Deutsche Hospitality is pooling its Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and Jaz in the City brands to create a new Upscale Segment

FRANKFURT, Germany, April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Deutsche Hospitality is putting a new brand structure in place. In the future, the traditional Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts brand and the lifestyle brand Jaz in the City will be combined to form the new “Upscale” Segment. Denis Hüttig will assume responsibility for the Upscale Segment in his capacity as Vice President Steigenberger Business & Resorts and Jaz in the City and will report directly to CEO Marcus Bernhardt. Stefan Frank, General Manager of the Steigenberger Airport Hotel in Frankfurt, will become the new Senior Director Operations. Mr. Frank’s appointment takes effect on 1 May 2021.

“The background behind this joint management of the Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and Jaz in the City brands is the restructuring of our brand portfolio in line with customer and price segments,” explained Marcus Bernhardt, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality. “This will enable us to align Deutsche Hospitality towards further growth as we embark upon the route to becoming one of Europe’s top three hotel companies. Going forward, our Steigenberger Icons, Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, Jaz in the City, IntercityHotel, MAXX by Steigenberger and Zleep Hotels brands will be divided up into Luxury, Upscale, Midscale und Economy Sectors. We are delighted to have been able to acquire the services of Denis Hüttig to take charge of the new Upscale Segment. Mr. Hüttig is an experienced and long-serving colleague. During his time at Deutsche Hospitality, he has already made a major contribution to the development of the Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts brand.”

Denis Hüttig has worked for Deutsche Hospitality since 2012. In 2020, he was named Vice President Operations Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts and thus took on operational responsibility for the brand. Before this, he had looked after the brand’s Resort Hotels over a period of five years, also acting as a VPO during the time. Fotis Fakes, Senior Director International Resort Hotels, and Stefan Frank, Senior Director Operations, will both be answerable to Denis Hüttig in the latter’s new role as Vice President Steigenberger Business & Resorts and Jaz in the City. Siegfried Nierhaus, Vice President Middle East, will represent the hotels in the region and will also report to Denis Hüttig.

Stefan Frank has been General Manager of the Steigenberger Airport Hotel in Frankfurt am Main since 2018. Prior to this, he was able to gain many years of professional and executive management experience at the InterContinental Hotels Group. Latterly, he was Area General Manager of the InterContinental Hotels in Moscow, Kiev and Bucharest and also headed up the pre-opening phase of the InterContinental Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mr. Frank will retain his position as General Manager of the Steigenberger Airport Hotel on an interim basis after May 2021 whilst exercising his new function as Senior Director Operations at the same time. Mr. Frank’s successor at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel will be announced shortly.

Deutsche Hospitality brings together five separate hotel brands under a single umbrella. Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts has 60 hotels housed in historic traditional buildings and lively city residences and also offers health and beauty oases set at the very heart of nature. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept which places the focus on the essential in accordance with its motto “MAXXimize your stay”. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. IntercityHotel offers more than 40 upper mid-range urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports. And Zleep Hotels – a well-known and successful hotel brand in Scandinavia which offer service and design at a great rate for the many. The portfolio of Deutsche Hospitality currently includes almost 160 hotels on three continents 40 of which are in the pipeline.

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Hotels.com Footing Room Service Bill for 4/20 Munchies (For Some at Least)

DALLAS, April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Some associate April with rain showers, others with dreaded tax season. With 15 states and counting allowing Mary Jane to legally blow within their borders, many are also now associating it with one infamous holiday: 4/20. However you celebrate this holiday, the festivities will likely lead to an extreme case of the munchies. That’s why this year Hotels.com is picking up your room service tab. You’ve got the munchies? We’ve got the money … we call it munchie money!

With more and more travelers looking for fun ways to celebrate, Hotels.com wants to make this 4/20 extra special. That’s why this month Hotels.com is helping travelers who have booked a stay on April 20, 2021 to vibe out in style. Yes, you read that right — you can go crazy on an all-out, munchies-fueled hotel room service order and we’ll foot the entire bill.

