Choice Hotels is adding several new members in the U.K. this month in a deal with Akkeron Hotels Group Ltd.: Akkeron hotels in Bristol, Bury St. Edmunds, Colchester, Peterborough and Kings Lynn will take on Choice’s Quality brand; and properties in Winchester, Darlington, Ringwood and Stevenage will become part of Choice’s Clarion Collection … In the Netherlands, there’s a new Park Inn by Radisson near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in the Schiphol-Rijk office park.

Got business in Mozambique? A new Radisson Blu Hotel has opened in the capital city of Maputo, located near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima …  Best Western has a new member property in Kazakhstan: The Best Western Plus Atakent Park Hotel is in the center of Almaty … In the Mideast, Starwood opened the 481-room Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel 20 minutes from the Dubai Airport … There’s lots of lodging activity in India this month. Some 200 rooms (of an eventual total of 390) have opened at the new Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai, located above the Palladium Mall … The Kempinski group has opened the 480-room Kempinski Ambience Delhi in the Shadara commercial district in East Delhi, with 70,000 square feet of meeting space … Carlson Rezidor cut the ribbon on the Radisson Blu Hotel MBD Ludhiana in the northern city of the same name … InterContinental Hotels Group has a new 269-room Crown Plaza in Kochi (formerly Cochin) on the west coast … There’s a new 215-room Westin in Chennai … And Marriott has entered the Bangalore market with the 324-room Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield.

Two U.S. chains have new properties in China this month. Hyatt opened the 439-room Hyatt Regency Qingdao in that coastal city where the beer of the same name comes from … Marriott added its 14th hotel in China with the debut of the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong, located close to the China headquarters of several Fortune 500 firms … Marriott also added a Courtyard by Marriott in Sha Tin, a town in Hong Kong’s New Territories north of Kowloon … In Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels has cut the ribbon on the 367-room Parkroyal on Pickering … And the Movenpick Heritage Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island has added a new wing with 62 suites … Starwood Preferred Guest members looking for an exotic getaway have a new option in Thailand: The company has opened Vana Belle, a resort that’s part of its Luxury Collection, on the island of Koh Samui off the east coast … In Australia, Hilton has signed a deal with the BG Group of Hotels to take over management of four properties there, including a Hilton branded hotel and two DoubleTrees in Darwin; and a DoubleTree in Alice Springs … In Latin America, a three-year restoration project in Cartagena, Colombia has ended with the opening of the Sofitel Legend Cartagena Santa Clara, in the heart of town; it started life as a convent for the Clarist nuns in 1621.

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