Life House, Aimbridge, McKibbon are added to the management portfolios
Management companies add properties to their portfolios. Here is an overview:
Life House expands in East Hampton
New York-based boutique hotel operator Life House Hotels has added the Maidstone Hotel and Maidstone Restaurant in East Hampton, NY to its growing portfolio.
Since acquiring the hotel in 2008, hotelier Jenny Baker and her husband Jonathan Baker, writer, film producer, director and adventurer, have run the small luxury hotel and its restaurant. The two will remain involved in the creative direction of the property going forward, while allowing Life House to oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotels and restaurants.
Over 150 years old, the Greek Revival has served many owners, each in a unique and contemporary way. Built just before the Civil War by the Osborne family, the current structure has foundations dating back to the 17th century. For much of the 19th century, the building was used as a tannery and initially accommodated overnight guests while their stools were being repaired.
In the mid-1920s the house began to serve as a full-time inn and became known as the Maidstone Arms. Newspaper columns in the decades that followed advertised the seasonal residence of a rotating roster of socialites, and the Inn became a trendy destination as East Hampton grew into a world-famous summer colony.
As Creative Director, co-owner Jenny Baker oversaw her repositioning towards a concept of ‘cozy Scandinavian’ hospitality, a term she coined to describe the hotels welcoming blend of American ease and sophisticated Scandinavian sensibility. that embodies quirk, personality and professionalism. The hotel offers a mix of eco-friendly spaces, modern design combined with old world charm, curated artwork, and local food and drink offerings. The result is a unique escape to the Hamptons where dogs and kids are as welcome as lovers and exes.
The property will continue to offer Jonathan Baker aromatherapy products in the room and for sale on site. The co-owner’s lifestyle brand has an existing customer base that reads like a Hollywood ‘Who’s Who’ – from Christina Aguilera to Will Smith.
Life House will operate the hotel until summer 2021, after which the group’s award-winning in-house design team will collaborate with the property on a new restaurant and bar concept.
Aimbridge will manage the properties of St. Thomas
Aimbridge Hospitality has been selected by Fortress Investment Group to manage Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort & Spa and Noni Beach, Autograph Collection located in St. Thomas and which is expected to reopen in fall 2022 after a $ 250 million rebuild.
Fortress Investment Group, a New York-based company founded in 1998, recently purchased the property and will lead the rebuilding and reopening efforts over the coming year. With 384 rooms, including 28 suites at Frenchman’s Reef and 94 rooms including two suites at Noni Beach, the property is known as the gateway to the British Virgin Islands.
Upon reopening, updated amenities at Frenchman’s Reef will include three oceanfront pools, 72,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 3,500 square feet of spa and 2,000 square feet of casino space in addition to retail stores. In total, six restaurants and lounges will provide guests with ample indoor or outdoor seating and a variety of food and beverage options, from Shots Caffeine & Goods to HighTide Restaurant and Pool Bar.
Noni Beach is connected to Frenchman’s Reef by a walking path and is located over a quarter mile from the pristine beachfront property. It will also have its own oceanfront pool, 3,000 square feet of event space, and four restaurant and lounge spaces, including Seablue by Michael Mina, a swim-up bar and beachfront club lounge.
McKibbon now operates the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa-Riverview-Brandon
McKibbon Hospitality now operates the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa-Riverview-Brandon. Owned by GS Development, this 119-room, select-service hotel is located off I-75 from Tampa and the Selmon Expressway.
The new management contract expands McKibbon’s presence in the Tampa Bay area where it currently operates 12 additional hotels in addition to housing its corporate headquarters.
The hotel provides guests with comfortable, contemporary accommodations and access to many of Tampa’s top attractions. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant with full bar, Garden Grille & Bar as well as 4,205 square feet of flexible meeting space in five rooms. meeting.
The hotel is the second Hilton Garden Inn McKibbon has assumed management in the past six weeks, adding 119 new rooms to the company’s overall management portfolio and bringing the total number of rooms under management to 9,902 at 85 hotels across the states -United.