To score this special room service munchie mania*, travelers can share their hotel reservation confirmation to munchiehotels@hotels.com between today and 4:20 a.m. ET on April 20, 2021. Twenty lucky travelers with major munchie cravings who submit their reservation confirmations will receive $200 toward room service** (to indulge in fries, chocolate cake, cheese pizza … the works), a reward night in their Hotels.com account, VIP gold status for a full year and late checkout to help them sleep off that food coma.

To be blunt, we know the cravings will come no matter where you booked, that’s why Hotels.com is accepting booking confirmations from any property or online travel service!

“The perks included as part of this Munchie Money deal are truly the culmination of all the best aspects of being a Hotels.com rewards member,” said Jennifer Dohm, Head of PR and Communications, North America. “From late checkout to a bonus night stay, only Hotels.com allows you to get rewarded just for reserving a stay. Getting your massive room service spread covered doesn’t hurt either!”

No stay booked yet? Well, get on it! Treat yourself to a getaway at one of our favorite 4/20-friendly stays and send over that confirmation to be entered to win. For official terms and conditions, see here.

*This package does not offer any cannabis products and any traveler who redeems must adhere to local laws and hotel policies around consumption and purchase. All non-smoking rules must be adhered to in the room.

**Room service to be delivered in the form of a $200 VISA gift card.

About Hotels.com® (or Hotels.com™) Hotels.com is the most rewarding way to book a place to stay. We really love travel and we know you do too. That’s why we make it really easy to book with us. With hundreds of thousands of places to stay around the world and 90 local websites in 41 languages, Hotels.com has it all. So, whether you’re looking for value in Vegas, treehouses in Thailand or villas with views, it’s all just a click away. And with our “Reward-winning” loyalty program you earn free* nights while you sleep…what could be better? Booking just got smarter too. With over 25 million real guest reviews and an app so easy to use that it’s been downloaded 70 million times, you can be sure to find the perfect place for you.

*Exclusions apply. Reward night worth average price of previous 10. Taxes/fees payable on each Reward Night redeemed. A $5 fee is charged on each Reward Night redeemed, unless redeemed on the app. See T&Cs https://www.hotels.com/customer_care/terms_conditions.html?pos=HCOM_US&locale=en_US

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The Hotel Numbers Game with Jan Freitag of CoStar

Jan Freitag, National Director of Hospitality with CoStar, shares good news about the state of hospitality from a rooms revenue perspective. He’s joined by Chris Green, CEO of Chesapeake Hospitality who shares what he is seeing across his property portfolio. Hint: Fall room sales are off the charts!!!

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Friday Night Audit #9: Sarah Dandashy, Calvin Tilokee and Too Much Wine!

Glenn and Craig get to drink wine with Sarah Dandashy, Askaconcierge.tv! This show goes totally off the rails and we barely got to any planned content. But our misfortune is your gain as Producer Dave surprises us with an appearance by the Calvin Tilokee, the man behind @revparblems and host of @midlifecrisispodcast.

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Disneyland Resort Will Open All-new Land; Avengers Campus Welcomes Super Hero Recruits Beginning June 4, 2021

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Avengers Campus, an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of Super Heroes, will open June 4, 2021, at Disneyland Resort, inside Disney California Adventure Park. Guests who are lifelong fans of Super Heroes and those discovering them for the first time are invited to team up with the Avengers and their allies to live out their Super Hero dreams in this fully immersive land that mixes innovative technology and fun for all ages.

We are so excited to soon welcome our guests to Avengers Campus, our first land dedicated to Super Heroes,” said Ken Potrock, president, Disneyland Resort. “Here, our cast members will unite to help guests of all ages find their super powers and create special memories.”

Avengers Campus brings together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the common good, and they’re calling all recruits to join the action: Team up with the Avengers and their allies; sling webs with Spider-Man, taste-test inventive food and drinks and become part of a bigger universe. Kids and guests of all ages will find their powers as they take an active role alongside some of their favorite Super Heroes, with a chance to live out their own heroic story.

Guests will have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney park. That leads them to the new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, which takes guests on an interactive escapade. And that’s just the beginning of the fun. Guests will train with Black Panther and Wakanda’s elite guards, the Dora Milaje; team up to save the Guardians of the Galaxy from The Collector’s Fortress; encounter Super Heroes (and villains), and experience the thrills as Avengers hold off their foes and save the day. Those seeking provisions for their next mission will find them at Pym Test Kitchen featuring Impossible™ Foods.

