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Chicago's Iconic Palmer House Hilton Celebrates 143 Years with $215 Million Restoration
Chicago’s hip and historic Palmer House Hilton unveils a $215 million renovation restoring the centenary palace to its original grandeur. Dating back to 1871 and situated in the heart of Downtown Chicago, the 1,641 room hotel has undergone an extensive restoration of its executive level, hospitality suites, meetings facilities, health club, business center and restaurants transforming the property back to its full glory.
“We are delighted to share the recent renovations of Palmer House Hilton with our guests,” said Dean Lane, General Manager. “Our goal has always been to preserve this iconic property while ensuring our guests are met with the comforts and conveniences of the 21st century. Continuing its legacy and maintaining unmatched hospitality for our guests, we will move forward in celebrating 143 years in the making.”
Known for its intricate architecture and storied past, the hotel’s recent renovation ensures 21st century comforts and conveniences are combined with the property’s iconic offerings. With over 50 deluxe and hospitality suites in addition to the hotel’s over-the-top penthouse, Palmer House Hilton’s Executive and Hospitality level accommodations have been graced with a $6 million-dollar restoration this year. Featuring Serenity Dreams plush-top mattresses, Peter Roth Artisan bath amenities and exclusive VIP offerings such as private check-in, key-only access, complimentary breakfast and a dedicated concierge, the hotel’s Executive and Hospitality level accommodations offer a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel within a hotel experience taking an ordinary stay to the next level.
Meetings & Events
With over 77 function rooms and 130,000 square feet of event space, the Palmer House Hilton’s unique Meeting & Event facilities offer a variety of options to create the perfect event. From the famed Empire Room which played host to legendary entertainers Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and more intimate salon settings, the Palmer House Hilton ensures all spaces are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology guaranteeing a convenient and customized experience.
A true Chicago institution and mecca for in-the-know travelers, Palmer House Hilton continues to stay at the forefront of hospitality in the Windy City. In addition to its all-inclusive offerings, the hotel’s award-winning “History is Hott” tour takes guests through the hotel’s storied past highlighting the French Empire design-influenced lobby, grand ballrooms and vintage artifacts showcased throughout the famed property.
For more information on the hip and historic Palmer House Hilton, please visit www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com or follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter.
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What's New at Boyne Highlands Resort
Boyne Highlands Resort has undergone numerous renovations including two newly remodeled pools for resort lodging guests at The Bartley House hotel and Heather Highlands Inn condo-hotel. The resort has also renovated meeting space for group functions in the Main Lodge with updated lighting, new carpet, and fresh paint, and has a refreshed hotel lobby.
On The Slopes
This winter, skiers and snowboarders can get even more time in on some favorite terrain as the Interconnect and North Face chairlifts are expanding to daily operations. The Tubing Park will offer more excitement with an expansion from two side-by-side lanes to six individual lanes thanks to a new tube lane cutter. The resort’s Burton Riglet Park, specially designed for 3-6 year olds, is being enhanced with new features and moving to the Camelot beginner slope. Additional lighting on the NASTAR course will make maneuvering turns even easier, and for park enthusiasts, Boyne Highlands continues to offer the only 13-foot Halfpipe in Michigan.
On The Trails
Boyne Highlands has purchased a new cross country tracker for more efficient grooming and tracking of the resort’s 35 km of trails. For a twist on the trails, snow bikes were introduced last season, and will continue to be available this winter on exclusively tracked trails. New this winter, six enchanted snowshoe expeditions are planned, each followed by a gourmet dinner. Snowshoe event dates will be announced on boynehighlands.com.
New Rental Equipment
Boyne Highlands has expanded rental equipment with the purchase of an additional 200 sets of Head skis and boots, as well as new Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) boards, boots and bindings for adults and children.
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Wisconsin Resort Ready to Host More Meetings, Weddings, Retreats and Expos Thanks to Just-Completed Addition
What do you do when you can’t keep up with demand? You expand, of course, which is precisely what The Osthoff Resort on the shores of Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin did recently. They’ve just completed an addition to the conference center wing, dubbed the Grand Libelle Ballroom, with 10,000 square feet of ballroom space and an additional 5,500 square feet of pre-function space that now allows The Osthoff to host even more meetings, retreats, weddings and expos. The additional square footage also means the resort can go after larger-scale meetings and expos that literally weren’t a fit for the resort prior to the expansion due to space constraints.
