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Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel Debuts in Historic Bartlett Building
Renaissance Hotels is thrilled to welcome its newest gem to the portfolio with the opening of the new Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown, located in the city’s historic Bartlett Building. Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within Marriott International’s global portfolio of 18 brands. With its proud motto of “Live Life to Discover®,” Renaissance Hotels offers today’s lifestyle business traveler a unique guest experience woven through design, service and unique programming.
Built in 1901 and designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, the 18-story Bartlett Building was Cincinnati’s tallest for 12 years and the tallest building in Ohio for three years. Also known as the Union Trust Building, the structure is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It had been vacant since 2010.
“Renaissance Hotels is known for embracing the spirit of each destination through design, service and unique amenities, making our new hotel a great destination for travelers visiting Cincinnati,” said Keoni Christensen, general manager of Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown. “We want to create an experience that invites our guests to discover the very best of Cincinnati, from its vibrant arts scene to the best in local entertainment and culinary adventures.”
After a $50 million renovation, The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown now features 323 hotel rooms including 40 executive suites complemented by upscale amenities, contemporary styling and stunning views of downtown. The hotel property was completely renovated from a historic office building to a full-service hotel with oversized rooms.
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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Expands Midwest Portfolio, Adding New Members In Chicago Area & Minneapolis
The Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel has been added into Associated Luxury Hotels International’s exclusive Four- and Five-Diamond quality portfolio, along with Loews Minneapolis Hotel as its only Member in Minnesota. The ALHI Global Sales Organization now represents the two luxury hotels to the meetings marketplace, providing support, expertise, and professional sales service to business executives, meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings, conventions, or incentive programs at the hotels.
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, conveniently located a five-minute complimentary shuttle ride from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, offers 556 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and over 53,000 square feet of meeting space. Formerly known as the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel before its acquisition by Loews Hotels & Resorts in July 2014, the hotel is across the street from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and is adjacent to the newly opened Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Also, it is only a couple of blocks from the Rosemont Entertainment district, and just minutes from MB Financial Park and its vibrant mix of shopping and dining. The hotel’s stylish and versatile meeting space, which includes four grand ballrooms and nine private boardrooms, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as LCD and digital projectors and Wi-Fi. In addition, private meeting and dining spaces also are available in the restaurants.
Loews Minneapolis Hotel, which is ALHI’s only Member hotel in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” features a prime location at the center of the business, theater, and entertainment districts in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Conveniently located directly across the street from the Target Center and connected via the Skyway to some of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies, the 251-room hotel was formerly known as Graves 601 Hotel Wyndham Grand before its acquisition by Loews Hotels & Resorts in July 2014. Known for its luxurious and chic facilities, the hotel features over 12,000 square feet of contemporary meeting and event space, which includes a spectacular ballroom with two glass-art walls. There are also additional meeting rooms, and 3,500 square feet of pre-function space. Area offerings include many beautiful lakes and parks, exceptional museums, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and acclaimed theaters. The hotel is just 20 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
“Loews Hotels & Resorts are on the move. We are privileged to now serve the Loews Chicago O’Hare and Loews Minneapolis Hotel as very welcomed, and exceptional, additions to our ALHI global portfolio,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “The market’s demand for the Chicago area continues to grow, as Chicago is an extremely popular destination for meetings, conventions and programs. The Loews Chicago O’Hare’s prime location, outstanding meeting facilities, and value are very appealing to groups. Minneapolis is a thriving city, with so much to offer groups, including incredible and picturesque outdoor venues. The Loews Minneapolis Hotel is a true gem and a great acquisition in a fabulous city for Loews. We’re very proud to present these very fine hotels to the North American meetings marketplace.”
ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities” or the new ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.
Hyatt The Loop Chicago to Open in February 2015
Hyatt The Loop Chicago, located in the heart of the city’s financial district at 100 West Monroe, is on track to open its doors to the public in February 2015. The hotel, which is currently undergoing a transformative renovation from a historic office building, will showcase elements of the area’s rich cultural and architectural past while offering guests a full range of modern amenities.
When renovations are completed on the 22-story building, designed in 1927 by architect Frank Chase, it will feature 257 contemporary guest rooms, 2,540 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, a new signature French restaurant: Cochon Volant Market, Bakery, Brasserie and Bar, and a rooftop bar—all while maintaining the integrity of the building’s historic roots.
“As the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, Chicago’s Loop has long been one of the world’s most dynamic and distinctive urban neighborhoods,” said Karen McGuigan, general manager, Hyatt The Loop Chicago. “This historical context has played a significant role in the development of the hotel and will remain an inspiration for its future. We are even keeping the cow path—used by the original landowner when the area was pastureland instead of skyscrapers—right next to the front entrance of the hotel.”
The new hotel’s central location will encourage exploration of some of the best restaurants, shopping and cultural landmarks the city has to offer, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Museum of Science and Industry.
Hyatt The Loop Chicago is owned by Integrated Clark Monroe, LLC, and operated by Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.
The new hotel will join five Hyatt-branded hotels in downtown Chicago, including Park Hyatt Chicago, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, and Hyatt Place Chicago/River North.
