The following is a press release from Braemar Hotels & Resorts:
Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE: BHR) (“Braemar” or the “Company”) today announced the opening of The Notary Hotel in the heart of Downtown Philadelphia. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown underwent a rebranding and renovation in excess of $20 million to create The Notary Hotel. Located at 21 North Juniper Street, the property now features 499 guest rooms and over 10,000 square feet of conference space throughout 12 event rooms. It joins Marriott International’s Autograph Collection® Hotels, a diverse portfolio of approximately 180 independent hotels around the world that reflect unique vision, design and environments.
“After approximately two years of design and construction on The Notary Hotel, we are delighted to finally announce its formal grand opening as a member of the Autograph Collection by Marriott,” said Richard J. Stockton, Braemar’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As of today, the hotel is available for booking as an Autograph property on Marriott’s central reservation system and elsewhere and will be referred to as The Notary Hotel in all future public communications.”
The following is a press release from Marriott International:
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International has announced The Blackstone will join the brand’s diverse and distinguished portfolio of over 100 independent hotels around the world. A hallmark of hospitality and history in the Windy City, the hotel shares the brand’s values of vision, design and craft and its exactly like nothing else mantra.
“The Blackstone has found its home as part of Autograph Collection Hotels given its rich history, exceptional design and iconic reputation,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Our one-of-a-kind hotels are known for providing differentiated, standout guest experiences, and we are thrilled to welcome global travelers and Chicago locals alike to this latest addition to our dynamic portfolio.”
Following the hotel’s large scale architectural restoration of $139 million in 2008, this multi-million dollar renovation, led by Chicago-based firm The Gettys Group, refreshes the original work of renowned Chicago architectural firm Marshall and Fox, highlighting its early twenty-first century grandeur and craftsmanship while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and modern amenities. A Chicago landmark on the city’s Cultural Mile along Michigan Avenue, the hotel’s refreshed interior design carries through to the hotel’s 335 guestrooms and suites, which feature marble accents, plush bedding and dynamic textiles. Upgraded accommodations up the ante with unobstructed views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan spanning from Navy Pier to Soldier Field.
“The Blackstone has long been the cornerstone of hospitality in Chicago,” says Kim Corrigan, General Manager of The Blackstone. “The opportunity to join Autograph Collection Hotels amplifies this same distinctly hospitable and cultural spirit coupled with the unique design elements of our architecturally-stunning property.”
The creative spirit of The Blackstone is brought to life through uniquely-curated art pieces by more than 1,600 local artists placed throughout the hotel, including in the Art Hall, guest rooms and public spaces, as well as woven throughout various guest touchpoints including the bespoke room keys, in-room amenities, and more.
A NOTABLE AND NOTORIOUS HISTORY IN THE HEART OF CHICAGO Living up to its distinction as the “Hotel of Presidents” for over 100 years, The Blackstone has hosted U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries, scandalous political and mob exchanges, a star-studded array of actors, and more than a dozen movie productions. In 1920, The hotel became known for the Smoke Filled Suite following the Republican party leaders’ secret meeting to nominate Warren G. Harding as their candidate for president. Additionally, the hotel’s Suite of Presidents saw the likes of President Dwight Eisenhower watching his nomination for president from the room in 1952, and President John F. Kennedy preparing for D.C. negotiations on the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. In turn, The Blackstone also became known as the location of Chicago gangster Al Capone’s barbershop, nestled below street level in a “barbershop” lounge that still remains today.
The hotel honors these illustrious and notorious tales through “Back in the Day” Turn Down & Other Stories available in each room, encouraging guests to create their own history while staying at The Blackstone Hotel.
ELEVATED DINING AT THE BLACKSTONE The Blackstone Hotel’s culinary programming culminates at Mercat a la Planxa, which fuses age-old flavors from Spain’s Catalan region with a signature twist, resulting in an inspired menu of tapas, market-fresh seafood, and distinctive steaks along with Cava, sangria, and wine. Having recently undergone its own refreshing restoration, the sultry Mercat a la Planxa and Mercat Lower Lounge, off Michigan Avenue, is open nightly for cocktails and tapas. Come nightfall at The Blackstone Hotel, the newly-transformed lobby becomes a social hub for hotel guests and local tastemakers alike to gather and enjoy live local music, cultural programming and drinks from Timothy’s Hutch. A new addition following the hotel’s renovation, Timothy’s Hutch features unique cocktail programming that takes guests through the past, present, and future of The Blackstone.
The following is an excerpt from a Marriott International press release:
Marriott International is furthering its commitment to music by bringing its lifestyle brands and loyalty programs to life at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held April 14 to April 16 and April 21 to April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. As an official partner of the festival, Marriott will showcase popular travel destinations to festival attendees at a sponsor tent on the festival grounds, giving visitors the opportunity to win trips to various Marriott International properties around the globe. Additionally, Marriott will be executing a Coachella first: flipping Safari tents into branded hotel rooms.
Marriott will be showcasing eight of its lifestyle brands— AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft, Moxy, Westin, Le Méridien, Renaissance Hotels, Autograph Collection Hotels, and Tribute Portfolio—in the Safari campground area by turning the Shakir-style tents into fully furnished hotel rooms. Each tent will feature bedding, furniture, decor and stylistic elements unique to that hotel brand, complete with amenities and experiences. The experience includes:
Safari guest passes including access to “guest” viewing areas
Off-site private check-in
Private restrooms and showers
Golf cart shuttles to and from the stages
Private parking adjacent to Safari Tent camping
Drop-off area for gear
Breakfast and late-night snacks
Members of Marriott Rewards (which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards) and SPG will have the opportunity to book and stay in these tents during the second weekend of the festival (April 21-23, 2017) via Marriott Rewards’ Experiences Marketplace and SPG Moments.
Additionally, all guests attending the festival are invited to visit Marriott’s sponsor tent, where destinations from around the world will be brought to life in the desert. Visiting this tent could win festival attendees trips to properties such as Sthala, a Tribute Portfolio hotel in Ubud, Bali, and Autograph Collection Fontecruz Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. Elite members of Marriott Rewards and SPG will also receive exclusive access to a VIP area in the air conditioned tent, complete with upgraded festival experiences such as drink vouchers, Ferris wheel rides, and more.
* No purchase necessary. 18+. Must be Marriott Rewards member. Ends April 23, 2017. Rules available at http://bit.ly/2nkeDOz