Expansions & Renovations

B On Canal to Unveil Q1 2018 Following Extensive Renovation of Historic Property in New Orleans, Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LA. August 24, 2017 - B Hotels & Resorts, a national lifestyle hotel brand, has revealed a new historic property on 1300 Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The latest brand concept, B On Canal has begun its grand conversion with the addition of expanded meeting room space and a full-service restaurant and bar that is sure to tempt the palette of both guests and locals. The hotel is situated in the bustling central business and theater district near Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Tulane Medical Center, the Bio District, and within walking distance to the French Quarter.

“We’re excited to establish brand presence with this beautiful hotel in a great location,” said Ayelet Weinstein, CEO - B Hotels & Resorts. “This is not just a hotel with stylish guestrooms, we’ve created a unique experience from the second you check-in until the moment you leave by incorporating a vibrant food and beverage scene, embracing new technology and personalizing the service for each guest.”

B On Canal was originally built in the 1920s when the area only consisted of low- and mid-rise structures, and today is surrounded by a number of significant historicist buildings. While the architecture reflects a significant period, the interior is being redesigned to evoke the charm and culture of the city, with a French colonial twist. The elements of style are best displayed in the furniture’s detail and fixtures and the accessories adorned in rich hues of purple and gray; baroque patterns; suede and velvet textures; as well as black and white art pieces taken from history.

The extensive revitalization will include all 157 guestrooms and suites, a reconfigured lobby as well as over 1,600 sq. ft. of banquet and meeting space with city views. The full-service food and beverage offerings will include event catering, room service and the addition of a signature restaurant and bar with 95 seats including a private dining room. The destination will invite both locals and guests who desire an authentic experience serving locally-sourced cuisine, creative cocktails and entertainment in “a culture so rich you’ll need a spoon.”

In a city that has long been the epi-center of art, music and exploration, B On Canal will serve as a the fuel to the fire and offer a destination within a destination of vivid culture.

The B Signature Elements foster wellbeing and environmental awareness initiatives including B Sensitive, B Indulged Spa Suite, B Active Fitness Center, FreeB Wi-Fi and a B Adventurous Program to explore the city.

B On Canal is on target to open Q1 2018 For additional information, please visit www.BOnCanal.com l 504.299.9900

About B Hotels & Resorts

B Hotels & Resorts® defines and establishes the next generation of lifestyle hotels, inviting guests to revel in Self-Expression Hospitality™, have a unique experience, and express their individuality with no inhibitions. The D(destination)-N(n'vogue)-A(approachability) of each hotel defines a unique identity that welcomes today's business and leisure travelers. Headquartered in South Florida, B Hotels & Resorts® targets savvy, sophisticated and experience-driven guests. B on Canal will join the current lifestyle brand portfolio which includes B Resort & Spa in Disney Springs – Orlando, FL; B Historic in Savannah, GA; and the recently launched B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For additional information on B Hotels & Resorts® visit www.bhotelsandresorts.com or contact 954.389.1919.

Kristina Lynch

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review

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Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.