While exploring Avengers Campus, recruits may encounter Iron Man in his new armor, the Mark 80. Ant-Man and The Wasp appear for the first time at the Disneyland Resort and Doctor Strange will train recruits in the ways of the mystic arts at an Ancient Sanctum. Black Widow, Black Panther, Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and Captain Marvel are among those joining the action.

“When we set out to create these extraordinary Super Hero experiences across the globe, we designed a new Spider-Man attraction for Disney California Adventure park in an immersive land with amazing character experiences,” said Scot Drake, portfolio creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We also crafted an original story that ties all the experiences together in ways that are authentic to these characters. We worked side-by-side with teams that brought the Avengers films and comics to life to create a place that champions the next generation of heroes.”

“Avengers Campus will be a place where fans and guests can finally step into the universe they love, and stand alongside some of their favorite heroes,” said Dave Bushore, vice president of Franchise Creative & Marketing for Marvel Studios. “The optimism inherent in Avengers Campus captures the diversity, power and teamwork these extraordinary characters possess, and now they come together to unite people from all over the world under one guiding principle: We are stronger together.”

Step into a new place in the universe

The doors to Avengers Campus welcome all Avengers, their allies, and new recruits. Tony Stark offered up the site, formerly one of his father’s Stark Industries complexes, as a place to train the next generation of Super Heroes.

The story of the land unfolds with authentic detail as Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations, each hosted by a different Avenger or their ally to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits. Optimistic and forward-looking, these represent galactic spaces, mystic places, modern architecture and sleek technology.

The first key address is the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – also known as WEB. It brings together bright innovators like Peter Parker who have been assembled by Tony Stark to invent new technologies and equip everyday people to become heroes. WEB is home to the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature this iconic Super Hero.

Avengers Headquarters is at the heart of the land, an iconic building where guests may catch a glimpse of the Avengers springing into action ready to save the day. A shining Quinjet sits atop its roof as a beacon for the campus.

Sling webs with Spider-Man and unite with the Guardians of the Galaxy

Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker in the land’s new attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. This new, action-packed adventure invites guests to put their web-slinging skills to the test, a feat accomplished with innovative technology adapted specifically for this attraction. The mission: team up with Spidey and help capture the out-of-control Spider-Bots before they wreak havoc on the Campus. During an open house at WEB, Peter Parker and the aspiring inventors ask guests to wear 3D glasses and test drive their latest invention, the WEB Slinger vehicle, which allows them to sling webs like Spider-Man and experience what it’s like to have super powers.

This family-friendly attraction blends physical sets and virtual environments to take new recruits on an interactive escapade. There is no height requirement for this attraction, allowing aspiring young heroes to join the fun.

Looming high above the land is the towering citadel of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, a fan-favorite that opened in Disney California Adventure in 2017. Guests are the protagonists of this rockin’ adventure as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits. Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. the Collector, has brought his unique collection of fantastical fauna, relics and species from across the cosmos to Earth. To their misfortune, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax and Groot were recently made a part of Tivan’s “collection” and are being held captive within his Fortress. It takes some raucous mayhem, music inspired by the soundtracks from the movies and thrilling free-fall drop sequences for this adventure to break out the Guardians.

For the first time: Ant-Man and The Wasp join a land full of heroes

Throughout Avengers Campus, Super Heroes come to life in ways that are more exciting than ever.

At Avengers Headquarters, guests may have a chance to see some of their favorite heroes such as  Captain America, Black Panther or Black Widow assemble to survey the campus. Or, they may see Spider-Man defying gravity as he flips 60 to 65 feet in the air above the rooftop of the WEB building. Following those stunning moves, Spider-Man will swing down off the building to ground level to wave and say hello to new recruits.

New recruits at Avengers Campus may have heroic encounters with Iron Man in his new armor, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther and Thor, some of whom are making their first appearances at the park.

Recruits can train with Black Panther’s loyal bodyguards, the Dora Milaje, to learn wisdom from Wakanda and what it’s like to be a member of this elite royal guard. Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, also debuts for the first time in a Disney park as she leads this training encounter.

