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March 6, 2018

Supplier News: Hilton Into St. Lucia, Renos in NY, Jackson Hole

New hotel projects and hotel updates lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

Hilton's Back in St. Lucia

Hilton has returned to St. Lucia for the first time since 2004 with the signing of a new Curio Collection hotel that will have event space, 115 guest rooms, and more. 

Hilton has signed the Harbor Club St. Lucia to its boutique Curio Collection of hotels. The property has 115  cabin-style rooms and suites, 10 bars and dining outlets, four swimming pools, a spa, a gym and meeting space.

“Recognized as a luxurious destination in the Caribbean, St. Lucia continues to see an increase in tourist arrivals year after year, and we look forward to returning to the island and providing travelers with an authentic experience,” said Gregory W. Rockett, vice president of corporate hotel development for Hilton, in a written release.

Overlooking the harbor and nearby mountains, Harbor Club’s 115 rooms and suites offer a contemporary design. BVLGARI amenities, private terraces and direct swim-up access to select rooms are all available to guests. 

With four bars and six distinct eateries, the hotel offers everything from Italian fusion at Positano Santa Lucia, comfort cuisine at Julia’s and gourmet sushi at Crew Lounge on Sushi Deck, to coal fire oven pizza at the Dockside Pizzeria, home-baked creations at 7th Heaven and casual bites at Market Street Bar.

For relaxation and recreation, guests have access to four swimming pools, a spa and a modern gym. Roughly 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space complete the facilities.

Located at Rodney Bay, Gros Islet in St. Lucia, the hotel is about 40 miles from the Hewanorra International Airport. Less than 10 minutes away from Harbor Club, guests can explore Reduit Beach and Pigeon Island, a national landmark with military buildings and beaches across 44 acres. The hotel provides complimentary water taxi service to Pigeon Island, where an exclusive area is available for Harbor Club guests.

The property will be managed by Caribbean Hotel Services, an affiliate of Aimbridge Hospitality – a recognized hospitality management leader in the Caribbean. Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton, will be part of Hilton Honors, the guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14  hotel brands. 

Visit www.curiocollection.com

Warwick New York Renovates 10K Sq Ft of Meeting Space

The Warwick New York hotel has completed renovations of 10,000 square feet of function space. The newly renovated space has nine modular meeting rooms, all on the second floor, that can be used for corporate meetings, social events, press parties, product launches, tradeshows, exhibits and other events.

Built by media giant William Randolph Hearst for his love, actress Marion Davies, the hotel has hosted celebrities ranging from Cary Grant, who lived in the hotel for 12 years, The Beatles (who held their famed first U.S. press conference at the hotel) and Elvis Presley, to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and luminaries from present day.

Centrally situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the hotel’s location on the corner of 54th Street and Avenue of the Americas provides convenient access to all public transportation and major destination landmarks such as the Museum of Modern Art, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall and shopping along Fifth Avenue. Accommodations at the historic hotel comprise 426 guest rooms, which includes 59 suites, and eight Signature Suites with balconies overlooking Central Park and the city.

In addition to the function space renovations, Executive Chef Jimmy Sakatos is introducing new menus at the hotel’s signature restaurant Randolph’s Bar and Lounge. Designed to offer the classic feel of an elegant living room, Randolph’s serves lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served at Murals on 54 which features the historic original murals painted by Dean Cornwell, “the Dean of American Illustrators.”

Guests staying at Warwick New York can also take advantage of Warwick Journeys, which offers loyal guests of the brand the free-to-join opportunity to experience special perks and customized amenities there as well as at 13 properties throughout North America and Europe. To learn more about Warwick Journeys and sign up for the complimentary membership please visit: warwickhotels.com/warwick-journeys-membership.

Noble’s Jackson Hole Hotels Revamp Meeting Offerings

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa and Hotel Terra Jackson Hole have launched a number of new updates for meeting and event planners as part of Noble House Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio-wide Meetings Reimagined initiative. 

The new Noble Meetings Reimagined program includes:

  • Meeting attendees will receive a Village Walking Map and new Selfie Map for meeting breaks.
  • For select meetings, In-House Naturalist Kurt Johnson will have an experiential display of various specimens from the national parks, including pelts, track casts, antlers and horns, plus a deep knowledge of area flora and fauna.
  • Mountain Adventure Break: Attendees can pick up Kate’s Tram Bar and bottled water, then ride the tram or gondola to the top of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for breathtaking views.
  • Rooftop Yoga Break: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa will bring in an instructor for a quick 30-minute or one-hour yoga class on the rooftop hot tub deck with views of the valley and mountain. (only available at TMLS)

Both properties are slopeside to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR), the number one ski resort in North America according to Forbes, and just steps from the base of the Grand Teton National Park and a short drive to Yellowstone National Park, offering a multitude of winter activities for groups: snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife tours, winter bike tours, and more.

Additionally, Spur Catering presents the award-winning culinary talents of Spur Restaurant & Bar’s Executive Chef Kevin Humphreys, along with his seasoned banquet staff, to bring contemporary and authentic cuisine to spectacular venues throughout Jackson Hole. Venues include the Jackson Hole Winery, Jackson’s Center for the Arts, the exclusive Snake River Ranch, as well as venues in Grand Teton National Park and Teton Village.

The new Sweetwater Gondola, which opened in December 2016 at JHMR, was a popular addition to the lift infrastructure, which also allowed beginners to access the new covered carpet surface lift located just below the Solitude mid-station. In the continuing effort to enhance the beginner skier experience at the resort, Solitude Station will introduce 12,000 square feet of ski school, rental and dining facilities. The full-service facility will be completed for 2018-19 season and will bring to life a new center of learning for Jackson Hole’s beginner skiers/riders.

Finally, meeting and event attendees can take advantage JHMR’s just-announced Ikon Pass, which brings 26 of North America’s top mountain destinations together to offer skiers and riders the ultimate access to independent resorts.

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