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Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort Undergoes $17 Million Transformation

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort Undergoes $17 Million Transformation

HILTON HEAD, S.C.—The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort opens a new chapter with a $17 million rejuvenation. Breaking ground in November 2012, the first phase of the renovation is scheduled to be complete April 2013, welcoming guests to a transformed vacation experience. The full-scale renovation, which includes a second phase set to begin in late 2013, features an new arrival experience, with landscaping and enhancements to the porte-cochere, cedar shake and wood accents, pendant lanterns, and new lighting sconces. The new lobby space offers lounge-style concierge areas and vibrant-colored walls juxtaposed against the white-on-white ceiling. The outdoor experience includes a renovation of the existing family and adult pools, the addition of a kid-friendly “Splash Pad” and zero-entry pool with ledge seating edging the dune line. The revamped Buoy Bar continues to serve cocktails, sandwiches, salads, and light fare to both beach and pool-goers. From the pool area to the Upper Courtyard, new pavers and landscaping lead guests to the extended dining deck at restaurant hh Prime. Continuing the evolution of the resort’s outdoor public spaces, Palmetto Market’s outside deck has been extended, while the Palmetto Courtyard has been re-imagined and re-landscaped to provide additional space for outdoor functions, such as ...

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Holiday Inn Express Opens in Philadelphia

Holiday Inn Express Opens in Philadelphia

ATLANTA—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the opening of the new Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia E – Penn’s Landing, which underwent a $4 million conversion. Renovations include updates to each of the 184 guestrooms, a fully remodeled lobby, a new business center, and an exercise room. The 10-story hotel is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia and offers a free shuttle for its guests to popular historic attractions. “Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, brand management, The Americas, IHG. “With more than 2,100 properties worldwide and 450 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We are proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia E-Penn’s Landing into the Holiday Inn family with the brand-new sign and everything it represents.” Guestrooms feature contemporary styling, a 32-inch HD flat screen TV, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee. Travelers will also find in-room desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone ...

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Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Completes $6.5 Million Renovation

Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport Completes $6.5 Million Renovation

MIAMI, Fla.—The Crowne Plaza Miami International Airport announced that it wil complete a $6.5 million renovation at the property this month. “We’ve always had a prime location, on LeJeune just south of the Miami airport, and a friendly, loyal, service-focused team here,” said Peter K. Sahora, general manager. “Now we have a product that matches the strength of the service we deliver every day to every guest. It’s an amazing transformation.” Upgrades include new 42″ LCD TVs, a total redo of every guestroom, an updated lobby, bar, and restaurant. Public spaces and guest corridors also received new treatments. Other eco-friendly renovations were made including the addition of a new hot water system, new roofing, and better temperature controls that save on energy. “From the front door, through the bar and restaurant and in every inch of the guest room – our guests will feel the changes we have made. Add that to an already high guest satisfaction and very high repeat guest ratio and you have a hotel that meets and exceeds the myriad expectations of our business and leisure guests,” said Sahora.

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The Abbey Resort Undergoing Multi-Phase, $50 Million Renovation

The Abbey Resort Undergoing Multi-Phase, $50 Million Renovation

FONTANA, Wis.—The Abbey Resort & AVANI Spa marks its 50th Anniversary this year and will complete a $50 million renovation this summer. A primary focus of the final phase of the renovation has been an update to major outdoor focal points. Elements of the Abbey A-frame are being added at varying scales throughout the resort, including at significant entrances such as the Waterfront Restaurant, the AVANI Spa, and the harbor-side entrances. Earlier phases of the renovation included new soft goods and electronics for guestrooms and new furnishings for the guestrooms and lobby. The 35,000 square foot AVANI Spa also received a complete renovation. Additional renovations include upgrades to the meeting and function space. The Harbor Ballroom as well as the adjacent Wisconsin Ballroom, pre-function areas, and Geneva meeting rooms are being updated with new carpeting, wall treatments, window coverings, and interior furnishings. The iconic resort is working with lead designers from BSB Design Inc., Lowell Management Services Inc. and Whitespace Interior, LLC to create a refreshed look inside and out. “As the only resort located directly on the shores of Lake Geneva, The Abbey Resort offers an unmatched setting for a vacation getaway,” said David Lindelow, general manager of The ...

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Best Western International Opens First Premier Hotel in Toledo

Best Western International Opens First Premier Hotel in Toledo

PHOENIX— Best Western International continues to grow the Best Western Premier brand in North America with the debut of the Best Western Premier Grand Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Toledo, Ohio. Formerly the Grand Plaza the newly renovated hotel has 241 rooms with 20 suites and conference and meeting space to accommodate up to 900. Hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, an indoor heated pool, exercise facility, and a staffed business center. Food and beverage options include the full-service Del Sol Restaurant, serving a menu of American-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or the Aqua Lounge. “We are proud to join the Best Western brand and look forward to serving our guests and being an active member of our community. Whether our guests are staying with us for business or leisure, we look forward to providing a superior guest experience and exceeding their expectations with our friendly service and luxury amenities,” said Noah Kim, the hotel’s general manager.

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