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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.
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Completes Guest & Meeting Room Renovation
The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center announced the completion of a massive, one-year renovation project that has handsomely transformed 1,298 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space with an investment of $30 million.
One of the tallest hotels in the western hemisphere, the Detroit Marriot’s mammoth makeover began in January 2014 with guest room renovations that were completed in November 2014. Remodeling of meeting room space, two-level concierge lounge, and its 52 suites began in May 2014 and concluded in December 2014.
“The Detroit Marriott is one of city’s crown jewels and with this $30 million investment it now it shines like one too!” said Shonda Johnson, Area General Manager of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. “We are so very proud to unveil our modernized, beautiful new look and look forward to welcoming the community as well as visitors from around the world to our Michigan landmark property.”
The 70-floor hotel remained open throughout the project; only a few floors of guest rooms underwent reconstruction at a time, and meeting space remodeling was done in phases to enable group functions to continue without disruption.
GUEST ROOM & MEETING SPACE RENOVATIONS
Given Marriott’s commitment to Detroit, the corporate design team created a one-of-a-kind look specifically for the guest rooms of the Detroit Marriott. The designers immersed themselves in the fabric of the region and Detroit to incorporate the city’s vibe and personality into the new, comfortably modern décor theme. The color palate is neutrals and greys with teal accents, providing the perfect backdrop to stunning photography of Detroit architectural landmarks that adorn the walls.
As part of the guest room renovation, the hotel’s 52 deluxe suites on floors 62 – 70 have all been beautifully redesigned to further enhance their flexibility. Many suites now have dedicated space for hosting small events, conducting executive board meetings or casually entertaining guests. The Presidential Suite on the 70th floor features a stunning new contemporary design with hard wood floors, a separate living room and dining area, three bathrooms and, of course, the best views in the city!
The meeting space at the Detroit Marriot spans three floors with 34 separate rooms and the renovations enhanced functionality as well as aesthetics. Similar to the décor of the new guest rooms, the hotel’s meeting areas have a contemporary, relaxed feel. 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 gold combine for a soft yet striking new color palate. Textured wall vinyl on large pillars resemble ripples of cool water while polished wood paneling adds warmth to the space.
Perhaps most importantly, the public areas outside the meeting rooms were totally rethought to allow for the addition of pre-function space for small group gatherings. All-new flexible seating areas and workspaces have organically-shaped and ultra-contemporary furnishings. An overhead canopy helps to define separate areas of congregation and lighted wall panels feature a stylized skyline of Detroit and the Ambassador Bridge. Another decorative focal point of the new pre-function space is an enormous glass light fixture outside the Ambassador Ballroom that is a stunning work of art in itself resembling droplets of water suspended from the ceiling.
The Detroit Marriott also completely refurbished its two-level concierge lounge located on the 56th & 57th floors. Available to elite members of Marriott Rewards and visitors staying in concierge guest rooms, the concierge lounge offers a place to socialize and enjoy refreshments. The space has been 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 adorns the space that offers a breathtaking view of the city. Additionally, the bi-level space was reconfigured for better traffic flow and lighting.
Hotel visitors might also notice the new look of the Starbucks cafe, which resides in the same location on level one of the hotel. This favorite spot for a cup of java and a scone now features a cool, slick décor, compliments of the Detroit Marriott
NEW TECH INNOVATIONS & AMENITIES
As part of the overall brand transformation, Detroit Marriott guests will enjoy new technological innovations and amenities, including free Internet access for Marriott Rewards members who book directly on Marriott.com, luxurious 12” King mattresses, plus updated bedding and linens.
High-tech innovations include the installation of touchscreen electronic reader boards located in the main lobby, by Starbucks, in the first floor Motor Lobby, and also near the meeting room space on all three levels. These tall, interactive touchscreen monitors provide details about events in the hotel, as well as conveniences and attractions in the Renaissance Center and Detroit. They are also equipped with way-finding capability within the Renaissance Center complex. Digital meeting signs are also now available and can be customized for in-house groups.
For music lovers, the Presidential, Governor’s and Chairman’s Suites are equipped with Bluetooth technology to sync with a guest’s mobile device and deliver music through speakers mounted in the bed.
Additionally, in recognition of an increasing number of guests who need to stay “charged” at all times, the Detroit Marriott is one of 29 Marriott Hotels in a pilot program to provide Kube Systems’ portable charging stations in Greatroom lobbies. Mobile guests can now more conveniently charge their power-hungry iPhones, Android devices, iPads and more, using Kube Systems’ Qi technology – the global standard in wireless charging. The concept was sparked by real travelers’ submissions on TravelBrilliantly.com, Marriott Hotels’ co-creation platform to engage guests and solicit user-generated ideas.
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. The iconic brand is reasserting its position as an industry innovator through a multi-year global marketing campaign call “Travel Brilliantly” to amplify its dedication to leading the future of travel.
Stambaugh Building in Youngstown, OH to Become a DoubleTree; Marshall Hotels & Resorts to Operate
Brandon Klein | Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio
Light can be seen at the end of the tunnel for the Stambaugh Hotel Project after the announcement that Marshall Hotels and Resorts Inc. will operate a DoubleTree Hotel at the site beginning in June 2016.
That announcement was made by the NYO Property Group during a downtown development meeting hosted by Dominic J. Marchionda, managing member, on Wednesday.
The project makes this "a very exciting time" for Youngstown, Marchionda said.
It will be the first hotel in downtown Youngstown since the closing of the Voyager Motor Inn in 1974.
The current Stambaugh Building, 44 E. Federal St. will be converted to a 120-bed hotel that will include a restaurant and a banquet facility.
Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, said having a hotel in downtown would help the Chamber's work to attract businesses. Many of them in the past inquired about lodging in downtown because they want to experience the city's high traffic area, she said.
"It's a place downtown for them to stay and enjoy the nightlife," she said. "Everything is in walking distance."
The 16- to 18-month project will break ground in 2015.
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