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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.
2018 Stella Awards-Best Overall Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel Brand
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces its signature brand, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®, has taken top honors in Northstar Meetings Group’s prestigious 2018 Stella Awards. Meetings and events professionals and a panel of judges named it the Best Overall Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel Brand. The distinguished brand portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels spans 26 distinguished properties in unique domestic and international destinations. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels surpassed major established and respected global lifestyle brands for the award.
With nearly 10,000 votes cast in the United States and globally, honors are awarded in 18 categories celebrating overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. Finalists in each category are determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while winners are selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading publications, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. The complete list of winners can be found at stella-awards.com.
BENCHMARK Makes Strategic Investment in UK’s etc.venues
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, and its capital partner, Gencom, have made a strategic investment in the UK-based etc.venues, a pioneering non-residential day meetings company with 15 properties in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The move and positioning significantly increases Benchmark’s global footprint and creates exceptional opportunities for international expansion for both companies.
The partnership means that Benchmark will now operate across three continents, with a total of 80 properties in North America, the Caribbean, Japan and the United Kingdom. Recognized in the UK and on the international stage as an award-winning and particularly innovative training and events firm, etc.venues will complement Benchmark’s four hospitality services brands: Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Gemstone Collection, Benchmark Conference Centers and the Benchmark Owner Advisory Group.
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