Hyatt hotels are smaller-sized properties conveniently located in diverse business and leisure areas. With hotels typically ranging from 150 to 350 rooms, Hyatt hotels offer guests the opportunity to experience our hospitality in a vibrant environment. Customers include individual business and leisure travelers, and Hyatt hotels can accommodate smaller scale business meetings and social gatherings.
About Integrated Clark Monroe, LLC
Integrated Clark Monroe, LLC, the owner of Hyatt The Loop Chicago, is an affiliate of Chicago-based Murphy Capital Management, LLC, (MCM), a multi-service real estate company. Formed by John T. Murphy, MCM and its affiliates, including Murphy Development Corporation (MDC), focus on the development, acquisition and redevelopment of strategic hotel, office, condominium, apartment and retail assets in Chicago, Ohio and Florida.
Historic St. Louis, MO Mayfair Hotel Reopens as Magnolia Hotel Completing Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
The historic Mayfair Hotel reopened its doors on August 13th as the Magnolia Hotel. The property closed in late 2013 for a multi-million dollar renovation and reopened as a boutique property designed to meet the needs and desires of today's traveler. More than 100 people attended the opening celebration, which featured local dignitaries such as Executive Director of the St. Louis Development Corporation Otis Williams, Alderwoman Phyllis Young and President of the Explore St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission Kathleen "Kitty" Ratcliffe.
A magnolia garland was strung between a 1925 Ford Model T representing the year the hotel originally opened and a Tesla, the house car for the new hotel. The St. Louis Cardinals' Fredbird helped open the property by sitting in the Model T as it pulled away and broke the garland, signifying the opening of the hotel. Fredbird then led guests into the new property and was the official first check-in of the Magnolia Hotel.
A historic St. Louis landmark, the Mayfair Hotel was purchased by Stout Street Hospitality, which incorporated it under their Magnolia brand. Stout Street Hospitality preserved the property's historic character and features, while integrating boutique elements and design. The Mayfair, in its heyday, welcomed the likes of Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Irving Berlin, and John Barrymore, as well as Presidents Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson. This era of glamour and majesty was an inspiration behind the look and feel of today's Magnolia.
Having been named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the hotel remains modern and elegant with contemporary amenities and extreme attention to detail. Stout Street Hospitality, the company behind the Magnolia brand, has spent decades perfecting the boutique experience, a feat that today's larger resorts are now striving to incorporate.
Situated in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the 182-room Magnolia is within walking distance of numerous attractions. A true boutique property, amenities are all about detail and were put in place to make every guest feel important. They include complimentary breakfast, an evening beer and wine reception, and downtown town car transportation, as well as the customary chocolate on the pillow - a tradition inspired and essentially established by Grant, who while a guest of the Mayfair, left a trail of chocolates leading his paramour to his suite.
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Potawatomi Unveils 381-Room, 19-Story Hotel
Amenity Brings Property to the Forefront of Regional Entertainment
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, for more than two decades a staple of Milwaukee entertainment, will bring its property to the forefront of casino hospitality on a regional and national level with the opening of its 381-room, 19-story hotel. The hotel was unveiled the week of Aug. 4-8 for members of the media, as well as Milwaukee-area business and community leaders. It will open to the general public Monday, Aug. 18.
A new jewel in the Menomonee Valley
The hotel serves as a new icon in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. It features 381 rooms, the property’s newest restaurant, Locavore; a lobby bar and lounge; a coffee barfeaturing local brewer Stone Creek Coffee; more than 12,000 square feet in new meeting space and refined furniture and fixtures throughout.
Upon arrival, guests will pull up to the hotel under the expansive porte cochere – which covers a heated walkway underneath. They will enter the hotel’s lobby and be greeted with a nod to Mother Nature. Pillars throughout the space replicate large trees and large leaf canopies. Far above the lobby a complex lighting system, featuring about 3,200 LED nodes, can create different patterns, movement and shows from the ceiling. The Color Kinetic System can produce about 16.1 million different colors and provide custom light for any time of day, time of year or special occasion. It can simulate sun breaking through trees, thunderstorms, raging fires and more. Lighting in the hotel’s elevator bays on the first and third floors can also be programmed to set a variety of moods.
“These lighting systems help bring the energy and excitement felt on the gaming floor into the adjacent hotel,” said Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Hotel Director Hassan Abdel-Moneim. “Intriguing and unique lighting design is a theme guests will experience in various locations of the hotel.”
After experiencing the lobby, guests will make their way to one of our standard rooms or suites. All standard rooms are equipped with an energy-saving intelligent thermostat, a flat-screen television, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Suites are outfitted with plush living and dining areas, a large master bedroom and bathroom, and access to a connected standard bedroom. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel property.
