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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Officially Changes Name; Now Accepting Reservations
Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s name officially changed to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino July 1, 2014. Emerging as one of the region’s premier entertainment destinations, the name change recognizes the addition of lodging into the Casino’s array of entertainment and hospitality offerings.
The property will begin changing out its logo and signage over the next weeks. Most noticeably, massive eight-foot-tall letters spelling POTAWATOMI will be hoisted and fastened to the crown of the building over the next several days. The 400-pound letters are lit with LED lights and will be seen from miles away.
A freshly-designed website, www.paysbig.com, was launched as part of the transition which features the ability to make hotel room reservations on-line.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is now accepting room reservations for arrivals beginning Aug. 18, 2014. The hotel will celebrate its official grand opening with a private ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 1. The hotel is scheduled to host its first contracted events in its new event space in August and September.
“The timeline of opening a hotel is a lengthy, detailed process,” said Hotel Director Hassan Abdel-Moneim. “As construction wraps up we’ve shifted our focus to hiring and training a great staff and now we are ready to start taking reservations.”
The 19-story hotel features 381 guest rooms and luxurious suites, offering unparalleled views of the Milwaukee skyline and Lake Michigan. Room rates will be comparable to other downtown hotels and based on the demands of the market.
The hotel includes 364 standard rooms, 16 spacious suites and one presidential suite. Comfortable guest rooms and suites are highlighted with modern décor and color palettes reflecting natural elements and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, safe, refrigerator, coffeemaker and smart thermostat to help ensure an enjoyable visit. Other hotel amenities include Locavore, a full-service casual restaurant and lobby bar, coffee shop, room service, fitness center, free valet parking and more than 10,000 feet of additional meeting space. The hotel connects with a direct walkway to the property’s 781,000 square-foot casino and entertainment facility.
“People throughout the community have commented on how beautiful the exterior of the hotel is and how it has changed the skyline of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley,” Abdel-Moneim added. “We can’t wait for guests to experience the new hotel and the elevated level of service and entertainment they won’t find elsewhere.”
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has an exciting lineup of events and entertainment scheduled for late summer to welcome overnight guests including the $200,000 Mid States Poker Tournament from Aug. 30 – Sept. 7; a Chris Isaak performance on Aug. 24 in Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater and America’s Greatest Game Shows promotion starring legendary game show host Bob Eubanks on Aug. 26 and 27.
“With the addition of this beautiful new hotel our guests will enjoy their visits in a completely new way,” said General Manager Mike Goodrich. “We look forward to welcoming guests who want to enjoy all of our entertainment offerings and explore everything the Valley has to offer.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.paysbig.com or call 800 PAYS-BIG.
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 square feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel is currently under construction and will open Aug. 18. To discover more visit www.paysbig.com.
Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels Brand Collections Launch “Mosaic Traveler” - A New Travel Blog
Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® brands collections together announce the launch of a new consumer travel blog for today’s luxury traveler: Mosaic Traveler. The brands, under the guidance of parent company Benchmark Hospitality International®, have been concepting Mosaic Traveler for the past year, hiring veteran journalist, Greg Oates, to serve as writer and editor. Lisa Stice, vice president global online marketing, who oversaw the blog initiative, made the announcement.
“We are so pleased to present Mosaic Traveler,” said Ms. Stice. “Our goal is to make the new blog a richly inviting and informational travel resource to our customers and all who have an interest in our individually-branded hotels & resorts – as well as their remarkable travel destinations.”
“There is such an incredible interest these days in local, authentic travel experiences that are unique to their specific destination,” says Editor Greg Oates. “The new blog was designed to spark ideas about enriching, immersive travel opportunities available to discerning travelers and guests of both exciting new consumer brands from Benchmark Hospitality.”
Mosaic Traveler showcases the unique, independent, and inspired activities at both the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and the Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels brand collections in the United States and internationally. The new blog highlights guests’ travel stories, hotel staff recommendations, new travel developments in each destination, and Q & As with creative industry insiders.
Mosaic Traveler also features a dedicated section highlighting trends in the meetings & events industry, and how Benchmark Conference Centers® is leading some those trends.
Mr. Oates has divided the blog into the broad categories of Lifestyle & Culture, Food & Drink, Active & Adventure, Hotel Stories and Special Events, using each as a platform for storytelling and showcasing authentic guest experiences. Recent postings included a Q & A about how Georgia O’Keeffe inspired a generation of modern women; how Gloria Estefan brings South Beach to Vero Beach; Seattle’s Barking Frog Bistro rolling out its ‘Road Toad’ Food Truck; and Where to Swim with Sharks, Turtles & Tarpons in the Caribbean.
