HRI Lodging to manage Arizona's historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos golf resort
HRI Lodging has been selected by ownership to manage the historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona.
Interwest Capital acquired the property in January 2013 and completed $8.5 million in renovations in the fourth quarter of 2013. The resort will be HRI Lodging's first hotel under the InterContinental Hotels Group flag and brings HRI Lodging's total portfolio of hotels to 17.
HRI Lodging now manages three of Interwest Capital's properties, including the Hyatt Place New Orleans/Convention Center and the historic Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler.
Dr. Alexander J. Chandler founded the town that bears his name southeast of Phoenix in 1912 and constructed the San Marcos there as part of a master design to create a totally planned community. Arthur Bennett Benton, an architect from Southern California, designed the resort in the Mission Revival Design. One of the identifying design features of the resort was the pergolas that framed the building and formed a shady passageway.
The San Marcos opened for business in 1913 with full resort amenities, including golf, tennis, horseback riding and polo. Grace Perley Robinson managed the property, and her husband, Will H. Robinson, designed and built the resort's 100-acre golf course in 1913. One year later, the course was seeded with Bermuda grass and became the first grass golf course in Arizona.
Five hundred people attended the grand opening on November 22, 1913, including then U.S. vice president Thomas Marshall. The San Marcos became a place where the rich and famous flocked to year after year. At the time of its opening, the resort offered 35 guest rooms, a lobby, dining room, ballroom, retail shops, and administrative offices.
Today, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort offers 248 rooms and more than 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Amenities include on-site dining, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour business center, a fitness center, and a golf pro shop. The property's USGA championship golf course features 18 holes, complete with a driving range. The course will undergo $3.5 million in renovations during the summer of 2014.
New Hampton Inn Hotel opens in Auburn Hills
Hampton Hotels has announced the official opening of its newest property, the 102-room Hampton Inn Detroit/Auburn Hills South, located at 2200 Featherstone Road.
The hotel is operated by SUS Hospitality Investment, LLC, and is the second Hampton property in Auburn Hills and the 44th in the state. Hampton Inn Detroit/Auburn Hills South brings 40 new jobs to the area.
The Hampton Inn Detroit/Auburn Hills South is the closest hotel to the Silverdome Stadium. It is centrally located in the Chrysler Headquarters, west of I-75 and offers easy access to shopping opportunities at The Somerset Collection and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, as well as sports and entertainment at the nearby Palace of the Auburn Hills. There are several colleges and universities located within two miles of the hotel including Baker College, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Marbella Beach Hotel, Corfu to re-open in May 2014
The Marbella Beach Hotel, Corfu has recently undergone renovations, including a newGreek restaurant, re-imagined pool bar complete with big screen and a fresh subterranean entertainment venue. The hotel will also be revealing 20 new family rooms all of which will lead directly into the gardens.