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September 19, 2017

Supplier News: Marriott Into Denver, Kimpton’s Pink Offerings

A big new dual-branded Marriott hotel leads this week’s supplier news in the meetings industry.

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Marriott to Open Dual-Branded AC, Le Meridien Hotel by Colorado Convention Center

Marriott International has announced the opening of a dual-branded hotel development in downtown Denver, bringing two European-inspired brands to the city: Le Méridien and AC Hotels by Marriott. The 20-story development has a 272-room Le Méridien Hotel and a 223-room AC Hotel by Marriott, owned and managed by White Lodging Services Corporation.

The AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown is the lifestyle brand’s first property to open in Denver. Introduced to the U.S. in 2014, the AC Hotel by Marriott brand originated in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture with Spanish hotelier, Antonio Catalan, and now offers a portfolio of over 100 hotels in countries across Europe, Latin America and North America. Inspired by classic European design, the brand is aimed at the modern business traveler, with simple, clean and crisp lines that aim to create a feeling of harmony and inspire creativity.

Based around the concept of the “Urban Pioneer”, the Denver AC hotel is designed to feel like a modern ski lodge, with peaked roofs, strong lines, geometric language, bold interior gestures. The materials for the public spaces are indigenous to Denver and inspired by the surrounding nature to include warm woods, honed and chiseled stone, textural wall finishes and unique millwork details.

Also led by the Simeone Deary Design Group, Le Méridien Denver Downtown takes shape with the clean lines of mid-century modern design. The interiors have a cool and refreshing color palette complementing unique millwork concepts, reminiscent of the intricate craftsmanship of snowboards and skis. The hotel also has artwork installations, constructed with vintage pieces reassembled into contemporary sculptural art – reimagining the intricate and rhythmic nature of a snowflake. The brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub re-interprets the traditional lobby as a social gathering place that brings coffee culture to life during the day and sparkling cocktails during the evening. Each of the 272 guestrooms and suites are designed with a cool grey color palette with striking and surprising accent color combinations reminiscent of blue skies, green aspens, sunset orange and crimson.

Le Méridien will offer more than 12,000 square feet of event space, including a 5,700-square-foot ballroom, as well as meeting rooms brightened through floor-to-ceiling windows. The properties have more than 30 pieces of artwork curated by Denver-based firm, NINE dot ARTS, and created by local artists inspired by the property’s European influence and the Rocky Mountains.

Opening in tandem with the hotels are new drinking and dining venues. 54thirty, the city’s highest open-air, seasonal rooftop bar, offers views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. Corinne, a dining and cocktail spot serving classic, simple American comfort food with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service. The Lobbyist, Le Méridien’s cocktail lounge, opens in the hotel’s mid-century modern-designed social space.

The hotel has tapped local partners for guest experiences and special packages, including Clyfford Still Museum, the Real Dill, Bee Squared Apeiaries, Renegade Brewery, Colorado Cider Company, Laws Whiskey House, and The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery

Le Méridien Denver Downtown and AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown is located at the center of the city’s business district at 15th and California, one block from the Colorado Convention Center. The hotels are steps away from Denver’s 16th Street entertainment promenade, and five blocks from the Colorado State Capital building and the city’s arts and culture district.  Also nearby are leading attractions including the LoDo Historic District, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and sports venues such as Pepsi Center, Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High – home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

For more information, please visit http://lemeridienacdenverhotels.com/.


Kimpton’s Florida Hotels Offer Meeting Promotions for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kimpton’s hotels in Florida are gearing up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a number of promotions aimed at meeting planners, including discounted savings up to $750 based on the number of room nights booked and total combined group expenditures. 

Here’s a breakdown by property:

Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel, Downtown Miami

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel is offering groups the Pink Your Perks program, helping meeting planners customize their events with an array of value-added Pink Perks.

From complimentary entry to the new Frost Museum of Science to a private hosted “Wine and Beer of the Month” reception, planners can choose from a variety of distinctive options and extras, while receiving five percent off the master bill.

Kimpton Surfcomber, Miami, South Beach

Planners receive 50 percent off meeting rooms, the third night free when contracting 10-30 rooms per night, and an array of perks to choose from including a complimentary weekend stay for future use and a hospitality cabana for up to 20 people.

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

This fall, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is offering event planners waived meeting room fees and an extra 60 minutes of cocktails for their welcome cocktail receptions, among other perks. Planners can also opt for a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment at the White Orchid Spa when booking the Pink Your Perks program.

Kimpton The Hotel Zamora, St. Pete Beach

From a private tour of the Dali Museum and morning yoga and meditation sessions on the hotel’s stunning rooftop, meeting planners can choose from a number of pink perks at Kimpton The Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach.

All of the Kimpton hotels in Florida also offer event planners the option of catering a Pink-themed morning or afternoon break to their meetings, or to serve specialty Pink Cocktails at their bar or reception, and an additional $1 will be donated towards the fight against breast cancer. Offers are valid September 1 through December 27, 2017.

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Luxury Venues: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s New Entertainment Suite

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the hotel’s new Entertainment Suite. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect and designer, Joyce Wang, the 2,250-square foot suite is dedicated to extravagant entertaining, whether that be a wedding proposal, baby shower, sophisticated bachelor party, exclusive product launch, memorable anniversary party or live streaming of key international events.

The hotel’s newest and largest suite is centered around a salon with four meter long “Cabinet of Delights” where guests can find boutique wines on tap, rare vintages selected by Amber restaurant’s sommelier, and a mixologist “booth.” Other treats include fine Cuban cigars, snacks, a popcorn machine, exotic teas and coffees, and a crystal vitrine filled with sweet and savoury delicacies created by the hotel’s Michelin-star chef.

In the living area, audiovisuals include a B&O BeoLab sound system and a concealed 160-inch (13ft x 11.5ft) TV screen with a 5000 lumens laser projector. A custom-designed coffee table conceals a range of the latest virtual reality and Play Station gaming equipment. There is also a reconditioned 1930’s vintage American jukebox for vinyl connoisseurs and an in-suite DJ booth.

Guests can engage hotel chefs to prepare private dining from the kitchen to be served in a bright and airy dining room that can seat up to 10.

The master bedroom encompasses its own sitting area and a separate dressing area with walk-in wardrobes. Wang’s signature touches include the cocoon-like headboard, leather padded walls and hand tufted silk rugs.

The master bedroom also has the FreshBed sleep system that uses climate-control technology for tailored temperatures and silent ventilation for purified, allergen-free air, combined with an ergonomic mattress.

The bathroom has a freestanding oval-shaped bathtub made from one piece of marble complete with a custom-design Champagne caddy. The rain shower’s multi jet system can be fitted with an aromatherapy capsule to infuse the shower experience with naturally reviving or relaxing essential oils.

Wang custom designed all hand-made furnishings, including a series of glass-molded chandeliers, wall finishes in limestone with metal inlay, and acrylic cabinet doors decorated with nature-inspired artwork. The suite connects seamlessly with an adjacent guestroom, which is designed in a similar aesthetic, should an additional bedroom be required.

The Entertainment Suite marks the culmination of an 18-month renovation program that has seen the hotel’s entire room inventory transformed.

Reservations or enquiries can be made by phone: +852 2132 0088, email: [email protected] or visiting the website: mandarinoriental.com/landmark

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