HOTELS

Michigan ready for Hotel Indigo

After more than a year of construction delays, Traverse City, Michigan’s first new hotel in a decade – the 107-room Hotel Indigo – is scheduled for an opening in the spring of 2016.

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The new hotel fronts the Grandview Parkway, with sweeping views of West Grand Traverse Bay, with 100 standard rooms and seven suites decorated in a style that pays homage to the city’s lumbering past.

The hotel stands among revamped lumberyards, sawmills and canneries in Traverse City’s regenerated waterfront Warehouse District neighbourhood.

With guest rooms featuring wood details, the property will also have an open-air rooftop bar serving small plates and drinks, as well as a farm-to-fork restaurant called Warehouse KiTChen + Cork.

Attractions in the northern Michigan city include the Great Lakes Children’s Museum; Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, which shares its history, culture and language of the Grand Traverse Band with the people of all Nations with visitors; several wineries and the fascinating Village at Grand Traverse Commons, located in Traverse City's former mental asylum. This collection of shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants are set in a cluster of creamy castles, surrounded by acres of wooded grounds.

Each July, the National Cherry Festival unfolds in front of the hotel: the city produces around 75% of the tart cherries grown in the U.S.

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Fairmont opens iconic Claremont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has added the iconic Claremont Club and Spa in San Francisco to its U.S. portfolio.

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Built in 1915, the property has undergone an extensive restoration project prior to its reopening under the Fairmont management and now offers 276 restored guestrooms and suites, an impressive club and spa, and strong dining portfolio.

It is located at the base of the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, overlooking scenic San Francisco Bay, and its castle-like architecture makes it an iconic choice.

Kevin Frid, President, Americas, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, said: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has long been a pioneer when it comes to operating many of the world’s most beautiful landmarks, full of rich history and cultural significance.

“For a century, Claremont Club & Spa has been welcoming guests as one of northern California’s most revered hotels, so it has been an honour for Fairmont to take on this heritage hotel’s restoration and reintroduction as a Fairmont property. Growth continues to be one of our top priorities, so we are extremely excited to be adding an asset as attractive as the Claremont to the Fairmont family.”

The guestrooms have been updated by global design firm Gensler and an elegant brasserie by Chef Dominique Crenn’s opens later this year; it will serve a locally-sourced seasonal menu alongside the hotel’s three other restaurants and lounges.

A spa and club facility includes a kids’ pool, tennis and fitness centre.

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