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BENCHMARK Celebrates the Nation’s Essential Heroes
Extending Lowest Employee Rates to U.S. Healthcare and First Responder Personnel Throughout 2020
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 23, 2020 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces that its managed hotels within its two luxury brands, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection, are offering lowest employee accommodation rates to the Essential Heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, extending throughout 2020. These rates, previously exclusive to Benchmark employees and their families, are now extended to the essential frontline healthcare and first responder heroes of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States. Included are Benchmark hotels and resorts from Maine to Florida to Texas, California, Hawaii and many destinations in between.
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, and Scheid Family Wines Form Partnership to Create New Signature Brand, “Mo zaik”
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, and Scheid Family Wines of Monterey, California, have forged a new partnership to create Mo zaik, a premier collection of fine wines, made exclusively for Benchmark. Beginning in May, the new vintages will be available at all¬ ¬¬Benchmark properties in the United States, including those in the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection. Scheid Family Wines is one of California’s largest producers of wine and a leader in the development of Monterey’s thriving wine industry.
Benchmark’s Vice President Food & Beverage Patrick Berwald and his team have been deeply involved in the creation of the Mo zaik brand including its name, which derives from the phonetic spelling of Benchmark’s stylish Mosaic travel and lifestyle journal. “We are tremendously proud to partner with Scheid Family Wines to bring our guests a truly special product that is 100 percent estate grown and sustainably farmed and can meet the demands of individual customers, and our meeting and event clients.” Mr. Berwald said. He notes that Scheid Family Wines was chosen for its nationally distributed portfolio of brands such as Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, and Ryder Estate and for their expertise in creating a range of wines for private clients.
U.S. News & World Report Names 22 BENCHMARK® Properties To “Best Hotels List” for 2019
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is proud to announce that 22 of its luxury hotels and resorts have been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report “Best Hotels” list for 2019. The exclusive hotels spanned leading destinations in 15 states and the Caribbean and are part of the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection brands.
The honors included three Silver Badge winners that placed in the Top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels within a destination. They include Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, which placed 13th in the Orlando-Walt Disney World market. Benchmark’s newest hotel, La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, placed 7th in San Antonio. In the Caribbean, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort placed 2nd on Curacao.
BENCHMARK® Expands in the Pacific Northwest Will Operate Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 30, 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest and will operate the newly announced Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel. Part of a new billion-dollar condo, hotel and retail development in downtown Bellevue, Washington, the spectacular new property will be InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts’ first venture in the Pacific Northwest. With construction set to start in mid-2019, the dramatic and elegant two-tower development will feature 332 luxury residences and 85,000 sq. feet of high-end retail, food and nightlife – including a new restaurant from a three-Michelin-star chef. Avenue Bellevue (www.liveatavenue.com) will also feature the 252-guest room InterContinental Hotel, which will boast a full-service spa and fitness center, meeting space and other luxury amenities.
Located just east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue is noted for its world-class shopping and dining, excellent transportation system, skilled workforce and high quality of life. Easily reached via I-405N and I-90, Bellevue is just 27 minutes from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport and 17 minutes from downtown Seattle.
BENCHMARK Adds The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark to Its Operating Portfolio
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has added The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark (www.thekartrite.com) to its expanding Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand operating portfolio. Located in Monticello, in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the new property will open in March 2019 on 1,600 wooded acres, the site of the Resorts World Catskills entertainment complex. The new luxury hotel will include a state-of-the-art, two-acre indoor waterpark with activities and amenities geared to family fun. The hotel and indoor waterpark will also feature multiple dining options, a relaxing spa, a ropes course, and an entertainment arcade. Guests will have access to cutting-edge gaming at Resorts World Catskills and can tee off at the world-famous Monster Golf Course. The accommodations will include 324 luxury suites.
The property will be part of the Resorts World Catskills campus which is comprised of four major components, including a 100,000-square-foot Casino featuring more than 150 live game tables, 2,150 state-of-the-art slot machines, a poker room and private gaming salons.
BENCHMARK® Expands to Florida’s Gulf Coast
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, January 2019 … Expanding its presence in Florida to the state’s popular Gulf Coast, BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, will manage, renovate and reposition two properties on St. Pete Beach, an award-winning destination off the coast of St. Petersburg in Tampa Bay. A venture led by Benchmark's capital partner, Gencom, has purchased the two beachfront properties, The Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel and The Grand Plaza Beach Hotel & Beach Resort and committed $24 million for major renovations to upgrade the two properties. Gencom and Benchmark forged a strategic management partnership in 2016.
Each hotel commands a spectacular beachfront location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The high-rise Grand Plaza Beach Hotel & Beach Resort offers 156 rooms including 14 suites with balconies and sea views. There are four food and beverage outlets and room service, as well as 8,000 square feet of gathering space, ideal for corporate meetings and special events. The Grand Plaza is a favorite spot for weddings and can host nuptials on the beach or in one of several spacious ballrooms. The low-rise Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel has 102 rooms, two restaurants and a casual, old Florida vibe. The hotel offers two swimming pools and beautifully landscaped grounds, marked with lush tropical plants and sparkling fountains. The iconic “Best Beach Bar in Florida,” Jimmy B’s, provides live entertainment during the day and nightly for guests and locals.
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