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Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Announces Completion of Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation of The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis.
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced its flagship property, the AAA-Four Diamond historic Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. has completed the renovation of its 176 tower guest rooms. The completed guest room renovations are part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar reinvestment in the property, which includes new club floors offering additional enhancements and amenities for guests, a high-tech executive boardroom and a Club Lounge.
“We are extremely pleased with the results of the newly designed guest rooms, and believe our guests will be too”
“The Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, was purchased out of bankruptcy by Ben Marcus, The Marcus Corporation’s founder, in 1962. The hotel’s tower was originally added to the building in 1966 to meet the growing demand from travelers and to add a contemporary look and modern amenities, while still embracing the rooms in the historic section of the hotel. Once again, the tower guest rooms have been redesigned with today’s modern traveler in mind, while still preserving the art and history that makes the property a unique jewel,” said Thomas F. Kissinger, interim president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and senior executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation.
The newly renovated tower guest rooms were designed to reflect a vision of livable luxury – blending tradition with modern esthetics and amenities. The power of neutral grays and neutral space is a constant theme throughout, with a pop of imaginative color. Each bathroom features marble vanity tops and flooring, a separate commode stall for privacy and a tiled shower. Designed with the everyday business traveler in mind, the rooms offer guests a comfortable work space – in beautiful style.
As part of the renovations, the hotel introduced two new club floors with added personalized conveniences and services that include access to the hotel’s new VIP Club Lounge on the 23rd floor and a private attendant. “Club floor guests will be greeted with a special welcome amenity and personalized note in an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Guests in these rooms can enjoy convenient technology amenities, a Keurig coffee maker, and a personal club room attendant to manage any special requests throughout their stay,” said Kissinger.
The Pfister Hotel announced the completion of its Club Lounge in April 2013. The Club Lounge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. The Club Lounge is located on the top floor of the hotel, offering expansive views of the city and Lake Michigan. With an atmosphere similar to a home library, guests can enjoy a fireplace, bookshelves, comfortable seating, workstations for individuals and small groups, Wi-Fi Internet access, printers and televisions for monitoring the day’s events. The Club Lounge also offers guests breakfast each morning, snacks and beverages throughout the day and hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the evening. Guests not staying on club floors can upgrade their room reservation to include Club Lounge access for a nominal fee.
The Pfister’s new executive boardroom, Twenty 3, was also introduced last year. The upscale, high-tech boardroom incorporates unmatched presentation technology, multiple 4K LED monitors, including 3D, gesture recognition, iPad multi-media controls, surround sound and an iMac lab.
“We are extremely pleased with the results of the newly designed guest rooms, and believe our guests will be too,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation. “We are committed to the continuous improvement of the hotel. From the décor and personal service to the new Club Lounge and club floors, we are always looking for ways to enhance our guests’ experience. Many guests stay at The Pfister because of its rich history, extensive Victorian art collection and personal service. The renovations allow us to meet the needs of today’s savvy millennial travelers, while also maintaining the historic look and feel of the hotel.”
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About The Pfister Hotel
Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for more than a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style; 2013 marked the hotel’s 120th year as an icon in Milwaukee. The Pfister Hotel was purchased in 1962 by Ben Marcus, who vowed to renovate the distinguished hotel to its original beauty. Significant renovations were completed and a new 23-story guest room tower was built. In fall 2012, The Marcus Corporation celebrated its 50th year of ownership of the property.
Home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, The Pfister is a AAA Four-Diamond property with membership in two of the industry's leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. More information and updates on the hotel can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thePfisterHotel and on Twitter (@PfisterHotel).
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).
About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its Marcus Hotels & Resorts division, the company’s movie theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fifth largest theatre circuit in the United States and currently owns or operates 685 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.marcuscorp.com.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Begins Renovation of 100,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space and Concierge Lounge
As part of a $30 million renovation project, the remodeling of 100,000 square feet of meeting space at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center will begin on May 19. This phase of the riverfront hotel’s massive overhaul is expected to be completed in December. The meeting space at the Detroit Marriot spans three floors with 34 separate rooms and the renovation will enhance functionality as well as aesthetics. The renovation will be done in phases enabling group functions to continue without disruption.
