The Eldridge and The Oread hotels took home first place and second place at Best of Lawrence 2017 for Best Hotel. This is the fifth year in a row that the hotels have placed first and second.
Additionally, this is the ninth time The Eldridge has won Best Hotel! The Eldridge features TEN restaurant and Jayhawker Bar and is located at the intersection of 7th and Massachusetts streets. It features 56 suites and friendly valet and concierge services, along with free wi-fi, in the main building and at the extended-stay property, Eldridge Extended.
The Oread Hotel received second place. It features Bird Dog Bar, The Nest on Ninth, Five 21 restaurant, Slice of History and Lemon Bliss Tanning. The Oread offers 99 rooms, breath-taking views from two terraces, and fully equipped meeting and social spaces. It’s located on the north gate of the University of Kansas campus.
The Eldridge staff are doubly proud of this year’s awards. The Jayhawker Bar, a classic Downtown bar that many KU students consider a right of passage, won Best Place to Get a Cocktail or Mixed Drink against heavy competition. The Jayhawker’s cocktail list offers 16 martinis and about a dozen seasonal cocktails. The Jayhawker Juice martini, which features pineapple infused vodka, is a local favorite. Martinis are half-price every Thursday at The Jayhawker, and its Happy Hour goes from 4-6:30pm Mon-Fri.
Three staff members of The Oread and Eldridge were also recognized. Whitney Webber, Catering Manager of The Oread, placed in the Top 5 for Best Event Planner. Beau Moody, barista at The Oread’s Coffee Corner, placed in the Top 6 for Best Barista. Last, but certainly not least, Steve Noble, a veteran bartender at the Bird Dog Bar, earned recognition for his Celebrity Cocktail the “Riggle Reload” created especially for actor and comedian Rob Riggle.
The Eldridge was also in the Top 5 for Best Happy Hour and Best Wine list. The Oread Hotel placed in the top 5 for Best Place To Hold an Event.
For more information, please visit http://www.lawrence.com/bestoflawrence/ or look for the Best of Lawrence Magazine.