ATROBE, Penn.—Golfing legend Arnold Palmer and Bill Marriott today teamed up to celebrate the opening of the SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Latrobe hotel in Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
The 109-room, all-suite, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) hotel is a joint venture between Palmer Hospitality, L.P., Concord Hospitality Enterprises, and private investor Keith H. McGraw of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Concord Hospitality developed and will operate the hotel.
The new hotel bears the unique distinction of being the only hotel to offer guests an exclusive opportunity to play at Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club, a members-only golf club less than a mile from the hotel, where Palmer learned to play.
“For years, I’ve wanted to build a hotel to complement the country club, and because this is my hometown, it was important to me that I partner with the right developer and the right operator and choose the right brand,” Palmer said, in an announcement. “I found all of that with Marriott’s SpringHill Suites brand and Concord Hospitality. We all share the same philosophy and outlook in terms of guest care, attention to detail and community involvement.”
“I understand and appreciate Arnie’s dedication and deep connection to this area. It is an honor for us to be a part of this special destination,” said Marriott. “Concord is a great owner and operator of many of our Marriott branded hotels. I am proud to be a member of this great threesome.”
Palmer’s involvement with the hotel is evident the minute guests walk through the door. At the front desk, they are greeted by a mural of a brilliant green golf tee with an autographed, giant ball. The lobby itself is a showcase of Palmer memorabilia, including quotes and letters spanning his career, a replica of his Masters trophy, and a glass-top table embedded with bag tags from courses and tournaments around the world. The golf theme is carried out on each floor’s elevator lobby where floor to ceiling murals, featuring a montage of the world’s most famous courses, are depicted. In the bar, guests can enjoy viewing Palmer’s commemorative golf bag from the 1960 U.S. Open Championship and several pair of golf shoes.
The hotel’s board room features framed photos and letters from U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, reflecting Palmer’s prominence in American culture over the decades.
Unique to SpringHill Suites Latrobe is the 19th Hole cocktail lounge, created exclusively with golfers in mind. The hotel also offers the brand’s complimentary hot breakfast. The hotel offers a 24-hour market, business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, fitness center, and two additional meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 40 people.
The 109-suite hotel offers separate living, working, and sleeping spaces as well as a pullout sofa bed and bathrooms with marble-top vanities, iridescent tile walls, and creative lighting features.