Des Moines, Iowa, fixture to undergo $37.7M hotel conversion

A 104-year-old downtown landmark office building will soon be the city’s newest hotel. The Midland building, located on 6th Avenue and Mulberry Street next to the Polk County Courthouse, will receive a $37.7 million transformation. Read the KCCI-TV story here

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Chick-fil-A to open its biggest eatery in N.Y.

Chick-fil-A will open a 12,000-square-foot, five-story restaurant in New York City's Financial District, with three dining rooms, a meeting space and a rooftop deck, the company said. The chain's third Manhattan location will be its largest to date. Read the amNewYork story here

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London NYC to become Conrad New York Midtown after makeover

New York's London NYC will reflag as the Conrad New York Midtown in 2019 after a renovation by Hilton. The 516-room property will be the city's second Conrad, joining all-suite Conrad New York near Battery Park. Read the Travel Weekly story here

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$24M theater-themed Memphis, Tenn., hotel proposed

Luke Chamblee’s company built the Graduate Hotel in Oxford, which was designed to reflect the unique culture of the town. Now LRC2 Properties has partnered with Loeb Properties to build a 100-room hotel to serve a burgeoning theater district in Memphis. Read the Mississippi Business Journal story here

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Honolulu hotels rebrand following renovations

Hawaii's Pacific Beach Hotel is planning a December relaunch as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach following a $115 million renovation. The former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki has reopened as Prince Waikiki after an eight-month, $55 million revamp. Read the Los Angeles Times story here

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Marriott Marquis Chicago brings 1,205 new rooms to city

The Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel has opened its doors, connected to the massive McCormick Place convention center. The hotel has 1,205 guest rooms. Read the Commercial Property Executive story here

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Developers seek city incentives for $129M Waco, Texas, project with hotel

The Brazos Promenade development now underway on the city-owned riverfront could be getting an even bigger neighbor next door. Read the Waco Tribune-Herald story here

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Holiday Inn awaits OK to replace old Redwood City, Calif., hotel

A small, aging hotel could make way for a much larger Holiday Inn with nearly five times as many rooms in downtown Redwood City if the city approves it later this year. A plan by Holiday Inn Express & Suites to demolish the existing Garden Motel at 1690 Broadway for a four-story full-service hotel is set to go before the Planning Commission in October for possible approval. Read the San Jose Mercury News story here

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Comfort Inn in Rochester, Minn., gets new look, new name

A northwest Rochester hotel is wrapping up a refresh of the property, while transitioning to a new brand. New paint, carpet and other improvements should be completed at the Comfort Inn, at 5708 Bandel Road NW, later this month. Read The Post-Bulletin story here

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London’s Ennismore plans San Francisco hotel, restaurant

London-based developer Ennismore has brought on Handel Architects for its plan to build an eight-story hotel at 424 Brannan St. Read The Business Journals story here

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