MONTREAL, QC, CANADA – June 20, 2018 – dormakaba, the provider of Saflok™ and Ilco™ electronic door locks, brings a total hospitality access solution suite to HITEC booth 2401 in Houston, TX. dormakaba solutions include the new Saffire LX and Quantum Pixel electronic locks, Ambiance access management software, Messenger LENS wireless network with Data Analytics capabilities. Visit dormakaba at HITEC Houston, June 18 – 21, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. 

“dormakaba continues to expand its hospitality product offering,” said Stephen Pollack, dormakaba vice president. “Today dormakaba is a global access solution provider to the hospitality industry. A growing number of hotel companies rely on dormakaba to meet their access and network needs from our suite of solutions. We invite HITEC attendees to experience our portfolio at the show.”

dormakaba will demonstrate a comprehensive suite of solutions at HITEC that include the introduction of its new Saffire LX electronic door lock. Saffire LX is a sleek, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled RFID lock for guest rooms, common areas and back of house use. dormakaba will also demonstrate its secure, easy-to-use Ambiance Access Management Software and mobile tablet key encoding system. Attendees can also try out dormakaba’s new Quantum Pixel mobile-enabled electronic door lock that offers a minimalistic appearance to complement any décor. dormakaba also provides its Saflok Messenger LENS wireless online communication system which gathers guest and lock use information for data analysis as part of a property’s AI strategy.

“dormakaba is focused on enhancing the guest experience,” Pollack said. “dormakaba’s Messenger LENS collects data from its Saflok electronic door locks ensuring predictive door lock maintenance that supports a positive guest experience.  With intelligence built into the Saffire LX and Quantum Pixel lock systems, operators learn about their hotel, the guest experience, and the lock’s performance.”   


Montréal (Québec), June 19 2018 –  Quebec hotelier Group Germain Hotels is pleased to announce renovations to its Le Germain Hotel located in downtown Montreal. This $20 million investment will allow the Group to offer visitors a hotel experience that is perfectly in line with guests’ needs, while embodying the latest trends in terms of design and amenities.

“This major transformation will allow Le Germain Hotel Montreal to enhance the experience of our guests, in addition to allowing us to remain competitive in the face of the tremendous growth we are currently witnessing in the hotel industry in Montreal," said Christiane Germain, co-founder and co-president of Group Germain Hotels. “We are pleased to be investing in this property, which was, at the time of its opening in 1999, the first boutique hotel in Montreal.”

The project will include work to both the exterior of the building and the interior of the hotel. Envisioned by Montreal architecture firm LEMAYMICHAUD Design Architecture, the new version of Le Germain Hotel Montreal will feature a façade complete with a splendid outside marquee while the lobby, restaurant and bar will also be completely refurbished. As the building was constructed in 1967, the revitalization of the rooms will be inspired by the seventies as a tribute to this iconic period. New meeting rooms will be introduced and the fitness room will move to a higher floor in order to give guests a superb view of the city during their workout sessions.

Tourisme Montréal’s president and CEO applauded Group Germain Hotels, a leader in Quebec’s hospitality industry, for their commitment to offering tourists an unforgettable experience. “This major renovation project is excellent news. Not only does it improve downtown Montréal’s tourist product, it also enhances the quality of the hospitality extended to visitors,” said Yves Lalumière.

“Le Germain Hotels no longer need presentation, they are a Quebec and Canadian pride,” adds Mario Bédard, Vice President of Real Estate Investments at Industrial Alliance. “It is an honor to count them among our neighbors and this rejuvenation will certainly contribute to the prestige of Mansfield Street on which we are also located. The presence of Le Germain Hotel brings an important value to the district and we support them in this exciting project. ”

As a result of the major work to be carried out on the interior and exterior of the building, the hotel on Mansfield Street will close in October 2018 and reopen in May 2019, just in time to welcome visitors for the summer season.


June 19, 2018

Saint Ten Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia

54 rooms from USD 235 per night

An air of historic importance sets in the moment you step into this historic Belgrade building, built in 1929 by famous architect Stojan Vejkovic and where the Minister of Justice of Serbia once called home, and which has served as the setting for significant political meetings in the city’s history. Today, this protected cultural heritage monument continues to tell the story of the spirit and charm of old Belgrade’s past times as a modern luxury boutique hotel. The hotel is awash with understated elegance - refined interiors, hand-selected furnishing and premium amenities are complemented by attentive service. Young guests are not forgotten – the hotel organises children’s cooking classes during Saturday brunch and a special family package includes a 2-hour boat ride. Saint Ten Hotel’s strategic location in the very heart of the Vračar quarter also means that the sights and sounds of Belgrade are all within close proximity.

