Notorious. Bold. Transformative – Art Celebrates Empowerment at Hotel Zena, Washington, DC

October 13, 2020

As guests approach the new Hotel Zena in Washington DC, they are met by seven-story tall female warriors on the building’s exterior. Sixty original works of art celebrate female empowerment and gender equality in a collection curated to inspire and ignite conversation. “A light just went off inside of me,” says Andrea Dawson Sheehan, Owner… Read More

Chaminade Resort & Spa – Luxury Coastal Retreat in the Redwoods

September 15, 2020

Chaminade Resort & Spa nestled amidst 300 acres of Redwoods in California’s Santa Cruz mountains provides breathtaking vistas of Monterey Bay and equally inspiring vignettes of its $10 million renovation. San Francisco-based EDG Interior Architecture & Design restored the integrity of the 1930’s Spanish Revival architecture with authentic period details, while updating it in a… Read More

Purchasing in a Pandemic

May 13, 2020

Covid-19 brought a robust hospitality industry with record levels of renovation and construction to a near standstill. Many projects went on hold, while others moved forward with heightened levels of wariness over the financial stability and reliability of factories around the world. Enter the purchasing agent – with an expanded role to play in managing… Read More

Staying Safe & Focused

March 17, 2020

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to our global hospitality community during this challenging time.   Here at Bray Whaler, we’re working remotely and staying focused on meeting the needs of our clients and projects. You can reach us via email and on our mobile phones during business hours. We have a handful of… Read More

Travel & Leisure’s Spotlight On Exciting New Hotels

February 12, 2020

Travel & Leisure’s list of “82 Hotel Openings to Look Forward to in 2020″ includes innovative hotels around the world — including three Bray Whaler projects. Hotels were selected based on luxurious details, personalized experiences, and creative amenities that make hotel stays more interesting and exciting than ever. We’re working hard on final touches to… Read More

Happy Holidays & Prosperous New Year!

December 10, 2019

We extend heartfelt thanks to our clients and vendors for making 2019 another terrific year Wishing you Happy Holidays! — The Teams at Bray Whaler —                

Elisa Whaler Wins Purchasing Company Executive of the Year Award

May 15, 2019

Elisa Whaler was honored as “Purchasing Company Executive of the Year” by Hotel Interactive at their annual Lodging Industry’s Elite Awards event, held at The Encore Wynn Las Vegas, May 13th. “This is a wonderful honor and is truly shared with our team, our clients and our vendors. I appreciate the opportunity to represent Bray… Read More

In the Aftermath of Oil Spills and Hurricanes – New Gulf Coast Hilton Rises as a Sustainability Superstar

December 20, 2018

The newest arrival to Alabama’s sugar-white sand beaches is the $140 million Lodge at Gulf State Park. Set amidst the park’s 6,150 acres, the 350-room Hilton has a remarkable eco-friendly operating ethos. Owned by the state of Alabama/Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the development was financed by some of Alabama’s earliest settlements from… Read More

A New Star In Snowmass – Just In Time For Christmas

The much anticipated Limelight Snowmass opened in the center of base village on December 14th with 99 guestrooms, 11 private residences, ski valet, après ski lounge, two pools with spa cabanas, and a kids’ room.  The hotel is part of a $600 million Snowmass Base Village project created by Aspen Skiing Company and East-West Partners in partnership… Read More

New Hilton Des Moines Wins Two Prestigious Awards

November 28, 2018

The stunning new Hilton Des Moines Downtown wins ‘Best Residential/Hospitality Project’ in ENR Midwest’s 2018 Best Project Awards, and ‘Best New Build’ by Hilton Hotel’s and Resorts. The ENR Midwest judges evaluated 106 entries to select 14 ‘Best Project’ winners across many construction categories.  The winners will be featured in-depth in the November 26 edition of ENR… Read More