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Lobby Bar – July 20: Rachel and Ross, Schadenfreude, HAL, and ‘I’ll Take New Airlines for $200, Alex!’

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We don’t need no stinkin’ airline. Serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is at it again, this time starting yet another new airline in the United States. There’s only one problem: In order to start operations, the existing carriers have to vote one of its own off the island.
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JW Marriott Hotels to Offer ‘Family by JW’ Program with Guggenheim and Joffrey Ballet

JW Marriott Hotels to Offer ‘Family by JW’ Program with Guggenheim and Joffrey Ballet

Marriott International announced the Family by JW program, available at JW Marriott properties.
Family by JW was created for children between the ages of five and 12 and includes a variety of activities and adventures that Marriott says will leave families feeling “inspired and connected.” The activities are based on three themes – creativity, activeness, and culture – and will include programs with partners such as the Guggenheim Museum and the …

Former Trump Ocean Club in Panama to Become JW Marriott

Former Trump Ocean Club in Panama to Become JW Marriott

Marriott International announced the reflagging of the Bahia Grand Panama Hotel in Panama City, formerly the Trump Ocean Club, as the JW Marriott.
The hotel opened in 2011 and was the first international development by the Trump Organization. It is located in the tallest building in Central America, a 70-story, 2,500,000-square-foot (230,000-square-meter) mixed use waterfront condominium.
The JW Marriott’s 369 rooms average 600 square feet (56 square meters) and many offer views …

Marriott to Transform Sheraton Grand Phoenix into a Model for the Sheraton Brand

Marriott to Transform Sheraton Grand Phoenix into a Model for the Sheraton Brand

Marriott International announced plans to transform the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel into what it termed “a cutting-edge model for the Sheraton brand.”
The Bethesda-based hotelier said it had acquired the 33-story, thousand-room property in order to renovate it as part of its $500 million program to upgrade and bolster the Sheraton brand.
“The hotel will provide a living and breathing showcase of our new vision for the Sheraton brand,” said Marriott CEO …

Marriott Breaks Ground on New HQ Building in Bethesda

Marriott Breaks Ground on New HQ Building in Bethesda

Marriott International broke ground on its new headquarters building in downtown Bethesda, Maryland, Monday, commemorating the start of the first phase of construction on the project.
The companies who are managing the project and own the land it will sit on, Boston Properties and the Bernstein Companies, are erecting a headquarters building with over 785,000 square feet (72,928 square meters) of office space for approximately 3,500 workers that is designed to meet …

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Reflagged as Westin Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Reflagged as Westin Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii

Marriott International’s Westin Hotels & Resorts unit announced the reflagging of the former Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii to the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort.
The hotel recently underwent an extensive renovation of guestrooms, public areas such as lobbies, and restaurants as part of the conversion.
Dining venues will include Meridia, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with al fresco dining; Naupaka Beach Grill, which is poolside and offers salads, sandwiches, …

Marriott to Open Moxy Chelsea Skyscraper Hotel in N.Y.’s Flower District This Fall

Marriott to Open Moxy Chelsea Skyscraper Hotel in N.Y.’s Flower District This Fall

Marriott International announced that the Moxy Chelsea hotel will open in New York City’s Flower District this fall.
The new property is a 37-story high-rise with 349 rooms and was designed by the architectural firm Stonehill Taylor. The building itself sports an industrial façade and a greenhouse-style atrium. The lobby will feature several art installations including a LED display that flashes a variety of random phrases at passing guests.
The rooms feature …