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The Pfister® Hotel Names Jonathan West Next Narrator in Residence
April 29, 2015
The historic Pfister® Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, which is owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, has named Jonathan West its next “Pfister Narrator.” In this role, he will spend time in the hotel’s lobby and public spaces interacting with visitors and guests and sharing their stories on The Pfister’s award-winning blog (blog.thepfisterhotel.com). As narrator, West will be posting blog entries at least twice each week over the course of a year and has plans to turn several of his posts into short films.
“Being chosen as the Pfister Narrator is a writer’s dream. I’ve always loved the idea of the Narrator in literature—someone who by virtue of experience and access must tell a great tale,” said West. “For a writer, this position is sort of like being given the gift of the greatest year of writing prompts you can imagine. It’s thrilling to think about all the avenues I will get to travel down with guests and staff as I seek our their tales.”
We are eager for Jonathan to begin his residency,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister. “Our guests are going to enjoy his outgoing personality and creative, thoughtful writing style.”
Read more about Jonathan here.
More information about The Pfister Narrator program can be found at www.ThePfisterHotel.com/Pfister-Narrator. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.
Renaissance St. Louis Airport to Host Young Artists From Nearby Ferguson-Florissant School District Showcasing Student's Favorite St. Louis Landmarks
April 23, 2015
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel is proud to host The Young Artists of St. Louis Gallery Opening. The gallery event, displaying student artwork, will be held April 27th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.
Renaissance St. Louis Airport has partnered with Holman Elementary, part of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, to launch the community oriented art exhibit. Using mediums such as water color, pencil, crayon and oil pastel, the students were asked to create pieces showcasing their favorite St. Louis attraction, location or landmark. The Gallery viewing will be held in the Lobby Level adjacent to the Front Desk and will include refreshments and snacks for guests.
The project couples Social Studies with the Arts which allows students to learn about important landmarks in the city while being creative and utilizing elements of art. “Partnering with businesses in the community is a great way to highlight our unbelievably talented students and that Holman Elementary School is truly a wonderful place to grow and learn” said Jamie Otto, Principal at Holman Elementary.
The Olympia Companies to Manage Hotel in Oberlin College's New Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center
April 22, 2015
The Olympia Companies will manage a state-of-the-art hotel that is currently being built in Oberlin, Ohio by Oberlin College. The property will anchor The Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the cornerstone of Oberlin's Green Arts District, an ongoing development encompassing the northeast corner of North Main Street and East College Street. It is a planned 100,000-square-foot, mixed-use development that will incorporate renewable energy systems and other innovative technologies designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum rating.
"We're honored to be chosen as the manager of this remarkable new property," said Kevin Mahaney, president and CEO of The Olympia Companies. "It aligns with our approach to the campus hospitality market, which is to work with a college or university to extend their brand into the community, creating a seamless connection from campus-to-lodging for visitors."
The property will be named in honor of Peter B. Lewis, the late philanthropist and chairman of Progressive Insurance Company, who has been recognized by Oberlin College for his $5 million gift toward the project, part of Oberlin's $250 million comprehensive campaign.
"We're excited that The Olympia Companies are coming on board," said Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov. "The Gateway and the Green Arts District are important steps toward Oberlin's goal of making this institution and city a model of sustainable economic development based on education and the arts."
In addition to 70 guestrooms and suites, the hotel will feature a restaurant that highlights locally grown and sourced fare and a conference center with 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space. The complex will also include commercial and office space and a culinary training facility. Conceived as a catalyst for sustainable development and technological innovation in the Green Arts District, the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center is envisioned to set a new standard for hotels and commercial buildings. Using locally sourced materials and thoughtful, provocative design, it will become a valuable amenity to both the campus and the community. Development of the Lewis Center and the Green Arts District is integral to the long-range plans of the Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the city and college to transform Oberlin into a model for sustainable economic development.
The hotel is expected to be completed and operational by late 2015. For more information, visit The Olympia Companies.
Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame Earns Prestigious USGBC LEED GOLD Certification
April 21, 2015
Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame has received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) GOLD Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of its environmentally responsible building strategies and practices. The award comes after the hotel’s more than $30 million renovation and expansion, completed in 2013, and places Morris Inn among the less than 200 LEED certified hotels in the country.To achieve LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Morris Inn incorporated a substantial list of initiatives to receive GOLD Certification, including the use of low-emitting building materials, water efficient landscaping, and green recycling programs and cleaning policies. Additional sustainable features and practices include a ‘green roof’ for stormwater management and improved air quality, LED lights throughout the building, water filtration systems on every floor for guests to refill their own bottles, and single steam recycling.
“In designing and planning the reimagined Morris Inn, the University placed great emphasis on creating a sustainable building and minimizing its environmental impact,” said Morris Inn Managing Director, Joe Kurth. “We are proud to achieve the prestigious certification, while also earning a AAA Four Diamond rating in the process.”
“At the Morris Inn, sustainability extends beyond the building itself and into the day-to-day operations,” added Linda Kurtos, Director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Notre Dame. “Guests are encouraged to reuse their towels and bed linens, the cleaning staff uses green certified chemicals and microfiber cloths, and the hotel makes an effort to purchase postconsumer recycled paper products. Those are just a few of the sustainability initiatives the hotel is proud to have adopted.”