Additionally, the Detroit Marriott will completely refurbish its two-level concierge lounge located on the 56th & 57th floors. Available to elite members of Marriott Rewards and those guests staying in concierge guest rooms, the concierge lounge offers guests a place to socialize and enjoy complimentary refreshments.
“We’re very excited to begin this next big step of a $30 million renovation that is an investment in the City of Detroit, as well as an investment in this Michigan landmark hotel,” said Shonda Johnson, Area General Manager of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. “Our modernized, beautiful and more flexible meeting space will help draw more visitors and milestone events to our amazing city.”
One of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, Marriott International first announced plans to renovate its 71-floor Detroit hotel in August 2013. Renovations to 1,329 guest rooms began in February 2014 and are expected to be finished in October 2014. The renovation of the 52 suites will be completed by December 2014. The 70-floor hotel will continue to remain open throughout the project with a few floors undergoing reconstruction at a time.
Similar to the décor of the new guest rooms, the hotel’s meeting areas will have a comfortably modern theme reflecting the vibe of the city and the fabric of the region. The design team took inspiration from the Detroit River and the round, concrete and glass architectural features of the Renaissance Center. Grey, taupe, watery blue, moss green and touches of purple combine for a soft yet striking new color palate. Textured wall vinyl on large pillars will resemble ripples of cool water while polished wood paneling adds warmth to the space.
Perhaps most importantly, the public areas outside the meeting rooms have been totally rethought to allow for the addition of pre-function space for small group gatherings. All-new flexible seating areas and workspaces will be filled with organically-shaped and ultra-contemporary furnishings. An overhead canopy will help define separate areas of congregation and lighted wall panels will feature a stylized skyline of Detroit. Another decorative focal point of the new pre-function space will be an enormous glass light fixture that is a stunning work of art in itself resembling droplets of water suspended from the ceiling.
Also beginning a major transformation this month is the Detroit Marriott’s concierge lounge. It will be totally refreshed with chic design elements like those of a modern automobile showroom -- sleek furnishings, shiny edges, contemporary seating, polished surfaces, burled walnut and silver mesh. Artwork featuring actual car parts will also adorn the space that offers a breathtaking view of the city. Additionally, the two-level salon will also be reconfigured for better traffic flow and lighting.
The Detroit Marriott’s massive makeover is part of Marriott Hotels’ current brand transformation to reflect the lifestyle of the next generation of travelers who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world. And, as the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott is introducing new technology designed for the mobile worker including Workspring at Marriott, Red Coat Direct and Workspace on Demand.
About the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is located on the riverfront in the heart of downtown Detroit. The hotel’s guest rooms offer some of the most spectacular views of Detroit with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline, the Detroit River and Canada. The property has 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate up to 2,200 guests. The hotel is within the General Motors Renaissance Center complex, 25 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport and five minutes from Windsor, Ontario. For more information or reservations, call Marriott at 1-800-352-0831, or visit www.detroitmarriott.com.
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About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.
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Tan-Tar-A Continues Renovations
Renovation work is continuing at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina and Indoor Waterpark, the Lake of the Ozarks' premier resort. Work now underway focuses on the resort's main building and is scheduled to be completed this spring.
All 144 guest rooms in the main building, Building A, are being renovated as well as the main lobby and Mr. D's Lounge. Additional renovations to Windgate Hall, the resort's 30,000-square-foot exhibit area, have been completed. The updated exhibit hall now is more suitable as a multi-purpose meetings and events area, providing groups flexible options for meetings and conventions.
"Initial feedback from our guests has been one of excitement for our new look," said Fred Dehner, Tan-Tar-A general manager. "We believe our large guest rooms will be popular with our diverse clientele of group and family travelers. Whether they need room to work, or just relax, our rooms give them luxurious, modern comfort during their stay at our full-service resort."
When completed, guest rooms on all eight floors of the main building will feature two king-size beds along with a sleeper sofa. Modern furnishings, fixtures, and amenities in the rooms will include new mattresses, crisp linens and bedding, and flat-screen high-definition televisions, in addition to updated modern decor. All guest rooms in the main building feature private balconies with a view of beautiful Lake of the Ozarks and the resort's marina. The remaining guest rooms on the resort complex have new flat-screen high-definition televisions, new bedding, and artwork.
A new fiber optic network has been installed, which will increase bandwidth in the resort's meeting spaces and guest rooms to ensure maximum productivity and networking for resort guests.
