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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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Intercontinental® Milwaukee Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of 'Pink Rooms'
InterContinental® Milwaukee, which is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its Pink Rooms—two special guest rooms designed to build awareness, raise funds, offer support and foster hope for those fighting breast cancer. Over the past five years, a portion of the proceeds from each stay in the rooms has been donated to ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a Milwaukee-based organization whose mission is to provide free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer—patients, families and friends.
In honor of the milestone, the two Pink Rooms each have been given distinct new looks with updated upholstery, wall coverings, window treatments and accessories. The progress on the renovated rooms, designed pro bono by two local women, Ann Torcivia Hruz and Sue McCaffrey, will be unveiled at a public reception celebrating the anniversary on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in CLEAR Bar & Lounge, located inside the hotel. The designers worked with several vendors, including Atlas Carpet Mills, Calico Corners, City Lights, D. L. Couch Wallcovering, Designtex, Kellex, Pro Wisconsin, and Stu’s Flooring, who donated the new furnishings for the rooms at or below cost.
The evening of the event, Tim Smith, general manager of InterContinental Milwaukee, will be presenting ABCD with a check for $12,000—proceeds from the past year’s overnight stays in the Pink Rooms. The latest check brings the total donated since the inception of the program to nearly $50,000. Since the Pink Rooms opened, more than 2,000 guests from 42 states and 12 different countries have stayed the night in the special guest rooms.
“Over the past several years, the Pink Rooms have served as powerful symbols of hope and encouragement for both our employees and guests,” said Smith. “We are proud to be active in the local breast cancer awareness community and look forward to continuing our partnership with ABCD.”
“InterContinental Milwaukee and The Pink Room began its partnership with ABCD five years ago—and an amazing five years it has been,” adds Ginny Finn, executive director of ABCD. “The Pink Room project serves the dual purpose of significantly raising the profile of ABCD’s free services and raising funds to make sure all those who turn to us are served at no charge.”
At 5:00 p.m., the reception, featuring complimentary cake, appetizers and a specialty pink drink, ‘Tree of Hope’ contributions, and temporary pink hair painting from WELL Spa + Salon, will begin. A special presentation will be held at 6:00 p.m., with ABCD board member remarks and the check presentation from InterContinental Milwaukee to ABCD. The event will continue until 7:30 p.m. with Pink Room tours, raffles, and more.
On display at Gallerie M that evening through the end of October, will be photographer John Grant’s new exhibit, The Pink Balloon Project. The exhibit features patients and survivors of breast cancer. “Pink” in the name The Pink Balloon Project signifies women with breast cancer. “Balloon” represents the buoyancy and sense of hope one needs to fight disease; it also represents lightness, and an ability to rise above obstacles. All of the women featured in the exhibit have been active with ABCD.
Over the years, InterContinental Milwaukee’s Pink Room concept has won numerous awards, including Honorable Mention in PR News’ Corporate Social Responsibility Awards and a national ‘Stars of the Industry’ award from American Hotel & Lodging Association in the category of guest relations.
About the Pink Room
The initial idea for the Pink Room project came from three InterContinental Milwaukee employees’—who all share a personal connection with the disease—desire to support the fight against breast cancer. When guests of the Pink Room enter their room they’re greeted by an abundance of pink—from the comforter to the commissioned artwork. They’ll notice a laptop on the desk that opens up to the Pink Room blog, where they can read previous guests’ survival stories, learn about breast cancer events in the area and much more. InterContinental Milwaukee’s guests have been inspired by design concept and stories left on the Pink Room blog since the hotel began taking reservations for the Pink Rooms. More information on the Pink Rooms can be found at pinkroomstories.com.
About InterContinental Milwaukee
Whether you’re looking for vibrant nightlife or a uniquely refined place for meetings, InterContinental® Milwaukee is your downtown destination. Mixing sophisticated elegance with modern luxury, InterContinental Milwaukee offers a chic, upscale atmosphere with a twist of the unexpected. Adjacent to the scenic Milwaukee Riverwalk, InterContinental Milwaukee is centrally located to downtown’s business and theatre districts, parks, restaurants and nightlife. Discover the historic Pabst Theatre, the Milwaukee Public Museum, or one of Milwaukee’s many summer festivals. InterContinental Milwaukee is located at 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. Find the hotel on Facebook (facebook.com/InterContinentalMilwaukee) or follow it on Twitter (@InterConMKE) to learn more about upcoming exhibits, events and specials.
