Expansions & Renovations

The Hotel at Auburn U. Named 'Best All Around Hotel 2010' by WTVM-TV Viewers

AUBURN, AL - (April 6, 2010) – Viewers of WTVM-TV, the ABC affiliate broadcast from Columbus, GA, have named The Hotel at Auburn University the “Best All Around Hotel” for 2010 via an online poll. The contest was featured on the station’s Web site and targeted viewers in the 17 counties in which it broadcasts, spanning from Newnan and Columbus, GA to Auburn and Montgomery, AL. The Hotel at Auburn University garnered the top spot with 4,000 votes.

“The Hotel at Auburn University is honored to have been chosen for this award, and I would like to thank everyone who voted for us,” said Managing Director Hans Van Der Reijden. “We have worked very hard to distinguish ourselves, and each day we strive to provide our guests with the highest quality service and experience.”

Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, AL, The Hotel at Auburn University is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions. Whether in town for the big game, a special party, or a productive business meeting, the hotel’s 236 newly renovated guestrooms and suites feature state-of-the-art plasma screen televisions, cordless phones, wireless Internet, microwaves and refrigerators, and extremely spacious wooden desks.

For a true taste of Italy, visit Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, located inside the hotel. An open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating add character to this restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch, and offers take-out service. Ariccia features an espresso bar, unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events.

Located next to Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, Piccolo is Auburn's newest gathering place for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts. The menu features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, refreshing cocktails, and piccolo bottles of champagne. Live jazz performances will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The property is managed by the Atlanta-based West Paces Hotel Group. For additional information or reservations, please call (800) 228-2876 or visit www.auhcc.com.

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Hotel Architecture and Design: Unique, Timeless and Memorable Design
With hotel refurbishments typically taking place every eight to ten years for the soft elements, and every fifteen to twenty years for public spaces and bathrooms, owners and investors rely on architects and designers to get things right. Their solutions must satisfy a targeted demographic, be aesthetically timeless and durable, and fulfill the market’s desire for unique and memorable design. From re-thinking guestroom configurations to constructing dramatic public spaces, an effort is being made to recast hotels as the highlight of any business trip or vacation. In that regard, many architects have chosen to make a striking first impression, with an emphasis on the hotel lobby. These areas are being designed as multi-use spaces to accommodate casual or formal talks, individual or group work, and zones for social activity. Creative space segmentation is required, along with furniture that provides comfort and functionality. More extravagant entrance features also include indoor waterfalls, large chandeliers and multi-media stations. The bathroom is also an area of interest for designers in recognition of guest desires to experience luxury beyond their everyday lives. Spa-like features such as en-suite bedrooms, waterfall showers, over-sized bathtubs, his & hers sinks, giant towels, plush robes, and deluxe beauty items provide the promise of indulgent luxury. Additionally, hotel restaurants can no longer afford to be mere providers of three meals a day and a buffet. Signature restaurants are being designed to offer a genuine "wow" factor to both guests and external patrons alike. Along with sustainability concerns and an increased emphasis on local sourcing, these are some of the subjects in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be explored in the June issue of the Hotel Business Review.