Hospitality
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4/20/2018

Work on the shuttered Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac, Wis., is progressing. The 127-key property has been closed since late 2015.

4/20/2018

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is adding an underwater villa dubbed the Muraka. Some of the two-story structure will be about 16 feet under the Indian Ocean's surface.

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CNN
4/19/2018

A hotel-focused service provider for Alexa for Business has added conventional phone calling to the device's video conferencing function. Volara uses Alexa to serve as a concierge service for hotel guests.

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Alexa, Volara
4/19/2018

Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC of Dallas reportedly has purchased the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. An internal memo said HEI Hotels & Resorts will take over management in June.

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KUSA-TV (Denver)
4/19/2018

In the wake of California's most devastating wildfire season on record, hotel occupancy rates rose in four affected counties, according to a new report. First-quarter revenues were up 26.6% year over year in Sonoma County, where the most homes were lost.

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Sonoma County, California
4/19/2018

A locally based artist's colorful illustration spreads nearly 25 feet across the entrance to Chicago's St. Jane Hotel, set to open in June. Morgan Ramberg's art deco-inspired work highlights renovation of the former Hard Rock Hotel in the Carbon & Carbide building, which was built in 1929.

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Curbed
4/19/2018

Croatia's San Servolo Resort features the country's only beer spa. Guests are invited to soak in tubs filled with beer hops while enjoying a drink from in-room taps.

4/19/2018

Spas have become a regular fixture in luxury condo buildings, such as Chicago's 1000M building. Ice therapy and a Himalayan salt room are among 1000M's spa amenities, while Oceana Bal Harbour in Miami offers a hyperbaric oxygen infusion.

4/19/2018

A manicure based on a client's fetal ultrasound picture has caught fire on social media. "It is definitely becoming a trend, because I'm getting messages from all over the world," said nail technician Sarah Clarke of England, who came up with the idea.

4/19/2018

Hotel Indigo in Chicago will rebrand as the Claridge House next month following a $9 million renovation. The property has 165 keys.

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Hotel Indigo