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The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis Park Place Announces Completion of Renovations to Public Spaces
The DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place announces completion of renovations to the hotel lobby, incorporating a modern feel with welcoming features.
Comprehensive renovations to the lobby incorporate thoughtful touches to create a warm arrival for travelers and group guests. The new lobby design, reflective of the local area’s vibrant entertainment and social scene, features porcelain tile flooring, all new furniture, an expanded entrance with revolving front door, and front desk pods with a modern design and quartz crystal countertops. Additional upgrades include a lobby community table wired with power outlets, and an internet connectivity zone with state-of-the-art computers for web browsing, printing boarding passes and more.
“We're delighted to unveil the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place's brand new lobby renovation," said General Manager Dan Winslow. "We incorporated a modern design inspired by downtown Minneapolis and the businesses that light up the street at night. The design brilliantly combines the comfort of a neighborhood pub with bright pops of orange and teal that play off the neon lights found in every corner of downtown.
The lobby works off of the traveler’s need for comfort, hospitality and technology. And of course, a warm Doubletree cookie at check-in greets every guest arriving to start their DoubleTree experience,” said Winslow.
During the renovations, the hotel donated gently used bedding and lobby furniture to local charities. A second phase of property renovations will include a refresh of all guest rooms with all new Hilton Suite Dreams beds, carpet, wall coverings and furniture. Previously, the hotel enhanced its complimentary WiFi service with dedicated fiber optic connectivity, boosting data bandwidth and WiFi access points in guest room corridors and public areas of the hotel.
New round of renovations in process to complete transformation of KC Marriott Downtown by end of 2015
The final phases of a $3 million renovation of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown’s Muehlebach Tower meeting rooms and public spaces is scheduled for completion April 1. The project, begun in November, focuses on values important to today's hotel target audience of millennial guests and meeting planners: modern aesthetics, flexible work and meeting spaces, accessibility, and sustainability. High-tech functionality is at the essence of an interior design theme that favors modern, urban chic sophistication. Jazz, Art Deco and Beaux-Arts motifs reflecting the colorful history of downtown Kansas City’s Gilded Age are employed through stylized forms to give visitors a unique sense of place.
The Muehlebach Tower renovation comes on the heels of a $6 million renovation of the ballroom and meeting rooms in the hotel's Marriott Tower completed in 2014. An innovative re-design of all 983 guest rooms located in the two hotel towers will be announced in late spring. Upon completion, more than $30 million will have been invested since 2012 toward transforming the Marriott Kansas City Downtown into a state-of-the-art hotel for the city and the world – much as when its ancestor, the iconic Hotel Muehlebach, did upon opening a century ago on May 17, 1915.
About Kansas City Marriott Downtown: Kansas City’s largest convention hotel offers 983 guest rooms and over 93,000 square feet of diverse banquet and meeting space spread out through 42 different function rooms in two towers connected by an elevated walkway. Information is available by calling 816-421-6800 or visiting kansascitymarriottdowntown.com.
The Lodge of Four Seasons Begins a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
Access Hotels & Resorts are pleased to announce a multi-million dollar renovation project of the famed Lodge of Four Seasons Resort located at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Renovation of the property will include remodeling all guest rooms including replacement of all exterior sliding doors and the addition of 55 inch televisions, updating all public areas including the entry, lobby, restaurants, meeting rooms, atrium, hallways, exterior building enhancements, including the main swimming pool, roadways and sidewalks plus the replacement of the heating and cooling systems.
Butler Rosenbury and Partners, a premier architectural firm headquartered in Springfield, MO has been selected to design and guide the remodeling project. David L. Hess, AIA with Butler, Rosenbury said, “We are pleased to have been selected as the architect to design and guide the remodeling of one of the most historic and famous resorts in Missouri.” Work has already begun on the development and design phases. Architectural renderings will be displayed in the lobby as they become available.
Matchline Design Group in Dallas, Texas is a top designer for hotels and resorts, restaurants, and corporate offices, and has been selected as the interior decorator. Lesley Hughes Wyman, Principal/Partner of the firm said, “We intend to reinvigorate the Lodge with a warm and inviting palette that brings a fresh, yet still comfortable atmosphere. Updated finishes, furnishings and lighting will draw from the natural surroundings as inspiration to create a modern, approachable aesthetic without comprising the familiarity of the property that guests have come to know and love throughout the years.”
Tom Baker, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Principal of Access Hotels & Resort added, “We are excited to have this opportunity to oversee the extensive remodeling program to improve and enhance the resort property, taking it to the next level and maintaining the resort as the destination resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.”
Additional details of this renovation will be announced as plans are finalized.
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Completes Renovation of Guest Rooms & Meeting Space
The AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center in Missouri has completed the renovation of its 301 guest rooms and suites, and the renovation of all of its smaller meeting rooms. In addition, the resort added a new Executive Board Room with state-of-the-art A/V and technology capabilities, and enhanced all of its meeting space (including its Great Hall ballroom) with new LED lighting, new flex-back banquet chairs, and new “linenless” meeting tables. Situated in the picturesque Ozark Mountains overlooking scenic Table Rock Lake, the resort features 43,500 square feet of meeting space all on one level and is widely recognized as one of the finest resorts in the Midwest.
