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Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal Celebrates Official Opening
August 28, 2015
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal, the first Hyatt Place in Normal, Illinois, is officially open. The hotel brings the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings, to the bustling Bloomington-Normal area.
Located on Broadway Avenue, Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal is centrally positioned in vibrant Uptown Normal. The hotel is adjacent to Uptown Station’s various public transportation services, enabling an ease of access in and around central Illinois. Nearby attractions include the Illinois State University (ISU) art gallery, the historic Normal Theater, an array of specialty boutiques, a buzzing restaurant and nightlife scene, and the always fun Children’s Discovery Museum. Additionally, Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal will greatly expand business travel options for visitors to Country Financial, State Farm Insurance and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.
“The Hyatt Place brand was designed for a lifestyle, not a demographic, and as a result, we are confident that everyone from business travelers to students will appreciate the open, intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food and beverage availability,” said Rodney Brittain, General Manager.
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“We are looking forward to creating an incredible guest experience and being involved in the Bloomington-Normal community,” said Ed Doherty, President of The Bricton Group.
More information on the hotel can be found at www.hyattplacenormal.com or by calling 309-454-9288.
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North Central Group Breaks Ground on the AC Hotel Madison, the First Marriott Brand Property in Downtown Madison
August 27, 2015
North Central Group (“NCG”) of Middleton, WI, a prominent Midwest owner, developer and operator of hotels, announced yesterday that the company broke ground on the AC Hotel Madison at 1 N. Webster St., downtown Madison’s first Marriott brand property and one of the first 25 AC Hotels by Marriott properties opening in the United States.
The August 26th groundbreaking celebration marks two years of planning and approvals for the site located one block off the Capitol Square. Founder and Chairman of NCG, Dave Lenz, said “This will be one of the largest and most substantial hotels in the 35-year history of our company and it was important for us to build it at home in Downtown Madison.”
The ten-story AC Hotel Madison set to open in late 2016 will provide 164 much-needed guest rooms to the downtown Madison market. The hotel will offer valet parking, a fitness center, coffee and espresso bar, ninth floor terrace and lounge, and flexible meeting space for business, social or family events. The tenth floor will also feature a rooftop bar/restaurant offering hotel guests and local diners spectacular views of Lake Mendota and Monona as well as the State Capitol building and will serve signature cocktails, specialty wines, craft beers and an exciting menu of European and locally influenced small plate cuisine. The contemporary styling of the AC Hotel brand brings an exciting, design-focused feel with modern architecture and active public spaces to create a unique property that is an inviting entry to the city.
The marquee location of the AC Hotel Madison serves as the gateway to the city’s vibrant downtown full of restaurants, bars, live music and performance venues, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, museums, University of Wisconsin campus and State Street, the city’s mile-long local shopping/entertainment district.
The design and architecture of the AC Hotel Madison is by Gary Brink & Associates of Middleton, WI. Gary Brink & Associates was able to successfully blend NCG’s vision, Marriott’s brand requirements, and the City of Madison’s entitlement process to create a truly exceptional design. Construction of the hotel is by Kraemer Brothers, LLC, a 67-year-old company with Wisconsin roots. The company has an impressive portfolio of hospitality projects, including many large-scale resorts as well as several luxury hotels throughout the state.
“We believe this urban, design-oriented hotel will provide a competitive edge in the downtown Madison market. The combination of our management expertise, the power of the Marriott brand, and the distinctiveness of the AC Hotel concept will all lead to an unparalleled guest experience,” said Jeff Lenz, President and Chief Development Officer of NCG.
Unlocking History: The Charmant Hotel Now Open in the 19th Century Joseph B. Funke Candy Company
August 26, 2015
Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group and owner Weber Holdings proudly announce the opening of The Charmant Hotel (101 State Street, La Crosse, WI), a 67-room upscale independent property, where guests will be welcomed beginning on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The groundbreaking restoration of the iconic 1898 Joseph B. Funke Candy Company, led by Simeone Deary Design Group and The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc., 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 was an opportunity for us to create a natural extension of our community and commemorate the city of La Crosse for all it has provided our locals,” The Charmant Hotel Owner Don Weber says. “Our goal was to bring life back to this historical building, which we hope will create community growth with upscale dining options and hospitality careers.”