Readers looking for something more cerebral will find it in Quiet Your Monkey Brain with Yoga, Music & Surf at Wanderlust O’ahu. The blog is updated 2-3 times per week. Readers can opt-in for email or social media prompts with every update.
“We especially look for stories that educate travelers in some way,” continued Mr. Oates. “The blog is really about people doing innovative things, and cool special events that convey the uniqueness of the local community. Hopefully that inspires our readers to consider different types of local experiences and see the potential of travel in a new perspective.”
About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels
Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection’s shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years. Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal. Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers®certification of meeting excellence. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests’ needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Arthur Hills’ Redesigned Crooked Tree Golf Club Now Open
Those eagerly awaiting the completion of Arthur Hills’ redesign of Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey, now have their chance to play. The redesigned course opened Friday, June 20, 2014.
Work began last fall and continued this past spring at Crooked Tree Golf Club where distinguished golf course architect Arthur Hills redesigned Nos. 16, 17, and 18 to make the course more playable. Hills and his associates at Hills & Forrest—International Golf Course Architects made significant changes. The greens on all three holes were remodeled, and on Nos. 16 and 17, the greens were relocated. Fairway work included decreasing the slope on No. 16 and reshaping Nos. 17 and 18. Extensive bunker work on No. 18 was also completed.
“This project was not without its fair share of challenges with heavy rains both in the fall and the spring that forced us to redo work several times over, but we couldn’t be happier with the final product,” said Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts' senior vice president of golf and retail. “It’s always an honor to work with Mr. Hills and his mark on this course will leave golfers wanting to play it again and again.”
This is the third project that BOYNE Golf and Arthur Hills have collaborated on. In the mid-90s, Hills and Boyne Resorts’ President of Eastern Operations, Stephen Kircher, designed the renowned Bay Harbor Golf Club. Hills also constructed his namesake course, Arthur Hills, in 1999 at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs.
Crooked Tree Golf Club was originally designed by Harry Bowers and opened in 1991. The course is a favorite in northern Michigan for its challenging elevated terrain, impeccable greens, centuries-old hardwoods, and breathtaking scenic vistas of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. For tee times, call 800.462.6963 or visit BOYNE.com/golf.
BOYNE Golf Introduces Dynamic Pricing
BOYNE Golf has also debuted dynamic pricing for its collection of 11 golf courses set in the Petoskey area of northern Michigan. Dynamic pricing allows for greater flexibility of tee time pricing with greens fees set based on demand. By booking early or during times when there’s less demand, such as midweek or early evening, golfers are able to score reduced rates as compared to a standard set greens fee schedule. BOYNE Golf offers an online system enabling golfers to search by specific course with date and time, or for those who are price sensitive, to sort by rate for the best deal available across all 11 golf courses. Golfers can check pricing and make tee time reservations at BOYNE.com/golf.
New Apps Provide Enhanced Course Guides
Beginning in July, new Apps are available for download from Bay Harbor Golf Club in Bay Harbor and the Donald Ross Memorial at Boyne Highlands Resort. BOYNE Golf worked with Best Approach, a leader in golf course media, to create the new Apps providing golfers with 3-D flyover visuals of each hole, yardage information, and audio descriptions. For those that prefer their guides in print form, the courses will also have new, comprehensive yardage guides utilizing GPS mapping and 3-D scaling. The new Apps can be downloaded from Google Play and the iTunes Store.
BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of golf courses in the Midwest with 11 courses and three resorts including Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor. The resorts offer a bevy of accommodations and wide range of recreations from ziplining and biking to fishing and spas, as well as instruction through the BOYNE Golf Academy.
BOYNE Golf offers Stay & Play Packages starting at $108 per person, Unlimited Golf Packages from $110, as well as three- and five-day inclusive packages. For reservations or more information, visit BOYNE.com/golf or call 800.462.6963.
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels Celebrate “National Martini Day”
It’s shaken or stirred, dry or dirty, blue with Curacao and green with apples. Garnished with stuffed olives, pickled onions, lemon twists, mint leaves, or jalapeño peppers and served in a frosted glass, it’s a silvery beacon atop the bar. It’s the stuff of film legend. Who could forget James Bond’s suave and specific commands for the perfect concoction, or MadMen Don Draper and Roger Sterling downing three or more at lunch? Mrs. Robinson’s iconic leg shot with her cocktail glass in hand defined The Graduate. It’s the drink of statesmen and literary lions. FDR toasted the end of Prohibition with newly legal gin while Ernest Hemingway celebrated the liberation of Paris by marching into the Ritz Bar and ordering several rounds of the King of Cocktails - The Martini. This week, the legendary libation is celebrated across America on June 19th, National Martini Day.