SLH Insider Tip: Junior and Family Suites offer guests a balcony with views of Saint Sava, the largest Orthodox temple in the Balkans.

Babuino 181, Rome, Italy

 24 rooms from USD 283 per night

Set in a 19th-century building renovated by the architecture firm Studio Magnaghi, Babuino 181’s spacious suites feel like classy urban apartments, complete with Frette linens and bathrobes, Sony Dream Machine iPod speaker dock and Nespresso machine. The intimate vibe is emulated in Babuino 181’s Italian contemporary style with muted greys and beiges. The hotel is at the epicentre of Rome’s shopping mecca with designer boutiques,antiques shops, art galleries as well as local cafés and gelateria for neighbours. A short stroll leads to many of Rome’s must-see sights including the Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, Via Margutta, Villa Borghese and the Spanish Steps. There’ll be plenty of boutiques and local eats, to tempt you along the way.

SLH Insider Tip: Ask for a copy of owner Alberto Moncada’s ‘Roman Notebook’ of recommended places to eat, drink, shop and visit in the area, which is given free to guests. For those wanting an extra touch of luxury the Babuino Suite and Patrizi Suite feature large private terraces, perfect for breakfast or intimate evening cocktails.

D-Resort Göcek, Göcek, Turkey

103 rooms from USD 319 per night

Set against a stunning mountain backdrop in a picturesque former fishing village that is now a yachting haven, D-Resort Göcek is a contemporary retreat perfectly positioned between the D-Marin marina and the centre of the trendy yet low-key town of Göcek. Göcek is a favourite stop with sailors and the set-off point for traditional gulet cruises – and guests at the hotel can arrive on their own yacht or charter the hotel’s luxury yacht for the day. The prestigious resort provides a wealth of activities, complimented by a private beach for those who simply want to relax. The fascinating archaeological sites that dot this region of Turkey also beckon to be explored.

SLH Insider Tip:  Embark on a gulet cruise around the breathtaking 12 islands of Göcek.

HGU New York, New York, USA

90 rooms from USD 260 per night

HGU New York’s wellness offerings go beyond the usual yoga mats and detox menus - the wellness-focused hotel provides a comprehensive pillow menu & concierge, liquid lunches, complimentary Flow alkaline spring water, in-room meditation sessions, REVIV IV treatments, Vitality NYC cryotherapy, and complimentary access to Solace Gym. Beyond that, its desirable location in Manhattan's NoMad neighbourhood makes it a convenient start point for exploring the city, with the Empire State Building just four minutes walking distance away. The aesthetics of the hotel's eclectic mix of mid-century modern design with reference to the original Beaux-Art architecture from 1905 create a backdrop for CEO Michael Namer's personal collection of works of art throughout the hotel. Being on the Manhattan side street near Grand Central Terminal makes the HGU New York ideal for travelers with an early flight to catch.

SLH Insider Tip: Feeling under the weather? Ask for an in-room infusion therapy session from REVIV that target a variety of wellness needs by replenishing hydration and restoring nutrient levels or make an appointment for an in-room 3D scanning to order a Guardlab custom-mouthguard that helps you sleep better.

Hotel Three Sixty, Ojochal De Osa, Costa Rica

12 rooms from USD 295 per night

Set 300 meters above the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking 360-degree panoramas greet you no matter where you are at this mountaintop oasis amid lush jungle overlooking the endless blue Pacific Ocean of southern Costa Rica. Built on a 58-acre private rainforest reserve above the picturesque cosmopolitan town of Ojochal, the elegant adults-only resort features 12 private villas with modern Indonesian tropical architecture, luxury spa pampering, and a dramatic 200-square-metre infinity pool. Premium Villas have a breathtaking 200-degree ocean view while the Deluxe Villas have a soothing 200-degree view over the lush jungle. Being part of a long biological corridor consisting of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, chances of spotting wildlife from toucans, sloths, monkeys to humpback whales are aplenty here.

SLH Insider Tip: The resort’s insta-worthy curved infinity pool overlooking the rainforest and the Pacific is best positioned to take in sunsets over the ocean and coastline. Top off the surreal moment with a ‘360 Vodka’, the resort’s eco-friendly house spirit concocted by specialty distillery McCormick Distilling Company.