About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historical renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information, please visit www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).
Sen. Fischer (R-NE) Visits with Hotel Staff on Tour of Omaha Embassy Suites
Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) today visited with hotel employees in Omaha as she went on a “heart of the house” hotel tour of the Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown. The tour, of the 249-room hotel, also included a meeting with the future of the hotel industry: Omaha Public Schools high school youth participating in a school-to-work program. Fischer expressed her appreciation for the hotel’s contribution to local economic growth and job creation.
Hotel employees are the backbone of the lodging industry in Nebraska, which generates $269 million in tax revenue for state and local governments and provides more than 7,600 jobs resulting in $148 million in employee wages. As Americans marked Labor Day honoring the workforce, Embassy Suites General Manager Susan Madsen provided Senator Fischer and her staff an opportunity to see first-hand the impact the hotel industry has on jobs in her state.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ at the Omaha Embassy Suites and meet the hardworking staff – the heart of the hotel. The great work performed by these employees ensures that guests have comfortable visits and is the secret to this business's ongoing success. The hotel industry plays a key role in creating good jobs for young people and seasoned workers alike here in Nebraska and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more.” said Senator Fischer.
Project SEARCH, a program implemented at the Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown/Old Market last August provides a unique, business-led, one-year, school-to-work program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While on the tour, Senator Fischer had the opportunity to meet with graduates of the program who are now employed at the hotel.
“We are thrilled to have Senator Fischer tour our property and meet with staff who represent the heart of our industry,” said Madsen. “Her encouragement of youth participating in Project SEARCH will be a powerful incentive for them to work harder and continue their path toward success.”
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, working together with state associations engages with members of congress on the “Heart of the House” hotel tours to provide an in-depth look at the career opportunities available as well as the economic impact the lodging industry has on the local, state and national economies.
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.
Dolce Named Manager of Q Center, the Largest Conference Hotel in the Midwest
Dolce Hotels and Resorts® today announced it has been named manager of the 1,042-room Q Center® in St. Charles, Illinois, the largest conference hotel in the Midwest, exemplifying the effort by conference hotel owners to find a more diversified and profitable business model.
Q Center, a Dolce Conference Hotel, joins the Dolce system of 26 properties representing more than 5,000 rooms in 10 states, Canada and Europe. It also becomes Dolce’s first conference hotel in the Chicago area and its third property in the Midwest, following the opening of The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel, in Indianapolis last year.
The facility features 150,000 square feet of function space certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, five restaurants and lounges and a 4,500-square-foot fitness center on a 95-acre campus.
“We will leverage more than 30 years of experience in the meetings and training space with the features of a renowned facility,” said Steven A. Rudnitsky, Dolce president and chief executive officer. “We will develop an enhanced offering for meeting planners and groups who count on Q Center to offer a state-of-the-art experience. The features that make Q Center a preferred destination for meetings will be complemented by the service elements and operational skills that distinguish the Dolce brand name.”
Speaking for the property owner, John O. Niemann Jr., president and chief executive officer of Q Center LLC, called Dolce Hotels and Resorts “one of the premier names” in conference center and hotel management. “Dolce will drive incremental revenue by leveraging its global customer base to attract more group business and create value,” he said. “We believe Dolce shares our focus and dedication to outstanding customer service.”
Dolce will focus on increasing occupancy at Q Center and introducing signature service elements based on the highest industry standards in technology and facilities. Those elements include Thoughtful Foods for Thoughtful MindsSM, a food-and-beverage program offering customizable culinary experiences for meeting attendees, as well as Nourishment HubsSM, featuring fresh and energizing refreshments throughout the day. Meeting planners will be provided with convenient, flexible options to plan meals for their attendees as well as all-inclusive pricing for easy budget planning.
About Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Rockleigh, New Jersey, Dolce Hotels and Resorts operates 26 upscale hotels, resorts and conference-focused properties through North America and Europe. The portfolio features U.S. addresses in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as properties in Canada, Belgium, France, Germany and Spain. All distinct in design and uniquely suited to their locations, Dolce properties feature freshly sourced culinary experiences and inspiring environments that bring people together for meetings and events. Dolce pioneered the Complete Meetings Package, now embraced by many hotel companies and the International Association of Conference Centers as a standard. Dolce Hotels and Resorts is continuing to expand throughout the U.S. and Europe.
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 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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