The Spanish Hotel and Resort chain, RIU, is planning to open new hotels in Toronto in Boston. This comes just weeks after the grand opening of their new hotel in New York City. It’s interesting to see a big hotel chain like this betting hard on the resurgence of travel in North America.
RIU Hotels & Resorts is a Spanish hotel chain founded by the Riu family as a small travel company in 1953. Their first hotel was the Riu San Francisco, based in Mallorca. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 100 hotels in 20 countries. While the chain has grown significantly in the last century, it still remains in the hands of the Riu family. The hotel is currently the 30th largest hotel chain in the world bast on Hotels Magazine’s 2014 rankings but is one of the Caribbean’s most popular resorts. Their Caribbean properties are loaded with Americans and Canadians escaping the harsh winters of the north.
It’s exciting to see the company expand into North America more. You have to think that a massive company like this has done enough research to show that they aren’t nervous about another lockdown that could stop the travel industry in its tracks. Their new hotel in New York City opened less than a month ago, marking their second hotel in the city. This is also their fourth hotel in the United States.
The new hotel in Times Square has a whopping 650 rooms! The decor is based on New York’s iconic Broadway shows and has a classic vibe to it. New York’s recent removal of COVID restrictions should make packing this hotel our, a breeze. Luis Riu, CEO of Riu stated :
“When we opened the first hotel in New York, one of the dreams of my life came true. I cannot express in words the emotion that everyone in the house felt when we saw the name of RIU in the very heart of Manhattan. Today we have taken a very exciting new step, once again overcoming the great challenge of building a hotel from scratch in one of the most competitive cities in the world. I could not be more proud of the team behind this work and of the new opportunity to see our brand grow in the cultural and economic capital of the United States”.
Some of RIU’s destinations include:
- 6 resorts in Cancun
- 2 resorts in New York City
- 10 resorts across Spain
- 1 resort in Aruba
- 1 resort in Punta Cana
And many more spread across the world
The hotels are broken up into four classifications
“Riu Plaza” hotels are urban hotels, always located in the nerve centers of large cities. These hotels are not as focused on offering resort-like features, but instead, provide a comfortable home base to explore a city from.
“Riu Palace” resorts are their most expensive resorts. These hotels are extra luxurious and geared toward pampering your every need. Hotels in this class are generally in the best locations also. Definitely look nice, but not for budget travelers!
“Adults Only” hotels are intended for people who want to relax and enjoy a holiday as a couple or with friends without needing to hear kids around. I’m sure we’ve all been relaxing at a pool and heard the splashes of a young child in the distance that takes you right out of your zen. These AO hotels are the perfect remedy for that.
All of these resorts offer different pricing packages and levels of service, including all-inclusive options.
COVID restrictions are dropping across the world, including the US and Canada, so this makes a great time to be expanding your hotel business. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the public to the new hotel in New York, and to see the design ideas for hotels in Boston and Toronto. Will they also be based on some of the city’s sights? We’ll see!
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