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B Hotels & Resorts® Is On the Move With Announcement of Third B Hotel and First b2 HotelShare
South Florida-based B Hotels & Resorts® is on the move with two additions to their portfolio and a new 'value-full-service' category, b2 hotels, within 18 months of their first hotel opening. Today in conjunction with the 34th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, B Hotels & Resorts® announced its first b2 hotel and the third location for the parent B brand.
"The growth B Hotels & Resorts® has experienced over the past year is very exciting," said CEO and PresidentAyelet Weinstein. "We are developing the brand to offer distinctive benefits to the consumers, associates, hotel management companies, hotel owners, and the communities we do business in. The combination of the lifestyle self-expression experience, the unique open-source operation models, and the fresh owner-friendly terms, delivers tangible value."
B Resort in the Walt Disney World® Resort
B Hotels & Resorts® announced it will open its next hotel in the Downtown Disney® Resort area in the fall of 2013. The B inLake Buena Vista, Florida, is going to offer a family-friendly lifestyle experience within one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the Walt Disney World® Resort. The B resort, currently the 394-roomRoyal Plaza, is ideally situated within walking distance to Downtown Disney®, and easy access to all Walt Disney World® andOrlandotheme parks, as well as numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife venues.
The property was acquired by InSite Group and Cube Capital inDecember 2011and will remain operational during a complete renovation and repositioning. It will be officially launched as part of the B Hotels & Resorts® family in the fourth quarter of 2013, joining the AAA Four Diamond Rated B Ocean Fort Lauderdale which openedMarch 2011, and the B South Beach which is planned to open first quarter of 2013.
"The B in the Walt Disney World® Resort is going to be a unique venue for visitors who are looking for an upscale lifestyle experience, tranquility and relaxation after and between fun-filled days at the adventure parks," said Weinstein. "It is being designed to allow interaction of families, couples, groups and individuals in an inspiring and stylish environment, with great amenities including international culinary concepts and a full service spa, while implementing the B brand approachable service culture."
The First to b2
The company's first b2 hotel will debut in downtownMiamiat the site of the former Continental Bayside Hotel located at 146 Biscayne Boulevard. The 243-room property, which will undergo an extensive renovation and open as b2 miami downtown, is steps from the Port ofMiami, the shops and restaurants of Bayside Marketplace, world-class cultural and arts venues, and the American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA's, Miami HEAT). b2 miami downtown is in a prime location to benefit from leisure travel including its proximity to the largest passenger cruise port in the world. Surrounded by 16 million square feet of office space and city, state and federal court houses, it will also attract corporate travel and local business opportunities. The property was acquired by InSite Group and affiliates of The Carlyle Group inSeptember 2011. The hotel is expected to open as b2 hotel in the first quarter of 2013.
Introduced in May, the b2 hotel brand will revolutionize the traditional hotel model with a new 'value-full-service' class, offering sophisticated travelers access to the full-service lifestyle amenities found at B Hotels, but at an even more affordable price point.
The B resort in the Walt Disney World® Resort and b2 miami downtown will feature the various B Hotels & Resorts® Signature Elements including:
- B Social™ – As a brand focused on social interactions, standard design elements incorporate communal seating, tables and inviting gathering spaces.
- B in Touch™ – FreeB™ Wi-Fi, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout all public spaces and guestrooms, as well as courtesy iPads and the touchscreen Monscierge®, a digital concierge and destination guide.
- B Ambiance™ –Specially-selected sound, lighting and scent enhance the public space environment.
- B Nourished™ – Food and beverage offerings include distinct culinary concepts, banquet and catering services and 24- hour in-room dining.
- B Indulged® –A full-service spa facility or intimate spa suite, with tailored massage offerings performed in an inviting, tranquil environment.
- B Active® –Guests stay fit and re-energize while traveling with access to a state-of-the-art fitness center.
- B Adventurous™ – Excursions and event offerings developed to explore and discover all that each destination has to offer.
- B Sensitive™ – Green initiatives and sustainable alternatives are implemented during the renovation process and long-term operations.
"We've continued to garner genuine interest amongst travelers and industry experts as the portfolio of B Hotels & Resorts® expands and as we enter new markets," saidChristopher Tompkins, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Programs. "We are thrilled to announce our third B hotel, which will debut inOrlandoin the fall of 2013, andMiamias the destination for the first b2 hotel, a few weeks after unveiling the new value-full-service category. Like our properties inFort Lauderdaleand South Beach, these hotels will cater to a variety of business and leisure travelers, offering warm, approachable service and amenities."
Revolutionizing traditional hotel branding since the opening of its first property inMarch 2011, B Hotels & Resorts® is an innovative alternative for the conversion of existing flagged and independent hotels. The company is led by Weinstein, Tompkins and a diverse Advisory Council of hospitality industry experts. B Hotels & Resorts® features the B brand with full-service property designations, and the new b2, a value-full-service model.