Liberty Hotel Group and General Manager Kevin William Set to Open the Holiday Inn in Salina, Kansas
April 14, 2015
Salina's central location makes it an excellent spot for corporate meetings, and hotel owner Larry Patel is capitalizing on that.
On Thursday, the CEO and president of Liberty Hotel Group is opening a full-service Holiday Inn, located just south of the Daimaru Steakhouse & Sushi Bar on South Ninth Street. In addition, the group soon will start work on a Fairfield Inn & Suites, located near Menards on Magnolia Road.
The hotel will have a restaurant/lounge, pool, hot tub, gift shop and 3,000-square-foot convention center.
Returning to Salina and to Holiday Inn as general manager is Kevin Williams, who for 19 years was the general manager at the Holiday Inn-Holidome on West Crawford.
"Salina is a busy town," Patel said. "We get tons of calls from big corporate people that want to hold a meeting in Salina, but there is no space to hold meetings."
The Liberty group also owns Salina's Holiday Inn Express on North Ninth Street, near Interstate Highway 70.
Read the full release at hotel-online.com.
Hotel Phillips Announces Frank Lalumia as New Executive Chef
April 13, 2015
Hotel Phillips, a historic and prestigious boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, announced that Frank Lalumia is the hotel’s new Executive Chef.
Most recently, Lalumia worked at Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa as Chef and Restaurant Manager, where he was responsible for four unique restaurants and well as the training of more than 65 employees. During his seven year tenure at Argosy, Lalumia showcased his acumen for preparing luxury dishes and menus, as well as mentoring his team.
“We are thrilled to welcome Frank Lalumia to Hotel Phillips as the new Executive Chef for our hotel and our restaurant, 12 Baltimore,” said Gerald Rappaport, the General Manager at Hotel Phillips. “He is a tremendous addition to our team, and we cannot wait for our guests to taste and experience his decadent creations!”
Native to Kansas City, Lalumia attended the Art Institute in Houston, Texas, where he earned his impressive culinary credentials. While working as the Executive Chef at the Riverside Country Club in Lake Jackson, Tex., he successfully executed many events and exceeded his goals in revenue and food costs.
“The greatest accomplishment of any chef is when the guests are more excited about the food on the menu than the chef,” said Lalumia. “I hope to inspire and excite the guests of Hotel Phillips with my culinary vision for many years to come.”
Midas Hospitality, LLC Opens the New, Hampton Inn - Poplar Bluff, MO
April 10, 2015
Midas Hospitality, LLC announces the opening of a new, 79-room Hampton Inn - Poplar Bluff, MO. The hotel is owned by a local investment group, Ozark Hotel Associates 3, LLC, and Midas Hospitality, a St. Louis-based hotel owner, operator and developer will manage the hotel.
Located at 2420 Crestwood Drive, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901, just of Hwy-67, the guests at the new Hampton Inn - Poplar Bluff, MO can relax in a large Studio Suite, Double-Queen or 1-King bedded room, all with 250 thread count sheets. Guests can take advantage of the many complimentary amenities including the Hampton Inn signature hot breakfast, high speed internet access, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, business center and meeting space.
Rob Willard, President & Principal of Midas Hospitality, LLC, states, "I am very excited to add our second hotel in Poplar Bluff, MO. The Hampton Inn - Poplar Bluff, MO will complement the Holiday Inn Hotel which Midas has operated since 2010" Willard added, it will be a great addition to both the Poplar Bluff community and the Midas Hospitality family."
Read the full release at hotel-online.com.
Bettendorf Welcomes First Hilton Garden Inn to the Area
April 9, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's award-winning brand of upscale yet affordable hotels, announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Bettendorf/Quad Cities, representing an addition to the brand's growing portfolio of more than 600 hotels worldwide.
Hilton Garden Inn Bettendorf/Quad Cities is owned by Middle Road Hotel Associates, LLC, and managed by Kinseth Hotel Corporation. It is the brand's first property in Bettendorf.
"We are excited to join one of Iowa's largest cities, and become a part of Bettendorf's family-oriented community," said Connie Schlichting, general manager. "Our property provides travelers convenience to area attractions. From the John Deere Pavilion, to local Palmer Hills' 18-hole golf course, this city has something for parents, kids and business travelers alike."
Hilton Garden Inn Bettendorf/Quad Cities is situated minutes from the iWireless Center, Niabi Zoo, the Rock Island Arsenal and the Isle of Capri Casino. Guests can utilize approachable and dependable Hilton Garden Inn staff for additional area recommendations.
Read the full release at news.hgi.com.
Hyatt Place Flag to Fly Over New Sharonville Convention Center Hotel
April 8, 2015
Mayor Kevin Hardman announced that an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has entered into a franchise agreement with an affiliate of Rolling Hills Hospitality for a Hyatt Place hotel. The upscale select service hotel will be connected to the Sharonville Convention Center, located in the Northern Lights Entertainment District.
Construction of Hyatt Place Sharonville/Convention Center is expected to begin in the fall of 2015. The six-story, contemporary metal and glass building will feature:
“Hyatt Place Sharonville/Convention Center will bring a new and dynamic product to the marketplace, and is a great example of our continued focus on growing premium hotels that will attract business and leisure travelers alike,” said Mark Younadam, director of real estate and development for Hyatt. “I want to offer my congratulations and thanks to Mayor Hardman and everyone at the Sharonville Convention Center and the City of Sharonville who collaborated with us in order to bring this development to fruition.”
Read the full release here.