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July 17, 2018

Supplier News: New, Expanded U.S. Meeting Hotels

A number of new and newly expanded meeting hotels are in the news this week. Take a look. 

More Details on Loews’ Big St. Louis Hotel

Loews Hotels & Co, The Cordish Companies and the St. Louis Cardinals have broken ground and released new details on the new $65 million Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO, hotel which will be located inside the second phase of Ballpark Village. The project is set to bring 17,000 square feet of additional event space to St. Louis.

The hotel will be the first St. Louis hotel for New York based Loews Hotels & Co and will be part of Ballpark Village's $260 million phase two expansion. Ballpark Village, developed by The Cordish Companies and the St. Louis Cardinals, is a mixed-use dining and entertainment district adjacent to Busch Stadium. The eight-story hotel tower is also part of a plan to complete a full build-out of Clark Street.

The property, which will have 216 guestrooms, including 19 suites, will host 17,000 square feet of meeting and special event space on its second level, showing off views of the St. Louis skyline. The east side of the Grand Ballroom will have all glass doors, which will be able to open up to an exclusive event lawn. Live! by Loews – St. Louis, MO will also have an Executive Board Room and several break out meeting rooms.

Designed by HKS Architects Hospitality Studio, the hotel's exterior architecture and interior design will be influenced by local St. Louis character and the history of the St. Louis Cardinals, including inspiration used for Busch Stadium. On the exterior of the building, a six-story mural will show the footprints of Busch Memorial Stadium (Busch II) and the current Busch Stadium. Throughout the interior of the hotel, design elements will be carried through by locally-inspired artwork, fabrics and textures.

In terms of other amenities, the hotel will also have the Great Room, an indoor/outdoor lounge on the first floor. The space flows from an intimate indoor lounge area to an outdoor terrace featuring an indoor/outdoor bar called the Gashouse Gang, a nod to the baseball team of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1934. An open display kitchen and wine bar on the first floor will offer two unique guest experiences. During the day, an open display kitchen will offer breakfast and brunch options and at night, the space will become a chef-driven wine and cocktail bar. Also on the first floor will be a Bourbon Bar.

Located on the hotel's second level amenity deck, the Terrace Bar will have views of Busch Stadium, downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch. An upscale bar and lounge area, the Terrace Bar will serve an exclusive cocktail menu, as well as significant seating with fire pits and an expansive media wall. The Terrace Bar will be partially covered by a permanent roof, allowing guests to still enjoy an open-air atmosphere.

Additional amenities include a porte-cochere entrance with 24-hour valet services, concierge services and fitness facilities.

Seminole Hard Rock Tops Off Events Expansion

The new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood in Florida celebrated a topping-off ceremony for its $1.5 billion expansion this week, marking a major construction milestone in a project that’s set to bring 120,000 square feet of meeting and convention space to the property. 

The venture adds hotel rooms, gaming space, dining and nightlife outlets, a full service spa, three distinct pool experiences, a new retail promenade, a 6,500-seat Hard Rock Live entertainment venue and meeting and convention space to the existing property footprint. It is slated for a fall 2019 opening.

In keeping with tradition, the final steel beam of the project was ceremonially hoisted and set atop the giant framework of the structure. The long-standing custom, attributed to the ancient Scandinavian ritual of placing a tree on the top of a newly completed building, celebrates the construction efforts and crews that are involved with the project. 

The beam itself was transported to the Seminole Tribe’s Brighton, Immokalee, Big Cypress and Hollywood Reservations over the past month to allow members of the Tribal community throughout Florida the chance to sign it as a way to share in the celebration. The onsite construction teams also had the opportunity to leave their signatures on the beam, as a proud representation of their individual efforts on the project.

Other highlights of the expansion project include a 38,000 square foot exhibition hall, 21,000 square feet of new retail space and 21,000 square feet of nightlife, as well as 30 new restaurants, lounges and bars. 

New Orleans’ Windsor Court Hotel Updates Ballroom

Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans is opening a new poolside bar and renovating its ballroom as part of a new, $15 million property renovation, slated to be completed by early October of this year. The project also includes modernizations for all 316 guestrooms and suites, public spaces, including hallways, elevator landings and the Club Level Lounge.

The most notable of the updates is the addition of the Waterman Poolside Bar, which overlooks the property’s 65-foot saltwater pool. Near the facility’s fitness center and spa, the rooftop eatery first opened to hotel and spa guests in April and will open to the public via Resort Pass in mid-July.

Drink selection includes frozen cocktails, wines by the glass, beers and wines on tap, and an assortment of specialty mocktails. The venue also serves a menu of shared plates, salads, sandwiches and wraps, as well as a kids’ menu. The cabana-style bar also offers skyline views and four large-screen TVs.

On the 23rd floor in the La Chinoiserie ballroom, new carpeting, drapery, paint and foyer furniture highlight the cosmetic reboot, while some minor architectural changes to the alcove ceilings help to open up the space, making it appear even larger.

Changes to the rooms and suites include new furniture – living and dining room chairs, custom-designed coffee tables, re-upholstered leather head boards with reading lights, full-length dressing mirrors, Tempur-Pedic sleeper sofas and residential style bedside tables with convenient charging stations – complimented by a new relaxing and inviting Benjamin Moore color scheme. New entryway flooring, fresh room and bath accessories from Restoration Hardware and Arteriors, upgraded bathtubs with Botticino Fiorito marble surrounds, and glass door shower enclosures to replace outdated shower curtains round out the room updates.

In premium suites, which already have fully stocked mini-bars, additional mini-refrigerators were installed.

The renovations, which began earlier this year, were a collaborative effort, with Metairie, Louisiana-based contractor Broadmoor helming the construction. Moncur Design Associates spearheaded the revamp of the Club Level Lounge and 23rd floor ballroom, and Flick Mars led the redesign of the guest rooms and corridors. The 2018 makeover comes on the heels of a much larger, $22 million hotel restoration in 2012, which included new décor in all guestrooms, refurbishments in the food and beverage outlets and other public spaces, and the addition of The Spa at Windsor Court.

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