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Hilton Cleveland Downtown to Use Thousands of Cuyahoga County Residents’ Snapshots in New Art Mural and are Eligible to Win a Free Weekend Stay When Hotel Opens Next Year
May 22, 2015
The 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown, currently under construction and scheduled to open in June 2016, is asking Cuyahoga County residents to submit snapshots that will be used to create a unique art installation that will be on display at the new hotel when it officially opens next year. The request is simple: snap a picture of yourself in a place that is authentically Cleveland and upload it to http://www.myclevelandphoto.com.
“Our goal is for the faces of the Cuyahoga County community to come together to create a photo-mosaic that will be displayed in the lobby of the hotel,” said Teri Agosta, general manager, Hilton Cleveland Downtown.
Ms. Agosta added that the hotel will give away a free weekend to one lucky person as an added bonus for having participated in the mural/mosaic project. “Use your phone, have fun and get creative,” said Agosta. “This is a great opportunity for Cuyahoga County residents to lend their own personal touch to the creative fabric of our hotel design that will enhance its local art collection.”
The planned photo mosaic art installation is part of a larger effort to weave locals into the fabric of Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Cuyahoga County is working with Kalisher, a nationally renowned hospitality art consulting company based in Carrboro, North Carolina. The task of Kalisher’s Cleveland office is to curate and procure the hotel’s entire art collection, including this art installation made up of local snapshots, and to feature as many custom and commissioned pieces from Cuyahoga County artists as possible. The result? The majority of the hotel art budget will be funneled into the creative community of Cuyahoga County.
“Sourcing art locally is important,” said Jesse Kalisher, founder, president and CEO, Kalisher. “The artists in Cuyahoga County understand the story that needs to be told in the hotel. They live and breathe the city and their experiences permeate their creations. There’s no better way for the new Hilton hotel to celebrate Cleveland than to feature folks from Cuyahoga County both in the art and as the artists behind the creations.”
The photo-mosaic project gives everyone a chance to be represented in the art collection. Photo submission guidelines and contest rules can be found here: http://www.myclevelandphoto.com
Suburban Hotel Provides Linens to Gorillas at Chicago Zoo
May 20, 2015
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is going above and beyond in its effort to give back to the community and help the environment. In addition to local homeless shelters, the multi-faceted west suburban resort recently donated its premium linens to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where the 250-thread count bedding is being used as additional nesting material for the western lowland gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes.
"While we continue to elevate our guest experience at the hotel," said Nathan Karsten, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, "we're committed to operating a sustainable business and supporting the greater good of the whole community."
So far in 2015, Oak Brook Hills has launched two extraordinary new environmentally-friendly initiatives, including an innovative beekeeping program and a Horticultural Gallery. However, the zoo donation may be among its most unique measures to date. The same luxurious linens that Hilton guests used to relax are now being used as nesting material in the western lowland gorilla exhibits at the historic Lincoln Park Zoo. The toddler gorilla females, Patty and Nayembi (shown above), also use the linens for enrichment; playing with the blankets helps keep them stimulated and active. Bahati, the mother of two-month-old gorilla Bella, will use the linens for nesting material for the pair until Bella is less reliant on mother and can make her own nest.
Enjoy Sweet History at The Charmant Hotel Opening Late Summer 2015
May 14, 2015
The Charmant Hotel (101 State Street) announced new details for the late summer 2015 opening of the 67-room, upscale lifestyle property opening alongside the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In collaboration with owner Weber Holdings, Aparium Hotel Group is leading the programming, positioning, and ongoing management of the new hotel project. The $23 million dollar renovation and restoration will transform the historic 19th century building into a locally-curated destination for visitors and locals alike, while paying nod to its original “golden era” charm through deliberate design, food and beverage offerings, and in-room amenities.
The hotel’s name, Charmant, meaning “charming” in French, pays tribute to a premium line of chocolates that were originally produced within the walls of the building, once home to the Joseph B. Funke Candy Company factory in 1898. Construction on the property began in October 2014 with the goal of refurbishing and resurrecting one of the most prominent and historically significant landmarks in the heart of downtown La Crosse.
