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U.S. News & World Report Names 20 BENCHMARK® Properties To “Best Hotels List” for 2018


BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has announced that 20 of its luxury properties within the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection brands have been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report “Best Hotels” list for 2018.  Villas of Grand Cypress, located in Orlando, Florida, and a Gemstone Collection property, also placed in the Silver Badge Winner category as a Best Hotel in Orlando-Walt Disney World, and in Florida.  Silver winners are in the Top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels within a destination. Alex Cabañas, CEO, made the announcement.  

“The entire Benchmark family could not be more excited that so many of our hotels and resorts are included on the prestigious U.S. News ‘Best Hotels’ list for 2018,” said Mr. Cabañas.  “It is an honor and a treasured endorsement of the service our teams deliver every day as they seek to Be The Difference in the life of each guest while on property and within our magical destinations.  This is well-deserved recognition for each hotel and resort, and for their team of hospitality professionals!"


Benchmark's Wanderlust Lifestyle Travel Guide Takes Top Honors

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is the winner of the prestigious 2017 INDIE Award for the "Best Digital Marketing Campaign" from the Independent Lodging Congress. The INDIE Awards recognize independent hospitality enterprises, celebrating those independently-branded hotels and hospitality professionals who have created a path to success through innovation, a sense of place, and a spirit to serve.


23 Benchmark Resorts, Gemstone Collection - TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces that 23 of its properties have been honored with the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which recognizes top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in the United States and globally. The Certificate of Excellence is determined by traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Twelve Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and eleven Gemstone Collection properties received the coveted recognition, one of the travel industry’s most prestigious awards.


BENCHMARK Welcomes Historic High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, NC

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has added High Hampton Inn & Country Club to its Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand portfolio.  The historic and storied property is located in Cashiers, North Carolina, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

The expansive High Hampton Inn & Country Club property is situated across 1400 acres of woodlands, hiking trails, lavish gardens and its own 35-acre Hampton Lake. A historic 115-guestroom property originally opened in 1932, High Hampton was one of the first resorts in Cashiers, North Carolina, a region renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, vast array of outdoor recreation, art, music and history. The Inn's rustic charm is reminiscent of the great resorts of The Adirondacks, and is only the start of what has made High Hampton Inn a beloved, multi-generational family mountain oasis for a century. 


Southern Road Trip: Birmingham to Knoxville

From the Magic City to the Marble City, join us on our first Southern Road Trip winding through the Smoky Mountain foothills in search of the best eats along the way.

Where to Stay: The Tennessean: This downtown development plans to open in April, but make your reservations now—it will be the embodiment of Southern luxury, and its proximity to all the spots you want to visit will make it a necessity. Beautiful design based on the winding Tennessee River, sweeping Knoxville views, and impeccable service are just a few things to look forward to. 


Following Merger, Benchmark and Gemstone Unveil a New 
Company, New Identity and Four Distinct Brands

Formerly Benchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, Now “BENCHMARK”, a global hospitality company

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 23, 2016 … Following a landmark merger of Benchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, the collective company has launched an expanded organization and portfolio, new corporate identity, and four distinct brands.  The launch of the combined, iconic companies, to be known as “BENCHMARK”, a global hospitality company, will include over 70 unique and distinctive hotels, resorts and conference centers, 8,000 guestrooms, 10,000 employees and a combined management team of highly respected hospitality executives from both companies, noted for their seasoned and global experience, entrepreneurial spirit and proven expertise in sales & marketing, finance, operations and food & beverage. 


Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts Join Together

New Company Operates 58 Independent Properties in US and Internationally

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 11, 2016  Benchmark Hospitality International® and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, a Gencom affiliate, both recognized global leaders in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers, announce that Benchmark and Gemstone have joined together to create a portfolio of 58 unique and distinctive properties with 10,000 staff members across the globe. 

"This merger was a natural fit," explains Benchmark Hospitality International CEO Alex Cabañas.  "Not only do we share a similar focus on unique and independent properties, but our organizational cultures and values align extremely well."  Mr. Cabañas continues with, “We felt it was critical to share this exciting news with our clients and employees before the press release went public.” Cabañas concludes with, “Though this has not been common in other industry mergers, for us it was the right thing to do to ensure the change and transition was thoroughly embraced by our ownership clients and team members.”