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New Four Seasons jet trips, Hilton’s lemon waffles and other hotel news you missed

Don’t ask me where May went, I truly don’t know. This month was a wild one for this hotel reporter. It started with my own wedding here in New York City, followed by a honeymoon in Paris, and the chance to catch the first night of the European leg of Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour.” I then immediately joined a wonderful retreat with TPG’s travel team in Washington, D.C.

As busy as my team and I were, we were still reporting the major hotel news of the month. A few of those stories include the news that the highly anticipated Regent Santa Monica is finally taking reservations, that Hard Rock International is rolling out a new loyalty program and that Airbnb is launching an entirely new “Category” of over-the-top stays.

In between the wedding bliss, long-haul flights, and lovely conversations with my team, I was collecting some smaller tidbits of news that I think all of you hotel lovers would like to know about. Here’s the hotel news you might have missed in May.

IHG is opening three new hotels in Turks and Caicos


Currently, IHG doesn’t have a presence in Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean country surrounded by turquoise waters. However, that’ll change in 2027 when the brand is set to open three of its most iconic brands — InterContinental, Kimpton and Hotel Indigo — on the iconic Grace Bay.

While we’ll have to wait for more specifics, we do know that the hotels are opening in partnership with Molo Hotel Group and U.K.-based management group Lighthouse Hotel Management; they will offer three distinct experiences for different types of travelers.

Four Seasons announces new private jet experiences


Sure, Four Seasons is known for having some of the best hotels and resorts in the world, but its most luxurious product is probably the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience. It combines stays at Four Seasons locations in awe-worthy destinations with transportation on one of the best planes in the sky.

Now, Four Seasons has unveiled six new itineraries for 2026. Globetrotters with deep pockets can fly to see attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the ancient city of Petra and Angkor Wat. Or, they can relax on the shores of Bora Bora, the Maldives or Miami.

Starting at $159,000 per person, a few of the 2026 itineraries include the 21-day International Intrigue — which stops in Paris; Kyoto, Japan; Hoi An, Vietnam (home to my favorite Four Seasons, Nam Hai); Marrakech, Morrocco; and the Maldives — as well as the 16-day Asia Unveiled, running from Tokyo to Bangkok. The 23-day Ancient Explorer whisks people from Miami to Madrid, stopping in Australia, Jordan, Mexico City, Easter Island, and even Sicily’s Four Seasons Taormina at San Domenico Palace (of “The White Lotus” fame).

Related: Another big Four Seasons clue just dropped for ‘The White Lotus’ season 3

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And the Four Seasons Toronto just got an impressive new look


Speaking of Four Seasons, the Canada-based company just unveiled that the Four Seasons Toronto has finished a head-to-toe, multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest rooms and suites. The new design celebrates all things Canada and “draws from Toronto’s unique juxtaposition of urban sophistication and natural beauty,” according to a statement from Four Seasons.

Other highlights include art by Canadian artists, Canadian-made furniture, Nespresso machines, electric kettles, new lighting and electronic curtain systems, wireless chargers and minibars full of local goods.

A storied department store gets a new life


In Oxford, England, a new lifestyle hotel called The Store has opened in the former home of the Boswells department store — one of the longest-running department stores in the world. The new hotel has plenty to offer guests looking for a one-of-a-kind stay, including 101 rooms spread across seven floors and two interconnected buildings. It also has a rooftop bar, a restaurant serving “untraditionally British” food and even a spa.

Hampton by Hilton is getting zesty


Available for a limited time, Hampton by Hilton is shaking up its free breakfast game by introducing a special lemon waffle in the U.S. and Canada. Hampton by Hilton’s unique waffle flavors, ranging from pumpkin spice to red velvet, have been popular for years. Now, the brand encourages guests to make a lemon waffle and top it with sweet blueberry compote for the ultimate summer waffle experience.

Hilton partners with ResortPass for pool and spa access


Sometimes, you don’t end up at the resort with the best pool or spa, but that doesn’t mean you’re totally locked out of experiencing them. Hilton has teamed up with ResortPass, a company that sells daypasses to popular resort pools and spas; this allows people who aren’t staying at select properties the opportunity to join in on the fun.

Right now, some of those resorts include the Conrad Los Angeles, Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, the Conrad Indianapolis, The Diplomat Beach Resort, Conrad Punta de Mita and the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, among many others.

Chef Michael Mena makes his New York debut at the JW Marriott Essex House


Chef Michael Mina is well known for his assortment of restaurants, including Bourbon Steak, a new take on the classic American steakhouse. While Bourbon Steak has locations in cities like LA, Miami, and Nashville, Mina has yet to return to New York City after launching his career at chef Charlie Palmer’s restaurant Aureole.

That’s all changed now that Bourbon Steak New York and its meat- and seafood-heavy menu are welcoming guests at the JW Marriott Essex House, right across the street from Central Park. There, guests can enjoy lobster and other seafood from a cart brought tableside, sip on smoking whisky cocktails and savor beautiful steaks. Then, they can retire to a room with views of the park upstairs.

Tempo by Hilton Times wants you to meet Ben Platt

When I first learned that the iconic Palace Theater in New York City would be lifted 30 feet off street level as part of the TSX Broadway and Tempo by Hilton development, I was intrigued to see how the hotel would partner with the theater it towers over. Now, those partnerships are coming to life, and the first involves Broadway superstar Ben Platt and Broadway Plus.

Now through June 15, Platt is taking up residence at The Palace, and Tempo by Hilton Times Square is offering a special package. It includes an overnight stay, show tickets, a meet-and-greet experience, exclusive merch and complimentary drinks (inspired by Platt’s new album, “Honeymind”) served at Highball, the hotel bar.

Additionally, Highball will serve an entire pre-fixe menu for $65 per person, featuring dishes inspired by Platt’s album.

Rates start at $800, and you can book online.

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