Exploring the overgrown ruins of an Ancient Sanctum, guests can learn mysterious secrets from Doctor Strange and discover ancient, magical artifacts. Doctor Strange will train recruits in the ways of the mystic arts by bringing this Ancient Sanctum to life with powerful spells. At night, the Ancient Sanctum glows even more vividly with majestic colors and lights, pulsating with mystic energy.

Pym Particles produce tiny treats and big bites

When it is time to take a break from the heroics, new dining spots will offer sustenance.

Pym Test Kitchen: Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp used “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, the Pym Test Kitchen applies this innovative science to the food creation. This unbound potential allows Pym Test Kitchen to showcase normal foods at unusual scales, including shareable bites, inventive-sized entrees and tiny treats. As guests watch the Pym food scientists at work in the kitchen lab, they will see the transformation of a regular-sized pretzel after going through a quantum tunnel – and it comes out big or small!

Guests will be able to savor foods like the Impossible™ plant-based meatballs, both large and micro and served with pasta in a super-sized spoon with a tiny fork. Another choice is the “Pym-ini,” a panini on toasted focaccia with meats, cheese and marinara dipping sauce, which can be served by the slice or as a long, multi-portion sandwich. Those will go well with a glass of Pingo Doce, the distinctly green beverage from Avenger lore that will be available at Avengers Campus.

Gigantic soda cans and condiment bottles will be mounted in the vestibules as eye-catching art, and outdoor seating will be a great place to watch for Super Heroes.

Pym Tasting Lab: Adjacent to the Pym Test Kitchen, an oversized beer can overhead signals that grown-up beverages are available at Pym Tasting Lab. Guests may order a craft beer, ranging from a blood orange hefeweizen to an amber lager. These are poured from a different kind of draft system where, thanks to the food scientists, the glass fills from the bottom up. Those thirsting for something unique can try one of the Pym Research Staff’s Pym-Particle infused cocktail experiments, along with bite-sized snacks.

Shawarma Palace: Fans may recall that after the Battle of New York, the exhausted Avengers took Tony Stark up on his offer to try the food at the “shawarma joint” about two blocks from the battle zone. There at Shawarma Palace, the Avengers discovered their new favorite food. The Avengers loved the food so much that when it came time to build Avengers Campus, they invited the Shawarma Palace crew to open a second location at Avengers Campus. Now, guests and heroes on the go can enjoy some favorite shawarma-inspired wraps at this food cart, which is decked out with memorabilia for Avenger fans. This cart offers hand-held savory wraps with fragrant chicken shawarma and garlic sauce. Or, guests may choose the Impossible™ plant-based falafel wrap.

Terran Treats: Taneleer Tivan did not limit his collection to lovable misfits; he is also curating a weird and wonderful menu of intergalactic eats at this food cart near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Churro spirals with unique flavors, and a cosmic orb with an outer shell revealing a decadent creamy filling, are just a few takes on what concoctions he has conceived to lure guests to his Fortress.

The latest in Spider-Bot prototypes 

At the WEB Suppliers store, guests may find just what aspiring WEB members need, including swag to show off some WEB pride, items to tinker with at home and something every hero needs – a friendly sidekick. Interactive Spider-Bots, much like the ones seen throughout Avengers Campus, are powered by a remote control with eight articulated legs that move forward and backward. Guests may customize their Spider-Bot with tactical upgrades to harness the powers and style of some of their favorite Super Heroes including Black Panther, Iron Man and Black Widow, as well as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Guests may also connect with their friends’ Spider-Bots for epic showdowns.

Other must-have items at WEB Suppliers include a specially-designed backpack to carry and show Spider-Bots when they are not in action, stylish Spider-Man goggles that light up and interact with their surroundings, a Spider-Man action figure that interacts with mini Spider-Bots, Web-shooters that come to life with lights and sounds, a take-home spider web kit and Funko Pop! vinyl figurines of Spider-Man and Iron Man.

The Campus Supply Pod is the place to power up with official Avengers Campus gear including performance fleece hoodies and tees, headwear, drinkware and Super Hero supplies.