"We are proud to work alongside such passionate owners as well as a talented team that has restored this historical asset in La Crosse,” Aparium Hotel Group COO Kevin Robinson says. "After visiting the town over the past three years, we are confident that our ‘Trans-local’ approach, where great hotels are a destination sought out by travelers and a favorite place for locals, will create an exciting place for the local market to enjoy for generations."
As part of the opening celebration, and in commemoration of its candy company history, the hotel will give away five “Golden Tickets” for visitors to receive a complimentary stay. Throughout the first week of business, five guests dining at the restaurant, can unroll their silverware and be surprised with a golden ticket redeemable for a one-of-a-kind Charmant Hotel experience.
The Golden Ticket prizes are offered from Tuesday, September 15 through Monday, September 21, 2015. To make a room reservation, please visit www.thecharmanthotel.com. The Charmant Hotel can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Hotel Lennox to Re-Open as The Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center Hotel
August 25, 2015
After being shuttered since 2011, the original Hotel Lennox will re-open Sept. 2, the same day that the hotel originally opened in 1929, as The Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Downtown/Convention Center Hotel. The newly revitalized hotel will be one of the most unique and historically significant Courtyard-branded hotels in the country. The hotel has undergone a major renovation, with an investment of $22M into the property and will operate as a Courtyard franchise, owned and managed Maritz Wolff & Co. whose principals are St. Louis natives and previously owned The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Located within walking distance to numerous St. Louis' leading business, 40+ restaurants, and major sports and entertainment venues, the hotel is the only one physically connected to the Convention Center. "The Hotel Lennox had some amazing architectural elements and a rich history that make the building truly unique and original; today it will offer downtown visitors an intimate boutique hotel option, with only eight rooms per floor – a dramatically different experience than one would find at most massive convention hotels. We are thrilled to be a part of revitalizing downtown St. Louis and strengthening its position in the business and tourism arenas," says Patrick Lowery, Principal, Maritz Wolff & Co.
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Curio – A Collection by Hilton Celebrates Brand’s First Hotel in Midwest with Opening of Hotel Alex Johnson in South Dakota
August 19, 2015
A historic hotel with a blend of American Western, German and Native American culture, Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton. As Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Located in the heart of downtown Rapid City and near Main Street Square, Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton is located just steps from a variety of award-winning restaurants and some of the region's most diverse shopping and entertainment venues.
"Hotel Alex Johnson combines an ideal location with a historic setting for an authentic guest experience, and has also hosted six U.S. presidents and numerous celebrities and dignitaries," said Dianna Vaughan, global head, Curio - A Collection by Hilton. "With its location just steps from the popular Art Alley - an iconic tribute to local artists and their creativity - and just a short drive from Mount Rushmore and all the iconic Black Hills have to offer, this beautiful hotel makes a perfect addition as the first Midwest property in our growing global collection of remarkable upscale and luxury hotels."
Hotel Alex Johnson is a distinct hotel exuding modern flare, while at the same time paying tribute to the unique history of the region. Built in 1928, this boutique upscale hotel combines the ambiance of the late 1920s with regional art. This includes carefully-restored bricks in the lobby and hand-painted Sioux designs and 'four sacred directions' symbols, a tribute to the area's Native American culture and beliefs.
"Our storied history and setting in the heart of downtown Rapid City - along with the reassurance that comes with the iconic Hilton name - will truly set us apart from other offerings in the market," said Caleb Arceneaux, CEO, Liv Hospitality, LLC. "During their stay at Hotel Alex Johnson, our guests will not only experience the tremendous pride and passion our talented team has for our city, but they will also be intrigued to make new discoveries that are truly unforgettable."
For those seeking a memorable event, conference or wedding, Hotel Alex Johnson offers some of the biggest event space in the region with nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space and a grand ballroom. Customized on-site catering and state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment will ensure every event - large or small - is a success.
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The Marcus Corporation Announces Agreement to Sell the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo.