"This project is particularly special to us, as we’re working to restore a building that holds significant value to the city – both in its history and role in continuous evolution of the community of La Crosse,” says General Manager Sean Castady. “The final result will be a product that combines its vintage roots with a modern twist, becoming one of Wisconsin’s premier hotel and dining destinations.”
The Charmant Hotel hosts five stories comprised of 67 chic guestrooms, including four top-floor suites that provide guests with a wrap-around outdoor balcony featuring views of the Mississippi river and downtown La Crosse. Additionally, the hotel offers approximately 855 square feet of meeting and event space comprised of board and meeting rooms. The ground floor invites hotel visitors and locals alike to enjoy multiple food and beverage offerings including: a market driven restaurant with rustic French influence; cocktail bar and lounge; and coffee and dessert parlour featuring a wood burning fire place. Most notably, the hotel will boast a 1,110 square foot rooftop terrace serving up pizzas from a wood burning oven and a selection of regional craft brews.
The Charmant Hotel is the second hotel managed by Aparium Hotel Group, solidifying expansion throughout new markets, with four new properties scheduled to open throughout 2016. The brand, led by COO Kevin Robinson and CEO Mario Tricoci, is built on the idea of “Translocal Hospitality” – bridging the gap between the traveler and local residents. Having first accomplished this at The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, the Aparium team anticipates continued success at The Charmant Hotel.
“As we move into future ventures and markets, it’s important that we maintain the integrity of our philosophy – identifying soulful communities and making a real connection with their residents, who then become our ambassadors,” says COO and Managing Partner Kevin Robinson. “The Charmant Hotel will most certainly provide an unexpected hospitality experience in La Crosse, created to attract both locals and visitors. Our goal – with this hotel and all of our future properties – is to flip the script and create something much more special than anything that market has seen.”
The Charmant Hotel is taking reservations beginning immediately. To make a reservation, please visit www.thecharmanthotel.com/. The Charmant Hotel can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Mayor James Announces Kansas City Convention Center Hotel Development
May 12, 2015
Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced the development of a $300 million, 800-room convention center hotel near the Kansas City Convention Center.
“Kansas City needs a major downtown convention hotel, and has for several years,” James said. “America has fallen in love with Kansas City and wants to have its conventions and large meetings here. The proposed agreement is the right development at the right location with the right hotel operator, and now is the right time to do it.”
The proposed hotel would be built on property at 16th and Wyandotte streets, directly across from the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom. Hyatt has been selected to be the hotel operator.
The project is a public-private partnership. The city investment of $35 million is fixed, does not originate from the General Fund and will be financed with revenues from existing Convention and Tourism taxes paid predominantly by out-of-town visitors. Taxpayers will not be responsible for any project cost overruns. The balance of the project cost is financed by the new city and county taxes generated by the new hotel’s operations, ballroom catering revenues plus private equity and debt.
While Kansas City has many assets to attract conventioneers, including a convenient midcontinent location, an established convention center with adjoining ballroom and meeting space and appealing, nearby dining, retail and entertainment options, meeting planners say lodging is inadequate for anything other than small-to-medium-size meetings.
“This announcement is a game changer for the KC hospitality industry,” said Ronnie Burt, Visit KC president and CEO. “Over the last 10 years, Kansas City has lost out on hundreds of groups, representing millions of room nights and more than $3 billion in economic impact.”
Construction is slated to begin in early 2016 and be completed in 2018. For more information about Kansas City’s proposed convention center hotel or to see renderings of the project, visit www.HereToStayKC.com.
Read the full release at VisitKC.com.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Attains LEED® Gold Certification
May 6, 2015
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced its hotel has attained LEED® Gold certification, making it the first casino hotel in Wisconsin to attain the green building honor. PHC placed a priority on sustainability efforts for this project from groundbreaking through the entire building process. Our goal was to become one of the premier sustainable developments in Milwaukee.
“While obtaining LEED Gold certification is a significant achievement, the effort to obtain this certification was not about recognition,” said Mike Goodrich, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino General Manager. “Our goal was to advance sustainable business practices, which has been a long-standing tradition of the Forest County Potawatomi and a key focus at PHC for years.”
