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Kessler Collection Breaks Ground on New Grand Bohemian Hotel

Kessler Collection Breaks Ground on New Grand Bohemian Hotel

ORLANDO, Fla.—The Kessler Collection, a portfolio of 10 boutique hotels and restaurants, hosted a groundbreaking event commencing construction on Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, in the Mountain Brook suburb of Birmingham, Ala. on Thurs., Jan. 16. During the ceremony, area influencers including Mountain Brook Mayor Lawrence Terry Oden and key executives from The Kessler Collection, Inland American Real Estate Trust, and Daniel Corporation recognized the dedication to the project, while various guests were introduced to The Kessler Collection’s Bohemian-style brand. “Today is the beginning of a new venture, offering, and partnership,” said Richard C. Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. “We believe the Grand Bohemian Hotel will be an inspiring place that will meet community needs and surpass expectations, while adding to the quality of life here in beautiful Mountain Brook.” Set to debut in early 2015 as an Autograph Collection hotel, in the city of Mountain Brook’s Lane Parke Village development, the 100-room boutique hotel will boast an on-site Grand Bohemian Art Gallery, signature Poseidon Spa, interactive cooking school, wine blending experience, 12,630 square feet of meeting space, and rooftop terrace and restaurant. “We’re very proud to be investors in Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook,” said Barry ...

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Little Rock Marriott Celebrates Grand Opening

Little Rock Marriott Celebrates Grand Opening

ATLANTA—Little Rock officials celebrated the city’s newest Marriott Hotels and Resorts property, the 418-room Little Rock Marriott in downtown Little Rock, Ark. To commemorate the event, the hotel hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony with community and business leaders. The hotel, operated by Davidson Hotels and Resorts and owned by an affiliate of Fairwood Capital, will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation of all guestrooms and public spaces starting in early 2014. “The addition of the Marriott Hotels & Resorts flag, along with its associated accommodations, amenities and reservation system, will better position our hotel to meet the needs and demands of both business and leisure travelers seeking upscale accommodations in the area,” said Bill Fontes, general manager. “We are the only full-service Marriott hotel in Arkansas which we believe gives us a significant competitive advantage.” Attendees included Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, members of the Little Rock Board of Directors and Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as a number of other civic and business leaders. Also in attendance were George Katz, regional vice president, and Kathy Hood, vice president of sales and revenue management from Davidson Hotels and Resorts, as well as Ed Ansbro, executive vice president and Tom Defreece, ...

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Jameson Inn Hotel and Conference Center Opening in Sheffield, Ala.

Jameson Inn Hotel and Conference Center Opening in Sheffield, Ala.

A 144-room, three-story Jameson Inn Hotel and Conference Center is opening in Sheffield, Ala., on May 1. The mid-scale hotel, which includes a restaurant and meeting space, previously operated as an independent property. “The Jameson brand means better support services, a better contract, and especially we believe better results, so we are very confident making this conversion,” said Alkesh Patel, past chairman of AAHOA and president of Oregon-based Trupadi Inc., owners of the hotel. America’s Best Franchising acquired the Jameson brand in December as a mid-scale addition to its portfolio of three upper economy brands—America’s Best Inns, Budgetel Inns, and Country Hearth Inns — plus its 3 Palms upscale brand for independent properties. “The marketplace has changed what travelers expect from their hotel as well as what owners expect from their franchise partner, and the Jameson brand delivers dependable quality on both counts,” explained Doug Collins, Chairman and CEO of America’s Best Franchising.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Montgomery, Ala.

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens in Montgomery, Ala.

MCLEAN, Va.—DoubleTree by Hilton announced the opening of its newest location in Montgomery, Ala. The 131-room DoubleTree by Hilton Montgomery Downtown, formerly a Clarion, has undergone a 16-month, $13 million renovation to transform the property into an upscale, full-service hotel owned and operated by Ascent Hospitality. The transformation was led by the property’s new management team, Tom Quatrochi, general manager, and Missy Sparks, director of sales, together bringing more than 51 years of combined hospitality experience to the property. Renovations included upgrades to the lobby and check-in areas, complete guest room makeovers—including the addition of 43 suites—and locally-influenced food and beverage offerings. Guests and locals can converge over farm-to-table cuisine at the hotel’s casual dining restaurant, 1 Two 0, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or stop in to Commerce Lounge to enjoy cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices and two local microbrews on tap. The hotel also includes a new outdoor terrace garden. “Visitors to Alabama have long embraced our hotels in Birmingham and Huntsville, possibly because our genuine and caring approach to customer service resonates with the traditions of southern hospitality,” said John Greenleaf, global head – DoubleTree by Hilton. “The upscale hotel market in Montgomery has been ...

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Fairfield Inn & Suites To Open In Athens, Ala.

Fairfield Inn & Suites To Open In Athens, Ala.

Athens, Ala.—The 75-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Athens, Ala. is now open. The property will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by BCS-FFI Lodging and managed by Omega Hotel Group. “We are pleased to introduce Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels in the Athens area,” said Shruti Buckley, vice president and global brand manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites. “This hotel offers quality accommodations at an affordable price to business and leisure travelers. We look forward to welcoming guests and providing the friendly service that sets Fairfield Inn & Suites apart.” The Fairfield Inn & Suites public space features a contemporary design. The lobby welcomes guests with a color palette of greens, blues, and oranges. Rooms and suites offer separate living, working, and sleeping areas, and also include televisions, microwaves, and mini-fridges. The living area provides a well-lit work area, ergonomic chair, and entertainment area with a second television. A complimentary continental breakfast is available each morning in the lobby area. Other hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, an exercise room, valet laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as fax and copy services. The hotel also offers a meeting room with 450 square feet of space to accommodate ...

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