The luxury hotel sector should impose an essential add-on for all new developments, namely CULTURE. In Manhattan and in London’s West End, proximity to galleries, museums and theatres have helped establish the reputations of such properties as Marriott Marquis New York and One Aldwych London (see an exterior shot of this lovely hotel, above). Girlahead is thrilled that the already-announced forthcoming Hyatt Regency London Olympia, part of Olympus Property Holding’s redevelopment of the former Olympia exhibition halls, will include a 1,575-seat theatre, on five levels, run by the Ambassador Theatre Group, led by impresarios Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire.
Back to Marriott, and Girlahead salutes this citizens-aware company. It has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Virginia against unknown perpetrators (“John Does”) responsible for illegal and fraudulent “robocalls” in violation of state and federal laws. Marriott’s lawyers claim over 18 billion pre-recorded telephone calls in the USA in 2020 (already this year, the figure has reached a total of 7.2 billion, with a staggering seven million per month fraudulently claiming to be from Marriott). Marriott is working, in this clean-up quest, with the Industry Traceback Group ITG and YouMail, Inc. to identify perpetrators and track activity.
In Paris, Plaza Athenée and Alain Ducasse separate by mutual agreement – hotel big-boss François Delahaye, who is also COO of The Dorchester Collection, will announce in about three weeks’ time who will take over the coveted fine-dining space that Ducasse and his team have personalised since 2000. As of today, however, the hotel opens outdoor dining and Le Promenade (Le Relais remains in hibernation until 1st September).
Now is an ideal time, says Girlahead, to finish today’s news with a few Podcast words from the admirable François Delahaye: