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 August Online Hotel Business Review




Feature Focus
Food and Beverage: Going Local
"Going local" is no longer a trend; it’s a colossal phenomenon that shows no sign of dissipating. There is a near obsession with slow, real, farm-to-table food that is organic, nutritious and locally sourced. In response, hotel chefs are creating menus that are customized to accommodate all the vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free, paleo, diabetics and other diet-conscious guests who are demanding healthy alternatives to traditional restaurant fare. In addition, there is a social component to this movement. In some cases, chefs are escorting guests to local markets to select fresh ingredients and then visit a local cooking school to prepare their purchases. Other hotels are getting guests involved in gardening activities, or exploring local farms, bakeries and the shops of other culinary artisans. Part of the appeal is in knowing the story behind the food - being personally aware of the source and integrity of the product, and how it was handled. In addition to this "locavore" movement, there are other food-related developments which are becoming popular with hotel guests. Small plate and tasting-only menus are proliferating around the country. Tasting-only special event menus offer numerous benefits including guaranteed revenue per customer, reservations usually made weeks in advance, and an exciting dining option for guests to experience. Bread and butter are also getting a makeover as chefs are replacing bread baskets with boards, and replacing butter with custom-flavored spreads. One dining establishment offers a veritable smorgasbord of exotic spreads including garlic mostarda, vanilla tapenade, rosemary hummus, salsa butter, porcini oil and tomato jam, to name just a few. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document some current trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what various leading hotels are doing to enhance and expand this area of their business.