Disneyland Resort theme parks reopening

Magical moments are returning to Disneyland Resort theme parks when Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021, with limited capacity.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than three households, in line with current state guidelines. Details about this new reservation system are at Disneyland.com, and guests are encouraged to check the site for the latest updates as they become available.

The health and well-being of guests and cast members remain a top priority. Enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes will be in place at the theme parks based on guidance from health authorities and learnings from Disney parks around the world to promote physical distancing, enhanced cleanliness and reduced contact. Cast members throughout the resort will assist with questions, and guests may check Disneyland.com/update for current health and safety measures, including mandatory temperature screenings and required face coverings for guests ages 2 and older.

Guests may learn more about Avengers Campus at Disneyland.com/AvengersCampus.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955.

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Radisson Opens Stunning Gulf of Mexico Oceanfront Hotel in Panama City Beach

Minneapolis (April 6, 2021) – Radisson, one of the best recognized hotel brands, today announced the opening of Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach – Oceanfront on the white-sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico. A mere 25-minute drive from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), the hotel strikes the perfect balance between luxury and adventure for guests visiting this alluring Florida coastal destination.
The hotel’s 139 inviting rooms and suites offer guests the opportunity to wake up each morning and sip coffee on their private balcony before heading outside to enjoy the many beachfront activities Panama City Beach has to offer. Whirlpool rooms, top-floor suites, penthouse whirlpool rooms, and penthouse two-bedroom suites are among the wide array of lodging options available to guests. The hotel’s onsite amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary parking, and free Wi-Fi all throughout the hotel grounds.
Conveniently attached to the hotel is Barefoot Hide-A-Way restaurant, a premier dining spot with both indoor and outdoor seating inviting guests to savor American cuisine and decadent seafood dishes. With the restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s easy for visitors to grab a quick bite to eat before heading off to a morning surf session, day trip to Shipwreck Island Waterpark, or a night out in Panama City Beach.
“We’re thrilled to open this beautiful oceanfront hotel in Panama City Beach,” said Aly El-Bassuni, chief operating officer, Radisson Hotel Group Americas. “Bringing a Radisson hotel to the Emerald Coast, a popular getaway destination, is an exciting step for the brand. This hotel exemplifies everything a vacation should include from luxury, to relaxation, and of course some adventure.”
Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach – Oceanfront is implementing the Radisson Hotels Americas Safety Protocol to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out. These in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company.
Whatever travelers are in town for, Radisson Hotel Panama City Beach – Oceanfront is the ideal home base for all kinds of adventures. Directly outside the hotel is the Bay Town Trolley Transit System, which guests can use to conveniently access nearby attractions like Gulf World Marine Park and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Less than a quarter of a mile away, Gulf World Marine Park provides an interactive experience where guests can feed stingrays, swim with dolphins, and even watch some very talented penguins perform a trick or two. Shipwreck Island Waterpark offers aquatic fun for visitors of all ages including a zip line, lazy river and a 500,000-gallon wave pool. Guests can also shop to their heart’s content at Pier Park, an open-air mall with more than 250 retail and dining options less than a mile from the hotel.
“We could not be more excited to bring Radisson’s signature hospitality and high level of service to the Panama City Beach area,” said Ashley Medlock, the hotel’s general manager. “We are looking forward to our versatile hotel bringing a heightened level of luxury and comfort to family vacations, romantic getaways, beach weddings, and corporate travel in Panama City Beach

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Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum Global Rebrand Iconic Michigan Avenue Landmark to Le Méridien Essex Chicago

(CHICAGO, IL; April 6, 2021)—Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, the Chicago-based hotel management affiliate of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, today announces the rebranding of Hotel Essex, the luxury lifestyle hotel located on Michigan Avenue adjacent to Grant Park, as Le Méridien Essex Chicago. The property, owned by an Oxford joint venture with Quadrum Global, and managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, will continue to operate as an independent hotel until it officially joins the Marriott Bonvoy family this summer.

“We are excited to join forces with Marriott International to marry our midcentury modern landmark Hotel Essex with the internationally-renowned Le Méridien brand,” says John W. Rutledge, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC and its parent company, Oxford Capital Group, LLC. “We’re always looking for ways to optimize the performance and value of our hotels and as leisure and business travel regains momentum this year, and in the years ahead, we felt combining forces with Le Méridien was a prudent, strategic move. We look forward to our property becoming a top choice for Marriott Bonvoy members looking to explore Downtown Chicago and everything our beautiful city has to offer.”