One presidential suite, taking up a large portion of the hotel’s 19th floor, boasts one-of-a-kind views of the Milwaukee skyline. At $4,000 per night, it is the city’s largest and most expensive hotel suite with about 3,000 square feet, which includes an 800 square-foot patio overlooking the city. The room includes a spacious living area, floor-to-ceiling windows, a huge master bedroom with fireplace and a 60-inch television mounted above. A spa-like master bathroom includes a Jacuzzi. All furnishings and flooring were custom made for the one-of-a-kind space. Guests will be welcomed to their luxurious suite with a bottle of Dom Perignon. Chocolate truffles, made fresh in the property’s pastry shop, will be served upon turndown. Unlimited limo service and a private chauffeur will be available during the course of their stay.
A warm welcome for new visitors
The hotel will allow the property to extend its outreach to potential guests outside of the Milwaukee area, including Chicago – the third largest gaming market in the country.
“Adding a hotel to this property will allow us to show our brand of exciting entertainment to a much wider audience,” said Mike Goodrich, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino General Manager. “With the addition of lodging, our property will now be at the forefront of destination casinos. It will also serve as another reason for people to visit the Milwaukee area.”
The property also places a premium on the guest service it delivers.
“Our first goal is to provide our guests with the absolute best experiences we can deliver,” said Abdel-Moneim. “We want to meet and exceed the expectations for service our guests have during their stay. We want to set the standard, not only in the Milwaukee market, but the tribal hospitality industry.”
The hotel is smoke-free and green, including a number of environmentally friendly features integrated into the hotel’s design. These include the use of recycled products and materials during construction, the incorporation of energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing design strategies, an innovative storm water management system, the use of native plant species in the landscape design and other measures to aid the environment and control long-term costs. The hotel has applied for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) status.
“Implementing green measures in the design and construction of the hotel was an integral focus of the tribe,” said Goodrich. “This priority on sustainability stems from the tribe’s traditional belief in honoring all living things. They have stood steadfastly by this tenet since developing the property more than two decades ago. “
The hotel is expected to attract a significant number of new visitors to the Milwaukee market.
“Potawatomi Hotel & Casino continues its track record of playing a vital role in the region’s tourism picture,” said Paul Upchurch, VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO. “For nearly a quarter century, the tribe has shown incredible dedication to the region with hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, and, in doing so, helping to create a new entertainment and visitor corridor in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.”
Nearly 250 permanent jobs have been created to staff the hotel. Additionally, hundreds of additional jobs are expected to be created by other local businesses that will benefit from visitor, supplier and employee spending.
The hotel features two walkways, one of the first floor and one on the third floor, that provide direct access to all of the entertainment and dining options in the casino. This includes nearly 3,000 slot machines, 100 table games, a 1,350-seat bingo hall, six additional restaurants and multiple entertainment options, including the one-of-a-kind, 500-seat Northern Lights Theater.
Construction and design partners on the project include owner’s representative, Greenfire Management; general contractor, Gilbane Building Co.; architect Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.; project consultant, Innovation Project Development; and financing through U.S. Bank, National Association.
Since opening as a 2,000 seat bingo hall in 1991, Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s success can be seen in its tremendous growth. In 2000, the first phase of Casino expansion was completed with the introduction of 800 additional slot machines, 25 blackjack tables, full-service dining venues and a 500-seat theater. In 2008, the Casino saw its most ambitious expansion project come to fruition, tripling its size and offering many new amenities and gaming options to its more than 6 million annual guests. During this same period, Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley has been revitalized, becoming a model for business development, entertainment and recreation.
Reservations are being accepted at http://www.paysbig.com.
About Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Set in the heart of Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is Wisconsin’s premier entertainment destination, offering guests the best in gaming, dining and entertainment. The property features six award-winning restaurants, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 sq. feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel will open in August 2014. To discover more, visit www.paysbig.com.
Historic Davenport hotel “defines the unique guest experience”
Hotel Blackhawk management is pleased to announce that it has officially taken its place in the progressive Autograph Collection hotel network.
The Autograph Collection® (www.autographhotels.com), launched by Marriott in 2010 is, “an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.” Hotels are listed in different categories such as Artistic Getaways, Historic Explorations, Culinary Delight, Urban Excitement and Wedding Celebration. This new affiliation will also enable Hotel Blackhawk to offer and accept Marriott Rewards®.
Joining a network of properties that promotes individuality is another important step for Hotel Blackhawk’s role in gaining attention for the City of Davenport, Iowa, and the Quad Cities. This effort has been highlighted with notable achievements such as its recent status as a 2013 Recommended Property in the Forbes Travel Guide, 2012 AAA Four Diamond Award-Lodgings, 2012 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award, the Bix Bistro’s 2012 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, as well as 2011 and 2012 Smart Meetings Platinum Choice Award recognition.
“One-of-a-kind hotels in the Autograph Collection serve the discerning tastes of those looking for travel accommodations beyond the ordinary, predictable routine of hotel chains,” said General Manager Tim Heim. “Hotel Blackhawk represents the type of singular, high-personality hotel that doesn’t just offer guests a unique experience – but actually defines it.”
Hotel Blackhawk re-opened in December 2010. The hotel retains its 98-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms, and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.
For more information, visit www.hotelblackhawk.com or find us on www.facebook.com (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).
Located on the Mississippi River in the Midwest, the Quad Cities is comprised of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Illinois; and surrounding communities.
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