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Le Méridien Indianapolis Officially Unveils $13 Million Transformation December 4
The 160-seat restaurant Spoke & Steele features sophisticated “American Fare”, with menus focusing on domestic meats and aquatic delights as well as locally sourced and sustainable produce. The craft cocktail program will offer artisan spirits, straight from the cask, and unique beer and wine on tap. Spoke & Steele will also introduce a custom cocktail club, allowing members to enjoy a rotating house made cocktail in their own personalized bottle. The custom-branded bottles will be refilled monthly with a seasonal and fresh libation. The Bar will display the bottles as the centerpiece of the room, offering one of the most unique cocktail programs in the world.
As the ultimate social gathering place in downtown Indianapolis, Spoke & Steele will feature the Steve McQueen-inspired private drinking room and a separate, elegantly designed private dining room. In addition to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Spoke & Steele will also offer traditional coffee drinks by Illy and Le Méridien signature Eclairs at Latitude Bar throughout the day.
For more information or to book, please visit www.lemeridienindianapolis.com.
The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Receives Accolades from Condé Nast Traveler and Fodor’s
The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel is a favorite destination for travelers to Chicago and as a testament to this; the property continues to receive honors from both travelers and media. The Blackstone ranked as the seventh best hotel in Chicago on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Poll and the editors of Fodor’s Travel named the lobby one of the “10 Most Breathtaking Hotel Lobbies in the U.S.”
“At Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, our associates are dedicated to delivering the best possible guest experience in a unique, historic setting with contemporary style,” said Kim Corrigan, General Manager of Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel. “We are thrilled that our focus on the guest experience and outstanding design has resulted in honors from Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and Fodor’s editors.”
Established in 1989, The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are based on a poll of 77,000 readers ranking their favorite cities, islands, hotels, resorts, and cruiselines in the world. Condé Nast Traveler’s readers are experienced, discerning, frequent travelers who have visited destinations around the world.
The Top 10 editor picks of Fodor’s are a popular feature among readers. Fodor’s Travel aims to help readers unleash the possibilities of travel by providing the insights and tools they need to experience the trips they want.
In 2014 The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago was also named to Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels Worldwide List and as one of the best hotels in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report.
Downtown Lincoln Association Honors The Marcus Corporation with its Business Leadership Award
The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) today announced The Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) in Lincoln, Neb. honored the company with its Business Leadership Award as part of its annual Impact Awards program. This prestigious award recognizes The Marcus Corporation for its commitment to the city of Lincoln through its recent investments in the Lincoln Grand Cinema and The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel over the past year. DLA’s Impact Awards recognize businesses or individuals that have made a significant contribution to downtown Lincoln.
“We have received a very warm welcome from the Lincoln community, first for our theatre and most recently for our investment in The Cornhusker. We are honored to receive this recognition from the Downtown Lincoln Association. Lincoln is an energetic and vibrant community to be a part of and we look forward to participating in its continued growth and success,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.
“Working with the team at The Marcus Corporation has been a breath of fresh air for the business climate in Lincoln. Because of their ongoing commitment to the vitality of our downtown, we have experienced a resurgence and vibrancy in our community. The company’s leadership and vision has helped us get to the next level both as a travel destination and a place to live, and on behalf of the Lincoln business community we want to recognize The Marcus Corporation for their investments in our city and future,” said Jeff Maul, executive director of the Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Read the full release here.
For more information on The Downtown Lincoln Association’s Impact Awards, click here.
For more information on the Cornhusker Hotel revitalization, click here.
For more information on the Lincoln Grand renovations, click here.
Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame Receives AAA Four Diamond Award for Second Consecutive Year
Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that it is a proud recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for the second consecutive year. Known for its rich history, Morris Inn is the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in northern Indiana and one of only 10 in the state.
Located on the picturesque University of Notre Dame campus, the Morris Inn welcomes guests with a tradition of hospitality and premier service. The 150-room property underwent a $30 million renovation and expansion in 2013 to offer guests a more modern stay with a focus on the spirit and tradition of Notre Dame. In turn, the leisure and business focused hotel continues to meet and exceed guest expectations.
“We’re honored to receive this distinction once again as we continuously strive to provide an unforgettable experience for our new and returning guests, while supporting the academic mission of the University,” said Morris Inn Director Joe Kurth. “The AAA Four Diamond Award acknowledges our efforts and high quality service, and reconfirms our position as one of the top properties north of Indianapolis. Additionally, the prestigious rating is a testament to our welcoming and attentive staff who provide first-rate assistance to our guests on a daily basis.”
In a rigorous evaluation, AAA inspects and rates more than 59,000 hotels and restaurants to honor those that deliver premier service and a positive guest experience. To qualify as a AAA Four Diamond hotel, the following are all taken into consideration: hotel’s cleanliness and condition; management and staff; exterior, grounds, and public areas; guestroom décor, ambiance and amenities; bathrooms; and guest services. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. More information on the AAA Rating program can be found at Newsroom.AAA.com/Diamond-Ratings.
Morris Inn is located at 130 Notre Dame Ave in Notre Dame, Ind. and offers “A Higher Degree of Hospitality.” More information and updates on the hotel can be found online at MorrisInn.nd.edu or on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheMorrisInn.
