Marriott Unveils New-Build in So-Cal; Embassy Suites Sets Up in Seattle; More…

NATIONAL REPORT—Marriott Hotels unveiled its first new-build, full-service hotel to open in Orange County, CA, in more than a decade; and there are openings in Seattle, Boston, Oklahoma City and more.

Marriott Irvine Spectrum

The brand’s growth and development continues in Southern California as the Marriott Irvine Spectrum opens its doors.

Offering 271 guestrooms, including 50 premier suites, the property is proximate to the Irvine Spectrum Center, a shopping and dining destination, and the evolving Orange County Great Park, spanning 1,300 acres.

Designed by Newport Beach, CA-based R.D. Olson Development, the hotel pays homage to the history of Irvine Ranch. The design aesthetics combine classic, rustic living with contemporary styling and tech-forward amenities.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square

Embassy Suites by Hilton has opened a new hotel located in Pioneer Square, Seattle’s first neighborhood. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square is located near local attractions such as Pike Place Market, Pier 55 and the Seattle Art Museum.

Owned by American Life and managed by Hilton, this upscale hotel is a 282 all-suite property consisting of two-room suites and studio suites with views of Seattle and Elliott Bay. The hotel comprises two glass towers, one housing the main lobby and hotel amenities as well as guestrooms and suites above. The other houses the 7,433-sq.-ft. King St. Ballroom, an outdoor event terrace, indoor pool and leased office space.

Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown/North Station

Courtyard Boston Downtown/North Station
Courtyard Boston Downtown/North Station

The Courtyard by Marriott Boston Downtown/North Station opened its doors this month in downtown Boston. Offering 220 guestrooms, the new hotel is operated by Turnberry Associates. It is owned in partnership with the developer Related Beal.

Designed by Boston’s Group One, the contemporary hotel combines clean, straight lines with soft lighting and a cool color palette to create a sleek understated aesthetic, according to the brand.

All 220 of the oversized guestrooms provide visitors with all of the comforts of home, including a work desk with an ergonomic chair, as well as a 49-in. HDTV, a Keurig coffeemaker, a mini refrigerator, safe and free WiFi. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, guest laundry services and the Market, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages, and sundries.

Hotel Indigo Durham

Located in the city center of Durham, NC, Hotel Indigo Durham is now open. Occupying the Grade II-listed Old Shire Hall, the building was once a university building itself and acted as its administrative headquarters; it was office to the university’s Vice Chancellor until 2012.

Taking its design cues from both the charming neighborhood and the building itself, all 83 bedrooms feature ornate details to reflect the rich ties to the city’s trinity of cathedral, castle and university. Accommodations include three distinct room types, from academia-inspired with pop’s of the university’s signature purple to grand bedrooms with tapestry detailing.

Hyatt Place Bricktown

NewcrestImage has expanded its portfolio to 28 owned and operated properties with the opening of a five-floor, 134-room Hyatt Place in the industrial-chic Bricktown historic district east of Oklahoma City’s downtown business center.

The Hyatt Place has a “cozy contemporary” style in guestrooms plus a lobby with customized, locally themed design and furnishings. Amenities include multiple food options, a 24-hour gym with cardio equipment, LCD touchscreens, and free earbuds; and 1,800 sq. ft. of flexible, high-tech meeting space.