The Oaks, Tan-Tar-A's 18-hole championship golf course, received attention as well, with new sod on the driving range and new bunkers.
For additional information about the renovation project, contact Tan-Tar-A's sales office at 573-348-8550. For information about the resort, go to www.Tan-Tar-A.com.
Topping Off Ceremony Held for $15.5 Million Dollar Meeting Space Expansion
Project Ahead of Schedule and Groups Already Booking
On April 17, the last steel beam was lowered into place on French Lick Resort’s meeting space expansion signaling significant progress on the $15.5 million dollar project. When complete in January 2015, the Meeting & Event Center will be the largest hotel meeting space in the state of Indiana.
The 58,000 sq. ft. expansion, connecting the existing Event Center with the Valley Links Exhibition Center, will allow the resort to host large groups simultaneously while offering space for general sessions, breakouts and exhibitions. This addition to the existing 109,000 square feet of event space offered at the four-diamond property will include the 34,000 sq. ft. expansion, a 22,000 sq. ft. adjustable ballroom and 27 different meeting venues .From board meetings and retreats to annual conventions and association meetings, groups now have access to nearly 163,500 sq. ft. of traditional, historic and unique venues and outdoor spaces resort-wide.
French Lick Resort offers traditional meeting spaces in boardrooms, conference rooms and large scale venues but many unique venues are available as well. Imagine your group sitting around a campfire at the stables, dining alfresco on one of the highest points in Indiana or bonding over a game of bowling.
This new addition to the resort’s already popular portfolio of meeting venues makes it easy to see why the resort is the premier choice of meeting planners throughout the Midwest.
Resort features include:
The resort is an attractive proposition for meeting planners who appreciate the activity-filled resort without the excessive charges usually associated with meeting at a resort. No resort fee, complimentary wifi (in guestrooms, public spaces and meeting rooms) and free valet parking are just some of the attractive offerings.
A team of dedicated professionals can also put together on-site specialty events to add some extra panache’ to client’s meetings. Guests will be talking long after the meeting about private culinary demonstrations, impromptu talents shows or a little something we call “Wild West Adventure” —all right here at the resort.
No need to go off-property and worry about transportation, secondary venues and additional contacts, French Lick Resort can take care of it all!
To book your next executive retreat or large scale conference, please contact the Resort Sales office at 812-936-5950.
For more information, please visit www.frenchlick.com or call (888) 936-9360.
Innsbrook Debuts Remodeled Conference Center
The latest round of remodels has been completed at Innsbrook Resort’s Conference Center, located less than an hour outside of St. Louis. The bulk of the renovating took place in the Aspen Room and the Foxfire Lounge areas and was aimed at modernizing and brightening the lodge-like space.
“With a meeting or retreat at Innsbrook, conferees can come together to accomplish their goals without being distracted by the hustle and bustle of a downtown meeting location,” said Innsbrook Conference Center General Manager Dan Thomas. “They can focus on the task at hand with face-to-face discussion and team-building exercises, both important in establishing a connection on a professional level.”
Renovations began last fall with the addition of a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the main dining room, which hosts a beamed cathedral ceiling. Walls were removed while others were lightened to open the space, bring in more natural light, and allow for lake views throughout the room.
“Each meeting room at Innsbrook boasts plenty of natural light and private outdoor patio space convenient for breaks between meeting sessions,” said Thomas. “The most recent renovations have gone even further in bringing the outdoors in and helping groups get creative and have an enjoyable and productive experience in a refreshing new environment.”
The Foxfire area of the Innsbrook Conference Center has grown from a lounge to a multi-functional area that can host meals, meeting breaks, and parties. The space overlooks 150-acre Lake Aspen and provides a year-round gathering area, in which slate flooring, cambria countertops, and rock facing were recently installed.
Future renovation plans include a new location for the swimming pool and a large, multi-level patio that will blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment.
“The staff at Innsbrook encourage meeting planners or anyone interested in holding a family or class reunion, birthday party, wedding, and any event of the like, to pay us a visit,” said Thomas. “We’ll be happy to take them for a personal tour.”
The Conference Center at Innsbrook hosts corporate meetings and retreats, weddings, receptions, family gatherings, and celebrations of all kinds. Learn more about the meeting space at Innsbrook at www.innsbrook-resort.com/meetings.
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