Boyne Mountain Resort Announces Plans to Build Sports Complex
Boyne Mountain Resort announced plans for a new sports complex, which will be located on land across from the resort’s M-75 entrance. The property, nearly 200 acres, was acquired in 2012. The complex is expected to offer six grass fields for sporting events and open in summer 2016.
Earlier this summer, Boyne Mountain built a single field on resort property serving as the home turf for Petoskey Lacrosse. The resort plans to add two additional fields as early as spring 2015 to cater to events and tournaments while the sports complex is being constructed. The two phases of development will create up to nine individual fields.
The innovative move of combining quality fields with luxury lodging and resort amenities will make athletic events at Boyne Mountain unique from any other sports complex in the Midwest.
Plans are for teams throughout the Midwest to use the complex for training grounds and competitions. Initially, the complex will cater primarily to lacrosse events, but long-term plans are to add events for soccer and other field sports.
“Our new complex brings an emerging market that will revolutionize our summer business, as well as have a significant economic impact on the region,” said Ed Grice, Boyne Mountain Resort’s president and general manager.
Initial construction has begun on the sports complex site with only limited earthwork and leveling needed and the fields will be irrigated and seeded in the spring.
“The land is ideally suited for these fields,” Grice adds. “The plot was previously farmland and the slope drops only three inches from the front of the property to the back, with substantial expansion capacity for future growth.”
The complex will also offer restroom facilities and food and beverage concessions.
Read the full release here.
Ohiya Casino Resort Develops Tatanka in Nebraska
Golf course designer Paul Albanese has designed and is developing the new Tatanka Golf Club, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Seeding of the course was recently completed.
“This is easily one of the nicest pieces of property I have ever been involved with, and it has been incredibly interesting,” Albanese said regarding the land that features bold movements of rolling hills and ridges with views that stretch for more than 30-40 miles.
Ron Whitten, architecture editor for Golf Digest, described it as; “Nebraska’s Sandhills with trees,” as he included it among a group of sneak peaks in his listing of Best New Courses in 2014.
During the construction, Albanese researched the history and culture of the Sioux Nation in order to incorporate cultural stories into the design. With each creation of a fairway, green and bunker his team would discuss ideas presented by the Sioux Nation.
“We took the history and the culture of the area and the Sioux Nation, and used it as a design inspiration in a subtle and respectful way.”
“We looked at the land forms and designed something that might reflect local stories. For instance, how a certain mountain looked and got its name would be the kind of thing we tried to incorporate. I remember a story about a medicine woman we used as inspiration.”
The resort decided upon a golf course as part of an expansion to give visitors a reason to stay longer. Albanese expects there will be an economic impact on the area in jobs and increased tourism.
“This is a template used by other Native American tribes with casinos,” Albanese said. “They use the golf to create a destination resort, more of a weekend trip instead of a simple visit to the casino. Take a break from gaming, and play golf, that kind of thing.”
Ohiya Casino Resort was the first casino in Nebraska, and was developed almost 17 years ago. It continues to be an ideal entertainment destination for those seeking excitement across the upper Midwest in northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota, southeast South Dakota, and northwest Iowa.
It is located just a few minutes east of Niobrara, NE, and it offers a modern casino with high payouts, bingo, multiple dining options, comfortable hotel rooms, events and entertainment, and now world-class and inspired golf, too. Tatanka will soon stand for great golf as well.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in Chicagoland with Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the official opening of Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, formerly Oak Brook Hills Resort, conveniently located just west of downtown Chicago. Nestled in the upscale suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., the peaceful, 150-acre estate is home to Audubon certified 18-hole championship Willow Crest Golf Course and other premier amenities making the resort an ideal destination for getaways, golf trips, family vacations, weddings and business events. Situated just 30 minutes outside of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is a multi-faceted retreat for leisure and business travelers alike.
“As Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to meet the needs of today’s business and leisure travelers, we are proud to welcome Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center to our portfolio of more than 550 hotels worldwide,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “With a championship golf course and tented pavilion for business events, to our pet-friendly accommodations and casual eateries for families, we look forward to setting the stage for our guests to create memorable experiences while visiting this leading Midwest destination.”
Featuring 36 meeting venues throughout more than 42,500 sq. ft. of exhibition space, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center offers all the amenities of a resort while providing convenience for business conference needs. From a tiered amphitheater seating 145 attendees to a 13,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom holding 1,500 guests, the property is an ideal venue for small and large business meetings, conferences, weddings, retreats, banquets and other social events. The highly trained Team Members at this International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) certified meeting center provide onsite support for the state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, as well as full-service catering customized through the assortment of Food & Beverage packages.
“We are excited to join the Hilton Worldwide portfolio and extend the brand’s world-renowned hospitality. Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is designed to provide premier accommodations for corporate travelers looking for business-friendly amenities as well as families and leisure travelers looking for a little extra space right outside of Chicago,” said Stefan Mühle, General Manager, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. “Whether our guests are planning large conferences or escaping to a tranquil resort, we look forward to providing exceptional experiences with our state-of-the-art facilities.”
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center will participate in Hilton HHonors, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide.
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