City of Austin to convert Candlewood Suites hotel to homeless housing despite lawsuit to stop it

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin has a thorough plan to house the homeless — but some feel it’s coming without community input.

Days after voters approved the camping ban be reinstated, the city’s Housing and Planning Committee released documents discussing its housing blueprint, getting spaces to house up to 3,000 people by 2024.

In this blueprint, Candlewood Suites is still listed as part of the process, where there will reportedly be 80 converted rooms available for housing as early as August.

But the the city is still facing a lawsuit, lead by a local small business,

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Hyatt Hotels post bigger loss as pandemic keeps people at home

Hotel operator Hyatt Hotels Corp reported a bigger loss for the first quarter on Tuesday as people stayed at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But the company said business demand gained momentum in the period, albeit at a more modest pace than leisure demand.

After the pandemic pushed the hospitality industry to one of its worst downturns in 2020, hotel operators are expected to bounce back this year on the back of rising inoculation

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New Hampton Inn in Bellingham to open near airport May 7

With Whatcom’s tourism industry hoping for a more robust season, visitors will have another option for accommodations in north Bellingham.

The Hampton Inn by Hilton Bellingham Airport is planning to open on Friday, May 7. The 98-room property at 1055 W. Bakerview Road, near the Bakerview Starbucks cafe, will feature a large indoor saline pool and hot tub, fitness center, business centers, a 600-square-foot meeting room, an airport shuttle and a large buffet breakfast.

“We’re so excited to present this beautiful property to guests and the public,” said General Manager Craig Schultz in a news release. “The features and

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Bay Area hotel outlook brightens, recovery is years away

SAN JOSE — The battered hotel sector in the Bay Area remains years away from a full post-coronavirus recovery — but a significant rebound is expected to begin during 2021, lodging experts said Tuesday.

Hotels in Santa Clara County are expected to recover before their counterparts in the East Bay, while hotels in the San Francisco-San Mateo region face the longest recovery period of the three major lodging regions in the Bay Area, according to a report released by hotel analysts with CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

Ongoing rollouts of vaccines to combat the coronavirus, along with federal stimulus

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U.S. Travelers Say ‘Aloha’ Again, Bringing Relief to Hawaiian Hotels

HONOLULU—Hawaii’s hospitality industry is slowly returning to life, belatedly joining the mainland’s rebound as the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and fewer travel restrictions are helping to fill the state’s restaurants and hotel beds.

Waikiki Beach is crowded with surfers. Farther north, families with toddlers are playing on the shoreline at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Long lines form outside nearby restaurants and shaved-ice stores.

Occupancy rates in Hawaii’s hotels reached 49% for the week ended April 24, according to hotel data tracker STR.

That is still below the 57% occupancy level nationwide, STR said. Hawaii has experienced a slower

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In New Orleans, an Art Break Hotel

This article is part of our latest Design special report, which is about expanding the possibilities of your home.

Don’t call Travelers New Orleans a bed-and-breakfast.

For one thing, there’s no breakfast (for now, anyway). For another, the phrase “conjures images of lace curtains and doilies,” said Ann Williams, who, with her mate, Chuck Rutledge, and a few other partners opened the nine-room, frippery-free inn in the Lower Garden District in April.

Ms. Williams said she preferred to call Travelers New Orleans “an artist-run hospitality venture.” The lodging is overseen by resident artists, who live on the building’s third

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