Category: Hospitality

Anbang Throws in the Towel, But What Have We Learned?

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Last week was a futile bidding war between Marriott International and Anbang over Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Up until March, we all figured the Marriott-Starwood $12.2 billion merger was a sure thing. That is, until Anbang swooped in with a…

How Luxury Hotels Are Turning into Residences

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We’ve all had that thought while enjoying a particularly wonderful vacation: what if I could live this way year round? While it may seem like a pipe dream, some of the world’s most famous hotels are making that very wish…

IRR on Real Estate: A Spotlight on the Hospitality Sector

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It’s time for our monthly guest post from Integra Realty Resources and their blog, IRR on Real Estate! IRR on Real Estate: A Spotlight on the Hospitality Sector This month, all eyes are on the hospitality sector. As part of…

Reefer Madness Has Private Equity Investors Seeing Green

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Cannabis. Marijuana. Weed. Dope. Whatever you call it, Private Equity investors are looking to make a profit from it. It’s been a hot topic over more recent years and 23 states have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, whether for strictly…

How Eco-Tourism Benefits You

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We all heard a little bit about the recent COP21 climate talks that took place in Paris. Joe Romm, founder of the Climate Progress blog, called the climate change agreement a “literally world-changing deal,” but, really, to what extent does the public…

International Hospitality: Looking Forward to 2016

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Compared to asset types like multifamily, which heated up extremely quickly in the wake of the Recession, the lodging real estate sector has taken a little more time to regain its footing following the economic downturn of 2008-09. When the recession hit–with…

The Top Trends in Global Hospitality: A Drinking Game

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Who’s ready for the First Annual Llenrock Blog Hospitality Buzzword Drinking Game??? It’s simple: as we explore the trends shaping hotel investment, development, and operations in 2015, we’ll take a (real or imaginary) swig every time we stumble upon a…

The Choice Is Yours (Sort Of)

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2015 has been an exciting time for mergers and acquisitions. The year has unveiled some historically significant merger announcements, most notably the Walgreens/Rite Aid partnership (which has reverberated throughout the traditional retail space as landlords and operators anticipate shifts in their tenant roster)…

Hostels, 2.0

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Have you seen the movie Hostel? One of Hollywood’s most commercially successful snuff films (let’s call it like it is), this torture-tastic horror film basically takes longstanding mischaracterizations of the European hostel experience and uses them as a pretext to hang our…

Four Hotels Win Big in 2015 INDIE Hotel Awards

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The Llenrock Group-sponsored Independent Lodging Congress recently wrapped up the voting for its first annual INDIE Hotel Awards. All four award-winning properties are quite prominent, but contrary to some expectations, only two of the winners are based in indie hotel hub…