LAWRENCE, KS — The Eldridge and The Oread hotels took home first place and second place at Best of Lawrence 2016 for Best Hotel. This is the fourth year in a row that the hotels have placed first and second.
Additionally, this is the eighth time The Eldridge has won Best Hotel! The Eldridge features TEN restaurant and Jayhawker Bar and is located at the intersection of 7th and Massachusetts streets. It features 56 suites and friendly valet and concierge services, along with free wi-fi, in the main building and at the extended-stay property, Eldridge Extended.
The Oread Hotel received second place. It features Bird Dog Bar, The Nest on Ninth, Slice of History and Lemon Bliss Tanning. The Oread offers 99 rooms, breath-taking views from two terraces, and fully equipped meeting and social spaces. It’s located on the north gate of the University of Kansas campus.
The Eldridge staff are doubly proud of this year’s awards. The Jayhawker Bar, a classic Downtown bar that many KU students consider a right of passage, won Best Place to Get a Cocktail or Mixed Drink against heavy competition. The Jayhawker’s Martini list offers 36 different options. The Jayhawker Juice martini, which features pineapple infused vodka, is a local favorite. Martinis are half-price every Thursday at The Jayhawker, and its Happy Hour goes from 4-6:30pm Mon-Fri.
Two staff members of The Oread and Eldridge were also recognized. Whitney Webber, Catering Manager of The Eldridge and The Oread, placed in the Top 10 for Best Event Planner. Beau Moody, barista at The Oread’s Coffee Corner, placed in the Top 10 for Best Barista.
The Eldridge was also in the Top Ten for Best Happy Hour, Breakfast Spot, Best Steak, Best Waitstaff/Service and Best Wine list.
For more information, please visit http://www.lawrence.com/bestoflawrence/ or look for the Best of Lawrence Magazine.
About The Olivia Collection Properties
The Oread, Lawrence’s premiere property located on the north edge of KU’s campus, offers 99 rooms, breath-taking views from two terraces, multiple dining options, a KU gift store, free wi-fi, and fully equipped meeting and social spaces.
The Eldridge Hotel, built in 1925, is located in the heart of Downtown Lawrence. The Eldridge’s design features 56 large, well-appointed suites; classic banquet spaces; a plush lobby; award-winning wine; free wi-fi; and meeting spaces in the main building and at The Eldridge Extended, 201 8th St.
The Olivia Collection, the holding company for the two boutique hotels, employs 250 community members, depending on the season, who are bright and service-oriented. They look forward to being of service to you!