With the help of the property’s design firm Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., the general contractor Gilbane Construction Co., and the engineering firm exp U.S. Services Inc., many steps were taken to ensure the property would achieve LEED® designation.
The hotel, which opened in the summer of 2014, features 381 rooms, the property’s newest restaurant, Locavore; a lobby bar and lounge; a coffee bar featuring Stone Creek Coffee; more than 12,000 square feet in new meeting space and refined furniture and fixtures throughout.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is committed to green initiatives. Through strategic innovation and design, the property will continue to be a leading sustainable development in the community.
Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar To Open Late May
May 5, 2015
In an area long known as a timeless retreat and within a resort setting affording magnificent waterfront views comes Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar. Located at The Inn at Bay Harbor, an award-winning member of Marriott International’s collection of Renaissance Hotels, Vintage is welcoming and rich in history, embodying the charm of the classic all-American steakhouse, and complemented by elements of an upscale lounge. The restaurant is set to open in late May.
Reflecting the elegance and glory of a bygone era, and accented with modern subtleties, Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar offers lakeside dining at its finest. Higher standards and excellence in service rank tops among the venue’s many distinctive assets which are sure to set it apart from the array of worthy stops on the Petoskey area’s thriving food, craft brewing, and wine trails. With unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, patio seating redefines the dining experience at Vintage, where only the famed “Million Dollar Sunsets” rival the polished interior.
The transformation of an abandoned shale quarry into the shoreline splendor known as Bay Harbor is symbolic to Vintage’s creative menu where classically simple offerings are exquisitely prepared. Executive Chef Barbie Papi’s creations feature modern interpretations of traditional cuts and ‘chops’ resulting in unique tastes and innovative presentations, with distinctive northern Michigan flair.
Gracious hospitality has long been a hallmark of The Inn and paired with the ‘shaken, not stirred’ swagger of its beverage program—consisting of martinis, classic cocktails, and intriguing wine labels, Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar offers boundless reason for it to quickly earn status as a favorite destination for social and relaxing gatherings. Ports and hand-crafted desserts are encouraged extravagances and a fitting way to round off the Vintage experience.
“We are fortunate to have a passionate crew of designers and carpenters hard at work on this exciting new dining destination,” says Ami Klykken, director of operations for The Inn at Bay Harbor. “Vintage is stylish and so are our local foodies and resort patrons. It’s a sure fit.”
Additional news of the restaurant’s food and beverage offerings, concept, décor, and management team will be released in the coming weeks.
Lodge of Four Seasons Renovates Historic 50-Foot Drop Indoor Waterfall
May 4, 2015
Rob Cline, landscape manager at The Lodge of The Four Seasons and his crew recently completed the renovation of the tallest indoor waterfall at the Lake of the Ozarks located in the atrium of the main Lodge building.
Cline said, “ The longstanding waterfall has been a key element to the buildings interior and renovation."
The plants used in the renovation, selected to embrace a more mid-western and natural landscape feel native of Missouri, will not go dormant in the winter months. The concept known as an arborville effect was designed to bring the outdoor woodsy feeling inside the building.
The plants included: Ficus, Norfolk Island Pine, Boston Ferns, Creeping Fig, Chinese Evergreens, an Umbrella Tree, Snake Plants, Hostas and English Ivy. “These varieties will combine to give the area an array of dark, light, blue green, and reddish colors,” concluded Cline.
The renovation using Peat Moss along with 20,000 pounds of topsoil was necessary to complete the plantings.
In addition, a completely new irrigation system was installed along with numerous grow lights which will come on automatically during early morning hours to ensure the growth of vegetation.
The waterfall was completely rebuilt with 187,000 pounds of weathered native stone and small rock, all installed by hand, one bucket at a time.
Koi fish will be added to the upper and lower pools of water in the falls.
The Lodge of Four Seasons, currently under a multi-million dollar renovation scheduled for completion Fall of 2015, offers 358 rooms and over 60,000 square feet of meeting space. Amenities include the Midwest’s best 36 holes of golf, a full service marina, four swimming pools and five diverse restaurants. The Lodge is also the home of the nationally recognized Spa Shiki.