Under new management

Management companies are adding to their portfolios, including Hotel Equities now overseeing a portfolio in South Carolina.

Hotel Equities to manage seven-hotel portfolio in SC
Hotel ownership, management and development firm Hotel Equities has been selected as the new management company for seven full- and select-service hotels owned by Sejwad Hospitality, a family-owned hotel development company based in Columbia, SC.

“We are thrilled to partner with the owners of Sejwad Hospitality to manage these best-in-class hotels,” said Joe Reardon, CDO, Hotel Equities. “Further expanding our portfolio in the full-service sector is a real focus, and this family has an incredible pedigree of developing first-class hotel assets.”

Hotel Equities operates 41 full-service and lifestyle hotels in its portfolio of more than 250 total hotels.

The properties, which expand Hotel Equities’ reach in the South Carolina market, include five existing hotels and two properties currently under construction:

  • Delta Columbia Northeast—A 180-room full-service hotel with in-house dining at Whiskey Kitchen restaurant. Amenities include on-site convenience store, meeting space, outdoor pool and dry cleaning service
  • Sheraton Columbia Downtown—A 134-room hotel located in downtown Columbia featuring a rooftop lounge and bar and Vault Martini Bar
  • Moxy – Columbia—A 129-room hotel currently under construction
  • SpringHill Suites – Columbia—A 104-room hotel currently under construction
  • Holiday Inn Express – Garners Ferry—A 100-room hotel located near Columbia’s major business and culture districts, offering free hot breakfast, indoor pool and fitness center
  • Holiday Inn Express – Two Notch—Located near Fort Jackson Training Center and Interstate 77 and 20, amenities in this 83-room hotel include free hot breakfast, outdoor pool and fitness center
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Downtown—A newly renovated 83-room hotel in downtown Columbia offering free hot breakfast, on-site convenience store and dry-cleaning service

“We are excited about our partnership with Hotel Equities which allows us to leverage best practices to achieve greater outcomes together,” said Rick Patel, principal, Sejwad Hospitality. “Our shared values and commitment to enhancing operational efficiencies through hands-on management will drive growth and opportunity for associates.”

For more on recent developments at Hotel Equities, check out the August issue of Hotel Business.

Island Hospitality Management assumes management of three WaterWalk properties
Island Hospitality Management, a third-party management company for select-service and upscale, extended-stay hotels in the U.S., has added three WaterWalk properties with two different ownership groups to its portfolio. The properties are located in Centennial, CO; San Antonio; and Richardson, TX.

“WaterWalk, a unique lodging option that combines the conveniences of a hotel with apartment-style living, perfectly complements our extended-stay expertise,” said Gregg Forde, president/COO, Island Hospitality Management. “The brand provides fully furnished corporate apartments with upscale amenities for a few nights or several months, as well as unfurnished apartments with flexible lease terms, perfect accommodations intended to meet individualized, short- to long-term lodging needs. With the addition of these properties in the Southwest, we currently operate the entire portfolio of WaterWalks throughout the U.S. We look forward to continuing partnering and growing with the brand and its franchisees as they maintain their own, steady expansion paces.”

The WaterWalk San Antonio at the Rim provides guests with multiple room sizes and layouts. Amenities include a 24/7 fitness center, outdoor pool, outdoor grilling/BBQ area, high-speed internet access, grocery/breakfast delivery service and weekly housekeeping. The pet-friendly accommodations also maintain a pet walking area. The staffed front desk oversees secure access to the building, as well as 24-hour check-in services.

The WaterWalk Denver Tech Center offers extended-stay suites, as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom fully furnished apartment layouts with free breakfast and weekly housekeeping. Other amenities include free parking, a fitness center, outdoor grilling/BBQ area, activity programs, grocery delivery service and high-speed internet connectivity. Pets are welcomed at the fully staffed property, which includes 24-hour check-in and concierge services.

WaterWalk Dallas-Richardson units feature DIRECTV with premium channels, in-suite washer/dryer, 24/7 concierge service, a personalized breakfast experience, granite counters and balconies. The property also provides an outdoor seasonal swimming pool, complimentary WiFi, coffee & tea bar, fitness center, outdoor cooking space and a business center. The WaterWalk also offers 24-hour concierge, dry cleaning and grocery delivery services.

HP Hotels adds The Kelly Birmingham, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
HP Hotels, a full-service third-party hotel management company, has been chosen by Rhaglan Hospitality to manage The Kelly Birmingham, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

The property, formerly known as the Protective Life Building, has been restored and refurbished. The 14-story, 96-room historic property redefines Southern hospitality in the vibrant, resurgent Birmingham market, according to the company.

“We’re excited to manage this incredible asset for Rhaglan Hospitality, which exemplifies a wonderful fusion of historic preservation and community investment with style and sophistication,” said Kerry Ranson, CEO, HP Hotels. “As with the other two properties we manage for Rhaglan, The Kelly enhances our growing portfolio of independent boutique properties.”

“Kerry and the HP Hotels team are great communicators and a great fit for us,” said Jim Lewis of the Birmingham-based Rhaglan Hospitality real estate development firm, who, along with his wife, Kelly Rushin Lewis, share ownership in the properties. “They understand our property development goals and love of community. HP Hotels understands how to activate and market unique properties like The Kelly and are always hands-on with great attention to detail and guest satisfaction.”