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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Boutique" hotels coming to the suburbs- USA Today

USA Today had an interesting article today about new "boutique-style" hotels opening in the suburbs of America's largest cities to escape the rising land prices of more urban areas. These modern hotel chains are (at most) a few years old, but they all have aggressive expansion plans. With the hotel boom currently going on in Huntsville, I wouldn't be surprised to see one or more of these chains open a location here in a couple of years:
  • Hotel Indigo- by the same company that owns Holiday Inn. Has 17 hotels open, with 62 planned.
  • NYLO Hotels- A business boutique hotel chain which just opened its first hotel in suburban Dallas. Another hotel will open later this year in Warwick, RI (south of Providence) with 50 more planned.
  • aloft- created by Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Westin and Sheraton). Five hotels are now open, with many more coming, including a hotel in Homewood (opening next year) and Franklin/Cool Springs, TN (opening in October). They are also building hotels in smaller metro areas like Charleston and Greenville, SC and Northwest Arkansas.
Two similar hotel chains, Cambria Suites and Hyatt Place, have both announced plans to build hotels in Huntsville. The Hyatt Place is under construction in Providence and will open later this year.

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