October is one of my favorite months in New York City. Here you get a mix of chilly autumn days and unexpectedly warm temperatures, and the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red. Now that many schools are on autumn break, there are plenty of tourists in the city visiting the beautiful greenery of Central Park (and staying in the best hotels in the area) and for me this is a last chance to hold the city before it gets really busy. cold.
But when those leaves changed, so did the hotel world, and there was plenty of news you might have missed over the past month. For starters, Hyatt opened a swanky new adults-only all-inclusive resort in Tulum, Marriott and MGM pushed back the launch dates of their new partnership to next year, Four Seasons joined Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection, and we got a first look at the renovation of W Union Square here in New York City.
But in between the telling of those stories, there was more that happened that I think you should know about. So, as I do every month, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite news events that might pique your interest, from some openings in the hospitality industry in cyberspace to an upcoming opening here on Earth.
Munich just got a nice new Rosewood
In Germany, Munich is now home to one of the most important luxury brands in the world: Rosewood. Located in the Old Town, the Rosewood Munich is now open and is located in a historic space – the former headquarters of the Bavarian State Bank – and features 73 rooms and 59 suites. The construction work is supervised by Munich-based Hilmer Sattler Architekten and the interior was designed by the celebrated firm Tara Bernerd & Partners.
On site, guests will find a handful of restaurants and bars, an indoor pool, Germany’s first Asaya Spa and artwork by German illustrator Olaf Hajek. Rates at Rosewood Munich start around $800 per night through the end of 2023. Because Rosewood doesn’t have its own loyalty program, people can The Platinum Card® from American Express can book through Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts for elite benefits like noon check-in (subject to availability), a $100 food and beverage credit, daily breakfast for two, possible room upgrades, and a guaranteed 4:00 PM check-out.
Sheraton and Reese Witherspoon’s book club are teaming up
As part of Sheraton’s new Gatherings by Sheraton program, designed to help build connections between hotel guests and locals, the Marriott affiliate brand is launching Reese’s Book Club x Sheraton Lobby Library. The series will see a handful of hotel lobbies transform into meeting spaces for pop-up events such as “Beyond the Page,” moderated speaking events with Reese’s Book Club authors and more.
The events will kick off at the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles (October 11 – November 12) and continue with events at the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel and Sheraton Grand London Park Lane in 2024. The hotels will also stock the full Reese’s Book catalog to have. Club, while other hotels around the world organize monthly gatherings around new books included in the collection. More information can be found here.
Hilton’s LXR opens on an Italian lake
Hilton’s luxury LXR Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in Italy in 2026 with the Grand Hotel Gardone Lake Garda, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Housed in a historic building on the water of Lake Garda, the property features 160 rooms, two restaurants, two bars, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools and plenty of places to watch the water. While there’s still a lot to learn about the exciting property, check out some of LXR’s other properties, including Seattle’s Hotel 1000 and London’s Biltmore Mayfair, for a taste of the brand. And you know we’ll be there as soon as it opens for a proper review.
Related: The 19 Best Hilton Hotels in the World
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A new resort in Las Vegas is accepting reservations
Las Vegas has something for everyone, including some of the most over-the-top suites in the world. At the end of November, Sin City will add another resort and casino to its collection, Durango Casino & Resort, and it will no doubt have some pretty swanky suites as well.
Located on the Strip in the Southwest Valley, the new casino has a lot to offer those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the main drag. When it opens on November 20, the new resort will feature suites with views of the nearby mountains or the Las Vegas skyline; restaurants with upscale American cuisine, steaks and modern Mexican; 83,000 square feet of gaming space; and so much more.
The opening week appears to be completely sold out, but rates through November start at $399 per night.
A new Kimpton has finally opened on the island of Roatan
On the island of Roatan, about 40 miles from mainland Honduras, the Kimpton Grand Roatan Resort & Spa has finally opened. Roatan is a beautiful island with some of the bluest waters I have seen with my own eyes – and the resort looks just as beautiful.
There, guests can book airy and modern rooms, bungalows and even multi-room apartments, which can accommodate families or groups. Dining options include a Mediterranean restaurant with local ingredients, a California-inspired beachside restaurant, a seafood restaurant where you can enjoy a grilled lobster roll with your feet in the sand, and more. Fun activities include relaxing at one of the two pools, diving in the coral reef just off the beach or enjoying the resort’s water toys.
Rates start from $215 or 47,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.
Marriott opens 4 new hotels in a virtual city
I’d be lying if I said I fully understand this one, but I certainly find it interesting. Marriott launched a digital city called Marriott Bonvoy Land in the online survival game Fortnite, where players compete to be the last one standing. While I’ve never played Fortnite myself, I’ve heard it’s all the rage among gamers across many demographics. Now people can play hotel-themed mini-games representing four Marriott brands: Moxy Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels & Resorts and Autograph Collection Hotels.
To play, Fortnite players can use the game code 7652-9467-4215 to get to the park plaza via Fortnite Creative, according to a statement from Marriott: “At the intersection of travel and gaming, players begin socializing and exploring before ‘checking out’ . in’ to the various hotels. The virtual concierge greets guests with two options: view their room or unlock the hotel mini-game.”
In the Marriott-inspired minigames, players transform into flamingos at the Moxy, navigate mazes in the Westin’s signature Westin Workout Fitness Studio, try to find a special DJ set on the Wet Rooftop of the virtual W Hotel, and they explore destination-focused rooms at the Autograph Collection hotel. For hotel-obsessed people like me, this might be the best way to travel without leaving the comfort of home.
And to make it more fun for Fortnite players and gamers in the know, on November 2, a surprise celebrity guest will join Twitch streamer Sommerset for a live stream at Marriott Bonvoy Land, giving away Marriott stays and talking about their favorite travel destinations.
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