Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s portfolio of over 170 independent hotels and resorts around the globe, unveiled its plans to add 16 properties to its global portfolio across North America, Europe and Africa towards the end of July.
Marriott says, among the requirements for the hotels to be admitted into the portfolio, they must offer a connection to their locale, have unique design and more.
In the first quarter of 2019, Autograph Collection Hotels introduced three new hotels, including:
- Hotel Bank Opera: An accommodation paying tribute to the theatrical glamour of the nearby Paris Opera building. Travelers who stay are met by dramatic burgundy curtains. inspired by those of the grand main stage. From the center of the lobby, guests could look upwards to a large central skylight that beams in natural light and the surrounding first-floor balconies, which, like small private opera boxes, invite them to walk upstairs to continue to experience the show.
- The Oaklander Hotel: A bespoke building where Pittsburgh’s industrial past intersects with its future, offering signature touches immersed in the locale.
- Hotel Northland: An American Classic and Art Deco designed historic hotel in Green Bay, features curated touches that honor its location’s sports history.
Through July, the properties are slated to include reimagined landmarks, restored icons, castles, escapes and more.
American Landmarks Are Reimagined
The Sinclair, located in Fort Worth, TX, was named after its original tenant, the Sinclair Oil Company. The 164-room hotel—including a two-story Penthouse Suite with downtown views—is slated to open in late July.
The Drake Oak Brook Hotel is a 154-room, four-story property sitting on 10 acres of enclave in Oak Brooks, IL. The hotel will offer a fusion of old-world glamour and modern appeal following a multimillion-dollar renovation. It is set to launch next month.
The Notary Hotel in Philadelphia is set to launch in July after a $23 million transformation to reflect the grandeur of its 1926 origins.
Additional expected U.S. openings will include The Current Hotel (Tampa, FL); Envue (Weehawken, NJ) and The MC Hotel (Montclair, NJ).
Icons, Castles and Retreats in Europe
Schloss Lieser, originally built in 1885, is situated in the Moselle region of Germany. Over the centuries, politicians used the historic landmark to discuss the future of Germany. In 2007, it transformed into an independent boutique hotel.
Academia of Athens and Aegon Mykonos are slated to join the brand’s developing Greek portfolio that includes two exclusive hotels—Domes Noruz Chania and Domes of Elounda.
Other European additions this year are expected to include La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa (Reims, France), The Shelbourne (Dublin, Ireland); and Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic (Montreux Ave des Alpes, Switzerland).
Autograph Hotels Expands Into Kenya
Autograph Collection Hotels’ first hotel in Kenya, Sankara Nairobi, launched earlier this month. The 168-room hotel hosts several experiences including a Sandstone turndown amenity, rotating African art installations, Kenyan coffee creations and more. The goal of these programs is to help travelers discover Nairobi on a personal level.