“You might say it was a good dilemma to have, that built-in high demand plus potential for more and larger meetings, that made the expansion a very sound business decision,” said Lola Roeh, the resort’s general manager. “It’s also good for the entire community, adding to the tourism base that largely defines the economy of Elkhart Lake.”
With the new addition, the resort’s total function space now totals 38,000 square feet. The Grand Libelle can accommodate groups as large as 1,500 theatre-style and 800 for banquets.
According to Roeh, meeting planners have always appreciated the resort’s many on-site amenities including restaurants and destination spa, its variety of condominium-style suites all under one roof and numbering more than 250, and its scenic location just a short drive from Midwest business centers. The one stumbling block for those planning large meetings and expos was meeting space. “Now the pieces of the puzzle are all in place to be able to say ‘yes’ to larger gatherings,” said Roeh.
This addition to the north wing is elegant and sophisticated yet warm and welcoming in keeping with the décor aesthetic of the rest of the resort. Chandeliers hang from tray ceilings, there’s custom carpet throughout, wood doors and accents provide a sense of warmth, and the space is richly appointed with period-style furnishings. The color palette includes shades of moss green, teal, rich browns and beiges, ivory and gold, mirroring the natural hues of the resort’s lakeside setting.
Meeting planners may access detailed information at www.OsthoffMeetings.com.
About The Osthoff Resort
The Osthoff Resort features all-suite accommodations, two restaurants, full-service spa, classic cooking school, year-round recreation, signature events, gift boutiques, and grand conference rooms. It is located just one hour north of Milwaukee, less than two hours from Madison and approximately three hours from Chicago. For reservations, call 800.876.3399 or book online at www.Osthoff.com.
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel Completes Over $1 Million in Facility Upgrades
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI. has announced the completion of over $1 Million in facility upgrades, largely in guest room areas of the hotel.
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Completes $11 Million Revitalization of The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, in Lincoln, Neb.
Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) today announced it has completed an $11 million renovation of The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, in Lincoln, Neb. just in time for Husker football season. Every inch of the hotel was renovated, and creative new food and beverage concepts and Marriott signature elements were added. Located just minutes from the historic Haymarket District and easy walking distance from the University of Nebraska campus, the hotel has undergone significant changes that have taken this beautiful property to new heights in Nebraska’s capital city.
“Having been a part of the Lincoln community for nearly 90 years, we are extremely excited to present the newly refurbished Cornhusker Hotel to the Lincoln community and our guests,” said Bob Megazzini, general manager. “From the 27 meeting rooms to the elegant lobby and updated guest rooms, The Cornhusker will be the place for business travelers, social events, galas and weddings alike.”
The revitalized lobby, still featuring a beautifully ornate staircase, now boasts a modernized look and feel, emphasizing neutral colors that reflect Marriott’s design vision. At the front desk, backlit panels and dark wood accents provide an inviting and warm atmosphere for guests as they arrive. Expansive floor-to-ceiling lobby windows now serve as a focal point, naturally lighting the lobby and creating a welcoming gathering space.
In addition to the significant lobby transformation, other property renovations include all 300 guest rooms, as well as 46,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
As Lincoln’s most prominent hotel for business meetings, conferences, weddings and social gatherings, event planners will be eager to book their upcoming event in the refurbished meeting spaces. New décor, wall coverings and modern design elements set the tone, with state-of-the-art technologies, including video conferencing and high-speed Internet access, available to make every meeting a success. Combine the new updates with the hotel’s in-house audio visual team and highly-skilled catering specialists, and guests are sure to enjoy their corporate gathering or social event.
“From the renovated lobby, guest rooms and meeting spaces to the expanded food and beverage concepts, guests and area residents will appreciate the extensive renovations that were made to this historic property and iconic landmark in downtown Lincoln. We are proud to partner with Marriott International on continuing to position The Cornhusker as the leader in its market and to maintain its prominent position within the Lincoln community,” said Thomas F. Kissinger, interim president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and senior executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts and its affiliate, MCS Capital, acquired The Cornhusker hotel in September 2012 as part of a joint venture with a fund affiliate of LEM Capital of Philadelphia. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is the majority owner of the property.
The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel, is located at 333 South 13th Street in Lincoln, Neb. For more information or to reserve accommodations, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.thecornhusker.com.
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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.