The landmark hotel re-opened in 2019 after undergoing a multi-million-dollar transformation from Essex Inn into Hotel Essex, giving new life to the iconic Michigan Avenue building. Its original midcentury modern aesthetic was re-imagined for the 21st century, drawing on the building’s International Style architectural roots in the 1960s. The property’s interiors convey a sophisticated yet comfortable style, with authentic materials and unexpected pops of color incorporated into the spaces, leveraging the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain focal points of Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the cityscape.

The hotel speaks to the spirit of Le Méridien, which celebrates the glamorous halcyon days of travel with a distinctly European flair and a mid-century modern design aesthetic. Guests at the brand’s 100+ hotels around the world can enjoy chic signature programmes that put a playful twist on art, coffee, sparkling cocktails, summer and family, inspiring creative-minded travelers to explore the world in style.

“When we began speaking with Marriott International around potential collaboration opportunities, Hotel Essex’s midcentury modern design was an obvious fit for the Le Méridien brand, which champions this aesthetic across its portfolio,” says Sarang Peruri, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford Capital Group, and Partner, Oxford Hotels & Resorts. “We believe the Le Méridien Essex Chicago is a complementary positioning within this mixed-use project with clear synergies with the apartments and retail.”

“We are pleased to work with Oxford Capital Group, LLC. to introduce the Le Méridien brand to downtown Chicago,” said Tom Brinkman, Senior Vice President, Lodging Development, Marriott International. “This transformed modern landmark will serve as an excellent addition to our portfolio offering guests a prime location in the heart of the city.”

Each of Le Méridien Essex Chicago’s 274 king and double guestrooms include a work station, 55-inch smart TVs, SmartFridges, 300-count luxury linens, hand-held garment steamers, and Frette robes and Trussardi bath products made exclusively for the property. Guests keep connected with high-speed WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled bathroom mirrors with hidden speakers. The hotel’s onsite, state-of-the-art fitness center houses top-tier workout equipment by Peloton, Star Trac, Life Fitness, and Powermill. Guests can enjoy connections to Hulu and Netflix on all cardio equipment.

Guests’ dining needs, from breakfast to late-night, are fulfilled by Grant Park Bistro and SX Sky Bar. The ground-floor Grant Park Bistro is a modern French grill open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving a menu focused on grilled meats and vegetables and French wines. SX Sky Bar is a bi-level lounge, which houses expansive space for meetings and events, including sectioned lounge areas and a spacious private dining room. Additional meeting rooms are available on the second floor, offering flexible AV capabilities and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Grant Park.

Call 312.939.2800 or visit www.hotelessexchicago.com for more information. Follow Hotel Essex on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

About Le Méridien Essex Chicago

Formerly the Essex Inn, Le Méridien Essex Chicago is a reimagined and transformed mid-century landmark along Chicago’s Cultural Mile, overlooking Michigan Avenue and Grant Park. The historic hotel is a part of a mixed-use lifestyle development, including the 479-unit Essex on the Park luxury apartment tower, bi-level, indoor-outdoor lounge SX Sky Bar, and ground floor, chef-driven French restaurant Grant Park Bistro. The hotel offers 274 sophisticatedly designed rooms, upscale guest amenities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and unparalleled views of the city and its lakefront. In the South Loop and adjacent to some of Chicago’s major attractions—Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the “Bean,” and the Magnificent Mile shopping district—Le Méridien Essex Chicago serves as a gateway for the city’s exploration. Le Méridien Essex Chicago participates in Marriott Bonvoy, which offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

 

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

Born in 1960s Paris during an era of glamorous travel, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts continues to celebrate cultures around the world through the distinctly European spirit of savouring the good life.   With over 100 hotels and resorts in 30+ countries and territories, spanning from Mauritius to Monaco and from Santa Monica to Sichuan, Le Méridien’s engaging mid-century designed spaces coupled with chic signature programmes put a playful twist on art, coffeesparkling cocktailssummer and family and inspire creative-minded travellers to explore the world in style. Stay connected to Le Méridien on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Le Méridien is proud to participate in Marriott BonvoyÔ, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

