50th avid debuts; more openings

IHG has opened its 50th avid property, while Marriott has added properties in Georgia and Washington, DC.

50th avid opens
avid hotels—part of IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG)—has opened its 50th property with avid hotel Ft. Lauderdale Airport—Cruise in Florida.

“We are excited to start 2022 hitting such an important milestone for the brand,” Karen Gilbride, VP, avid hotels and Atwell Suites. “Since opening our first avid hotel in 2018, it’s exciting to now have 50 avid hotels open—each one purpose-built from the ground up.”

This is the third avid hotels property in the Sunshine State. The 101-room hotel is owned by Dania Resorts LLC, and is close to Ft. Lauderdale—Hollywood International Airport, downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the beach and Port Everglades cruise terminal.

Rahil Sanghvi, owner, Dania Resorts LLC, said, “We are proud to open the 50th avid hotel, and are thrilled to be a part of the growing avid hotels family. We are excited for guests to experience avid hotels, whether they are here for a quick stay before a cruise or are staying longer to experience all Ft. Lauderdale offers.”

Hotel Forty Five debuts
Hotel Forty Five, a 94-room boutique hotel in Macon, GA, has opened its doors.

Situated on the iconic 45-degree angle formed by Cherry and First St., and Cotton Ave., across from the newly designed Rosa Parks Square, the hotel will be the first in Macon’s Historic Central Business District. The angled street was a city design ahead of its time that made transportation of cotton barges to and from the river possible. This emblematic wedge serves as the inspiration behind the hotel’s name. Hotel Forty Five is a part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio and is owned and operated by Mainsail Lodging & Development with IDP Properties developing the project.

Key architectural elements, furnishings and finishes have been preserved and incorporated in various spaces throughout the hotel. Preservation was spearheaded by Dunwody/Beeland Architects Inc. With collaborative efforts from BRPH Interior Design, Hotel Forty Five will provide guests with a complementing contrast of a modern twist on southern history, according to developers.

Courtyard by Marriott, Washington DC Dupont Circle premieres
Courtyard by Marriott, Washington DC Dupont Circle has debuted in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.

The new hotel has 143 guestrooms, available in king or double-queen configurations, along with large windows that provide an abundance of natural light and views of the neighborhood below. The hotel’s lobby includes flexible, modern spaces for both business and leisure travelers alike, with check-in pods and semi-private high-backed booths that feature built-in monitors conducive to meetings or relaxing. A fitness center is also available to guests 24/7.