Puertas del Bosque, Tlalpan, Mexico

18 rooms from USD 160 per night

At Puertas del Bosque, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve left Mexico City behind for a country retreat. The former 19th century hacienda is just mere meters away from Tlalpan Forest National Park, one of the city’s largest green spaces. This southern part of Mexico City characterizes itself for being an area filled with culture and tradition, perfect for exploring the rich Mexican heritage. With ornate iron work, white-framed windows and peach walls, Puertas del Bosque’s exterior preserves the character of the original hacienda while its spacious suites which comes with its own kitchen feature original artwork by Mexican artists, creating a perfect union between contemporary design and tradition. After a day’s adventure, cook a meal in your kitchen with fresh produce, or head out to savor native flavors at a local restaurant.

SLH Insider Tip: Morning hikes in the nearby iconic forest are heavenly, or culture buffs can explore the plethora of museums nearby including the MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Dolores Olmedo, Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo and Jardines de Pedregal.

And in other news...

Nira Caledonia, Edinburgh, Scotland

Nira Caledonia reopened on 24th May after completing a major 9-month £1m refurbishment. Painstaking work was carried out to carefully restore the original period cornicing and plasterwork and revamp the bedrooms – effectively creating a complete new hotel. Located over two townhouses on Gloucester Place, the 28-room property was home to the renowned 19th century bon viveur and hedonist, John Wilson, who wrote under the pseudonym Christopher North.

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, Le Barthélemy, Caribbean
Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa reopens on 28 October 2018
with new two- and three-bedroom beachfront suites, enhanced spa and reimagined, innovative dining experiences all perfectly set on the white-sand beach of Grand Cul de Sac. Renowned for its laid-back luxury, sublime location and attention to detail, the hotel embraces its chic Parisian pedigree with interiors by celebrated designer Sybille de Margerie and cuisine by Michelin-starred French chef Guy Martin, while reveling in its relaxed setting.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Lake Placid, USA

Guests at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa can look forward to outdoor experiences in the Adirondacks as well as skiing outings with double Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht, son of the resort owners. The skiing Olympian will now be more involved at the resort, creating unique programs for resort guests.


DENVER (June 2018) — RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today that funds and accounts managed by Coliseum Capital Management (Coliseum) and accounts advised by Vindico Capital have acquired 3.8 million shares of company stock previously owned by HNA Investment Management LLC.  Following the transactions, Coliseum beneficially owns 13.4 percent of RLH and accounts advised by Vindico Capital beneficially own 2.0 percent of RLH. 

Coliseum is a private investment company founded in 2005 that invests with a long-term orientation in undervalued companies. Coliseum focuses its capital and effort behind strong management teams and boards, with a willingness to work alongside companies to facilitate further value creation. 

“We look forward to working with Coliseum," said RLH Corporation President & CEO Greg Mount.  "We believe we can benefit from their industry experience as we continue to execute the transition of RLH Corporation to a higher margin franchise hotel business with an asset light business model and as we continue to evolve our growth strategies."

“We believe RLH Corporation offers a strong value proposition to its customers and franchisees, and we are excited to be invested behind Greg and his team,” said Coliseum Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Chris Shackelton. “We firmly support the current operational and strategic game plan, and see tremendous opportunity to create shareholder value over the coming years.  As long-term collaborative partners, we look forward to helping management and the board through an exciting transformation.”

To learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visit We don’t wait for the future. We create it.


DENVER (June 18, 2018) — RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) announced today the promotion of Paul Sacco to Executive Vice President, President of Global Development. Since joining RLH Corporation, Sacco has had tremendous success developing and growing the Company’s upscale brands. In his new role, Sacco will oversee all franchise growth efforts for RLH Corporation brands worldwide, with a focus on organic growth.

Sacco joined RLH Corporation in September, 2017. In his role, he oversaw development of the Company’s upscale brands including 10 new franchise license agreements with hotels owned by affiliates of Inner Circle Investments; the Company’s first refreshed Signature hotel in San Francisco; and The Island by Hotel RL, the first resort destination for the brand, among many other key hotel signings.

Prior to joining RLH Corporation, Sacco was President & Chief Development Officer at TPG Hotels & Resorts, and held senior development roles at Pyramid Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. 

“In his early days at RLH Corporation, Paul has had incredible success growing our upscale brands and helping meet our company goals,” said RLH Corporation President & CEO Greg Mount. “We are excited to have such a tenured and experienced development executive take the lead as we continue to execute the transition to a higher margin franchise hotel business with an asset light business model."

“I joined RLH knowing that the team had created a great platform for growth,” added Sacco. “During my tenure I have seen firsthand the excitement owners feel when they learn how uniquely we approach the hotel business. There is tremendous growth potential at RLH Corporation, and I am excited to be working with the full executive team to further develop our footprint.”

To learn more about franchising with RLH Corporation, visit We don’t wait for the future. We create it.


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