 

About Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC

Oxford Capital Group, LLC is an award-winning international real estate investment, development, and management firm that focuses on large-scale acquisitions, developments, redevelopments, and operationally-intensive real estate. Oxford and its affiliates have been involved in over $3 billion of real estate and private equity investments, with a primary focus on hospitality (15,000+ hotel rooms); hospitality anchored mixed use projects including multi-family (1,000+ units); senior housing (3,000+ units); urban retail; and parking. Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC is its wholly owned hotel management affiliate, which specializes in operating, managing, and branding distinctive, high design luxury lifestyle hotels, and food & beverage venues. Its growing national portfolio of lifestyle hotel brands include Audrey, Cass, Essex, Felix, Godfrey, Julian, LondonHouse, and Versey. It also has a growing collection of restaurants, rooftops, bars and pool-centric food & beverage venues. These include About Last Knife (ALK), I|O Rooftop, LH Rooftop, Ruka, Spa Boutique, SX Sky Bar, and WTR. Oxford Living, LLC is its senior housing investment and management platform. Oxford Residential, LLC is its multi-family development affiliate.

Quadrum Global

Quadrum Global is a global real estate development, investment and management firm focused on value-add opportunities. Since 2009, the group has invested over $1 billion in equity capital in US real estate. For more information, visit www.quadrumglobal.com

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The 32nd Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Partners with CLEAR for Safer Conference Experience

Atlanta, GA: The buzz of in-person events is on the rise and the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference is leading the way as one of the first industry conferences to return in 2021- taking place Monday, May 10th through Wednesday, May 12th. The Hunter Conference will be utilizing CLEAR’s Health Pass for the seamless COVID-19 screening of attendees.

Health Pass is a free, mobile experience on the CLEAR app that securely connects a user’s verified identity to multiple layers of COVID-19-related health information to help reduce public health risk and get people back to what they know and love. Prior to arrival, all conference attendees will use CLEAR’s Health Pass to take a real time health survey and use CLEAR’s integrated temperature checking kiosks to complete their Health Pass for an expedited and seamless entry.

“I can’t imagine a safer way to welcome everyone back to the Hunter Conference. Our partnership with CLEAR will add another layer of protection and provide additional comfort to our attendees.” said Lee Hunter, Chairman of the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference.

“We are excited to work with the Hunter Conference to create a safer experience for the attendees and continue to help bring back conferences across the country,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker. “Whether travel, sports, or conferences, our technology is helping get people back to what they know and love.”

More than 60 organizations across the country use Health Pass to create safer environments, including teams across all major sports leagues, MGM Resorts, and many more.

Register for the conference now at www.hunterconference.com. For further inquiries, contact Esther.Yi@hunterhotels.net.

How It Works: Health Pass Makes It Easy to Create Safer Environments

Enroll, Verify and You Are Good to Go.

  1. Download and Enroll Prior to Arrival: Attendees are to download the free CLEAR app, open the Health Pass feature, then enter HUNTER’s Organization Code.

 

  1. Health Survey: Before entering the venue, attendees open Health Pass on their CLEAR app, verify their identity with a selfie, and then answer a few health survey questions.
  2. Touchless Access: Attendees then approach a CLEAR kiosk, where they receive a temperature check, and scan their QR code to share their health insights. Depending on their COVID-related health information, attendees are issued a red or green notification on their Health Pass app.
  3. Privacy First: With CLEAR, you are always in control of your information. The venue only receives confirmation an attendee has satisfied the requirements for access with the equivalent of a red light or green light signal — and never has access to an individual’s private health details.

About CLEAR

CLEAR is a leader in identity and access, with more than 5 million users and 55+ locations across the United States. CLEAR links identity with different information sets, including: credit cards, tickets to the game, reservations, frequent flyer numbers, flight manifests, health care identification, driver’s licenses and passports. CLEAR’s data security framework meets the highest standards for performance and for protecting sensitive information — FISMA High and SAFETY Act-certified by the Department of Homeland Security. CLEAR’s users are always in control of their data and CLEAR does not sell user information. To learn more, visit www.clearme.com.

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