Hotel News We Noted: April 26, 2013

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Hotel News We Noted,” where we discuss the best trends, openings and news of note in the industry. We love to hear from you, so please leave comments below or alert us to tips via email.

Kimpton Gets Quirky With Wellness Marketing
Hotels across the country have jumped on the wellness marketing trend, but Kimpton does it better than most, offering fitness rooms and gratis workout equipment for guests. We love the new video (shown above) featuring a day with Mat. It’s not necessarily groundbreaking, but it is clever and creative!

Reno News: Westin Hilton Head Is Ready For Summer
A $30 million renovation at the Westin in South Carolina’s Hilton Head has put the property in tip top shape, just in time for summer guests. Highlights include a new lobby, six enhanced restaurants, three pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a spa just named the #1 in South Carolina (and one of the 100 best in the U.S.).Hotel Opening: Generator Hostels
We normally restrict this column to hotels, but today we make an exception for Europe’s fastest-growing hostel brand, Generator. Chic and playful, these fun and budget-friendly lodgings are design-led and perfect for the younger or more adventurous traveler. The brand has just launched their new Barcelona property, and a Berlin Mitte property will open May 14. What do you think? With rates starting at just €12.75, we’d be excited to check one of these out next time we cross the pond.

Sweet Suites: The Cliffs Suites at Oil Nut Bay
As part of a luxury residential partnership with fashion house FENDI, the ultra-luxe Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda (BVI) has just announced the opening of their latest rooms, The Cliff Suites. Set into the beautiful and rocky southeast cliffs of the 300-acre private peninsula, the new offerings are composed of two, 890-square-foot deluxe rental suites and a 1,334-square-foot penthouse featuring huge glass windows, open air showers and private plunge pools. Our favorite? The penthouse, of course, which features FENDI Casa decor and furnishings, a wrap-around outdoor terrace and full-size infinity swimming pool. What do guests get for the starting from $1500-a-night rate? In addition to full use of the property’s facilities, they’ll enjoy a dedicated electric golf cart and personal concierge.