August 3, 2015
The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) announced it has signed an agreement for the sale of the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. to an affiliate of Chicago-based Arbor Lodging Partners, a national owner and manager of hotels that makes both debt and equity investments in hospitality properties. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Marcus Corporation has successfully owned and managed the 217-room Hotel Phillips for the past 14 years. Shortly after purchasing the historic hotel, the company completed an extensive renovation and added new guest amenities. A landmark in downtown Kansas City, the hotel also offers approximately 11,000 square feet of flexible meeting and pre-function space, a restaurant and a lounge.
“We consider this a highly strategic opportunity to acquire this beautiful historic hotel in Kansas City and to contribute to the future growth of the downtown area. The Hotel Phillips will be an excellent addition to our growing portfolio of many types of hotels nationwide,” said Vamsi Bonthala, chief executive officer of Arbor Lodging Partners. “As with other historic properties in our portfolio, we are planning a comprehensive renovation and the hotel will be managed by NVN Hotels, our hotel management affiliate.”
“The decision to sell the Hotel Phillips is consistent with our overall corporate strategy of constantly evaluating each of our owned hotels to ensure we are maximizing shareholder value, while also focusing on growth through new management contracts,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.
The sale and transition of management is expected to occur on or about September 1, 2015.
"Bacara Resort & Spa Diamond" Necklace to be Given Away by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) at ASAE Annual
July 20, 2015
If you are attending the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit in August, you should be sure to visit Associated Luxury Hotels International’s “Luxury Lane” area. The reason? In addition to finding out about ALHI’s diamond-studded portfolio of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide which specialize in serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, you will have the chance to register for the chance to win a dazzling one-carat diamond necklace. ALHI is giving away the stunning one-carat “Bacara Resort & Spa Diamond Necklace,” representing the Four- and Five-Diamond ALHI portfolio at the convention, which is being held August 8-11, 2015 at Cobo Center in Detroit.
The diamond necklace is named in honor of Santa Barbara, California’s extraordinary, newly renovated and reimagined oceanfront Bacara Resort & Spa, a distinguished Member of ALHI’s worldwide portfolio. The gem is being given away by ALHI as a means to recognize its exceptional Four- and Five-Diamond quality portfolio ideal for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. Association executives, meeting professionals, incentive/recognition specialists, and business executives in attendance simply need to stop by ALHI’s “Luxury Lane” area (anchored at Booth #1023), in order to register for the chance to win the bling.
“The diamond giveaway,” Schultenover continued, “is a fun way to spotlight that notable ALHI Member resort, and to draw attention to ALHI’s incredible diamond-studded portfolio of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts that specifically serve the meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace. Planners stopping by our ALHI Luxury Lane area at ASAE, anchored at booth number 1023, can find out about all that is new within ALHI’s portfolio and about the hotels or resorts that could be the ideal site-solution for their upcoming programs. It will just take a moment for planners to register for the chance to win and learn more about ALHI and our outstanding hotels and resorts.”
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Lincoln Hotel Group Opens New Hampton Inn by Hilton in Lincoln, Nebraska
July 13, 2015 | Courtesy HotelOnline.com
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) announced the opening of Hampton Inn by Hilton Lincoln Airport, its newest property to join Hampton by Hilton, the global brand of more than 2,000 mid-priced Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton hotels. The 86-room hotel, located at 1055 West Bond Street, is managed by Lincoln Hotel Group.
Located just off of I-80 and less than two miles from Lincoln Municipal Airport, Hampton Inn by Hilton Lincoln Airport is nearby popular area attractions including Memorial Stadium, the University of Nebraska and Historic Haymarket.
"We're excited to welcome guests to our new Hampton Inn by Hilton in the heart of Nebraska," said Kevin Junker, general manager. "Our Lincoln hotel is located conveniently for families visiting students at the University of Nebraska, business travelers arriving into town for a meeting and leisure travelers looking to experience the beautiful Nebraska countryside."
Hampton Inn by Hilton Lincoln Airport offers amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, a 182 square foot meeting space that can accommodate up to 20 people, laundry facilities, a heated indoor pool and a fitness center. The hotel also provides free On the House hot breakfast as well as Hampton's On the RunTM Breakfast Bags, available Monday through Friday.
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