The resort’s guest rooms and suites now feature all-new beds, Serta Perfect Sleeper plush mattresses, and bedding. This includes elegant cherry wood headboards, custom-made toppers with down insert, two types of fluffy king-size pillows, and 300 thread-count sateen sheets. In addition, guest rooms and suites also now feature such new furniture as granite-top desks and bedside tables, as well as beautiful new window treatments, custom-made shower curtains, new Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities, and two new desk and bedside phones. Guest rooms and suites now feature a new color scheme with rich tones of brown, beige and yellow.
The resort’s new 684-square-foot Executive Board Room features advanced audiovisual and technology capabilities that includes a 54” touch-screen HD television with speakers built into the boardroom table, which can seat 20 people.
In addition to the new meeting tables and LED lighting, the resort’s smaller meeting rooms also now feature new carpet, and new wall treatments.
“Featuring breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and exceptional meeting facilities, Chateau on the Lake has long been a favorite with meeting planners and incentive specialists for meetings and events, both large and small,” said Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of the resort. “Meeting professionals and their attendees will just love the new look of our guest rooms, the many enhancements to our meeting space, and our wonderful new Executive Board Room.”
The resort offers 20 meeting rooms, including the 32,000-square-foot Great Hall, and three corporate board rooms in addition to the new Executive Board Room. The resort also features a private 54-seat theater for special presentations, high-speed Internet access in all meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, on-site Audio/Visual service with state-of-the-art A/V equipment and technology, complimentary Wi-Fi in pre-convene areas, and outstanding banquet and catering services.
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The Westin Cincinnati Announces Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
The Westin Cincinnati announced that it has begun work on a multi-million dollar renovation that includes significant upgrades and contemporary enhancements to its 456 guest rooms. Additionally, the hotel has completed construction on an innovative meeting space, Tangent at Westin™.
“The Westin brand is about living well and the changes that we are making to this renowned property are designed to inspire well-being in travel, work, meetings and vacations,” said Kathleen Gilbey, the Westin Cincinnati general manager. “We look forward to revealing our re-design in the coming months, and will of course continue to provide our guests with excellent service during this time of transition”
Embracing the Westin brand’s promise For a Better You, the renovations will include a refresh of the 456 guest rooms featuring the Westin Heavenly® Bed and Westin Heavenly® Shower, new guest corridors, an enhanced ADA-compliant hotel entrance and Tangent. Designed to facilitate collaboration among small groups, Tangent is ideal for impromptu meetings, brainstorms or interviews and comes equipped with smart technology to enhance productivity.
Starting from the core frame of each guest room, nearly 2,500 gallons of paint, 7,500 square yards of carpet and 51,200 yards of wall vinyl will be utilized to transform the décor. From the palette of harmonious, nature-inspired colors to the subtle mood lighting, attention will be paid to every detail to enhance guests’ moods from check-in to check-out.
“Guests will notice a sensory-rich environment that provides a respite from the rigors of travel and sets a welcoming tone,” Gilbey explained. “The Westin brand’s innovative programs and instinctive service are meant to transform every aspect of a guest’s stay into a revitalizing experience.”
Westin Hotels & Resorts, like all brands within Starwood’s robust portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. SPG® offers members the ability to redeem awards at more resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties than any other hotel program.
French Lick Resort Unveils $20 Million Meeting & Event Center Expansion
For over 125 years, French Lick Springs Hotel (and West Baden Springs Hotel) has hosted countless meetings, annual conferences and executive retreats. The first published reference notes that the Mitchell District of the Indiana Medical Society convened here in 1888. It was during the 1931 Governor’s Conference, held in French Lick Springs Hotel, that Franklin D. Roosevelt rounded up his party's support for the presidential nomination.
French Lick Resort is continuing to build on that reputation with the addition of a 58,000 sq. ft. expansion, totaling $20 million. The expanded Meeting and Event Center has more than 101,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a new 22,000 sq. ft. adjustable ballroom. With a total of 163,000 sq.ft. of customizable meeting and event space resort-wide, French Lick Resort is the largest privately-owned meeting space in the state of Indiana.
“Since the $560 million restoration of French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel eight years ago, creating French Lick Resort, group business has always been an important part of the equation,” said Adina Cloud, Director of Sales. “This latest expansion allows us to accommodate national conventions and large corporations who require a larger space than we could previously offer."
The Meeting and Event Center now features 27 meeting rooms including:
Traditional meeting space is available in boardrooms, conference rooms and large-scale ballrooms. Many unique venues are also available. Groups can sit around a campfire at The Stables, dine alfresco on one of the highest points in Indiana or bond over a game of bowling.
Unlike a traditional conference center, French Lick Resort's capabilities extend beyond meeting space. By choosing the southern Indiana meeting destination, planners will have the convenience of everything under one roof. From guestrooms to dining venues, entertainment options to resort activities, the planning team can address all the needs of attendees. The resort amenities enhance the overall meeting experience.
A team of dedicated professionals can also put together on-site specialty events to add some extra panache’ to clients' meetings. Private culinary demonstrations, talent shows or a little something called “Wild West Adventure” can all be held at the resort. Off-site transportation, secondary venues and additional contacts are not necessary when meetings are held here.
For more information about options for executive retreats or large-scale conferences, please contact the Resort Sales office at 812-936-5950. A meeting planner guide is also available online.