The Martini has evolved from its 1950s incarnation of gin, vermouth and an olive, as innovative barkeeps create intoxicating new takes on the All American cocktail. Increasingly, high quality vodka takes the place of gin. Bars and restaurants at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® brands, offer both the timeless and traditional version, plus some spirited new drinks that reflect local flavors and serve as the perfect prelude to fabulous fare.
Chicago - Eaglewood Resort & Spa
A bucolic retreat just 35 minutes from Chicago’s Loop, Eaglewood Resort & Spa draws golfers, conference attendees, and vacationers. The Sounds of Summer Marti is perfect for sipping outdoors at the resort’s Prairie River Fire Pit and Patio.
Sounds of Summer Sunset
Raspberry infused Grey Goose 2 oz.
Curacao Syrup 1 oz.
Blood Orange Juice 3 oz.
Garnish with a Raspberry
Click here to see other Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels celebrating "National Martini Day."
Dry hard Martini traditionalists can take a cue from Winston Churchill. According to legend – and where Sir Winston’s libations are concerned there are many – the great statesman simply poured gin into a pitcher, looked briefly at a bottle of vermouth across the room and poured himself a glass.
About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels
Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection’s shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years. Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/PersonalLuxuryResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PersLuxResorts.
About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers®certification of meeting excellence. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests’ needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.
Renovation Reveal, Restaurant News and Staff Announcements at Ramada Janesville
New life is being breathed into the Ramada hotel in Janesville, Wis. in a big way, and visitors and residents are starting to take notice. Four new staff members have been added, a new name and new menu for the restaurant have been announced, and more details on the renovation that began last year have been revealed. The hotel is located at 3900 Milton Avenue and is easily accessible from I-90/I-39. The hotel may be found online at www.Ramada.com and the phone number is 608.756.4511.
First, in employee news, Kayla Bain has joined the staff as Outside Sales & Events Manager with responsibilities for attracting banquets and events to the community and the hotel through outreach with businesses, non-profit groups and other organizations. Bain spent the last several years at HotelRED in Madison, Wis. where she had duties related to both banquets and events. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Karl Anderson also joins the Ramada sales team as Coordinator & Support. He brings with him experience gained while serving as a sales and account manager with the “Destinations by Marriott” department of Marriott in San Antonio, Texas where he was responsible for the planning and implementation of any function or event taking place outside the hotel property. Before that he practiced civil litigation law in Texas.
Daneen Soliday has been appointed Events Coordinator. Soliday, a longtime Janesville resident, previously served in sales and marketing for a resort hotel in Lake Geneva, Wis. Before that she worked for a Chicago property management and real estate firm. Her primary responsibilities will be coordinating both events and meetings.
In restaurant news, Jim Gunn has been named Chef of the hotel’s restaurant. Gunn previously served as sous chef at a Janesville catering and events firm. He holds a degree in business administration from Wartburg College in Iowa. The restaurant is undergoing a makeover to a bar and grill complete with new name, Starters Bar & Grill. The menu will feature build-your-own-meal offerings. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also provides room service.
Finally, in a renovation update, General Manager Tammy Henderson announced that the lobby redesign is nearly complete. “The reception area has been completely redone with a contemporary design aesthetic,” said Henderson. “It provides a terrific first impression for our guests.”
Henderson went on to say that all guest rooms and suites will be going through a major refresh as well, with all new linens, drapes, paint and even beds. In the meeting spaces, all new carpet and drapes have been installed. The grand ballroom accommodates 400 while the second meeting space is large enough for groups up to 150. Outside, landscaping plans are also underway. Completion of all renovations is on schedule for the summer travel season.
Other hotel amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free wi-fi, fitness center, game room, heated indoor pool, and business center. The hotel is pet-friendly.
The hotel is managed by IDM Hospitality Management, a Madison, Wis.-based firm specializing in management and development of hotels around the Midwest. Its web site is www.IDMHospitality.com.
About Ramada Janesville
Ramada provides a full range of lodging, meeting and banquet services to suit both business and leisure needs. Ramada is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group which is comprised of 16 hotel brands. The Ramada Janesville is independently owned and operated under a license issued by Ramada Worldwide Inc.
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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