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Southern Hotel Renovations and a New All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy Resort

Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun, an Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort


The Elser Hotel & Residences opened its doors in November 2022 in the heart of downtown Miami. The 646-room property with floor-to-ceiling windows showcases views of Biscayne Bay and will introduce guests to the area’s cultural offerings, including art, wellness, music, fashion and dining.

The 49-story tower features a rooftop pool deck, a two-story fitness center and a new restaurant concept, Jaguar Sun, a downtown bar named Bar of the Year by Eater Miami in 2018. The hotel’s 19,000-square-foot sun deck features a 132-foot-long pool, a 16-foot LED screen, an outdoor bar and an expansive event lawn, serving as the hotel’s ultimate destination for outdoor events with waterfront views. 

Mayfair House Hotel & Garden in Coconut Grove, Miami recently completed its two-year, $50 million renovation, bringing all new guest rooms, curated art from local and international artists and an oasis that fuses both the glamour and sophistication of the hotel’s past with the vibrant, free-spirited heart of the Coconut Grove neighborhood.

Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin Lobby Amenities. Credit: OBMI Interiors
Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin Lobby Amenities. Credit: OBMI Interiors

The renovation also brought two new food and beverage outlets, Mayfair Grill and Sipsip, and the hotel offers 8,500 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space suitable for galas, cocktail parties, conferences, meetings, exhibitions and more. 

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Opening its doors February 1, 2023, Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin stands 31-stories in the center of the state’s capital city. The anticipated opening will also bring restaurant Luminaire and bar Las Bis to Austin’s arts and culture district.

The 246-room hotel is next door to two of the city’s most historic buildings, the Paramount (1915) and State (1935) theaters, and its interiors evoke a modern, bohemian-chic gallery inspired by Austin’s unique style and the city’s energetic music and arts scenes. 

Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin will offer 2,560 square feet of flexible meeting and event space on the hotel’s third floor, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city below. An additional 1,400 square feet of space is also available on the hotel’s 31st floor, the hotel’s penthouse named the Artist Residence. The space is inspired by an artist’s loft and offers space for private functions and an outdoor deck showcasing panoramic city views. 

JW Marriott San Antonio Meeting Space. Credit: Marriott Hotels
JW Marriott San Antonio Meeting Space. Credit: Marriott Hotels

JW Marriott San Antonio recently revealed renovations to its meeting and event space, including new carpet, wall coverings, light fixtures, furniture and an LED panel with digital signs. The renovated design reflects the surrounding Hill Country, nature-filled landscape of rolling hills, rivers and blue skies. 

The hotel’s 40,080-square-foot Nelson W. Wolff Exhibit Hall has been completely refurbished with new carpet, wallpaper, paint and furniture, while JW Marriott San Antonio’s two ballrooms, the 40,500-square-foot Grand Oaks Ballroom and 21,120-square-foot Cibolo Canyon Ballroom, also received updates. 

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Making a Splash

All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy, together with Blue Diamond Resorts, announced the opening of Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun, an Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort. The newly built property in the famed Mexican Caribbean hotel strip is the 31st hotel to join the brand’s all-inclusive portfolio in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun brings 1,005 suites, nightly entertainment and an expansive waterpark featuring two lazy rivers, a splash pad and pool, and 14 water slides and tubes. The resort also boasts an outdoor theater for performances, hosting a variety of artists for lively entertainment, as well as an indoor theater. 

The resort’s elegantly designed, 25,000-square-foot convention center will offer up to eight meeting rooms featuring an array of amenities like flip charts and audiovisual technology, allowing for larger functions and events. Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun also offers a ballroom with a capacity of 1,500 guests.

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