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 September Online Hotel Business Review


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Hotel Group Meetings: Demand is Trending Up
Corporations and businesses are once again renewing their investments in people, strategic planning, and training and development. As a result, all indicators point to 2016 being a robust year for the hotel group meetings business. Group demand is strong and rates, especially during peak periods, are trending up. Still, hotels must continue to evolve to meet the changing expectations of group meeting planners and their clients. There are several trends and factors that are driving decision-making which planners have identified as being essential to the process. Though geographic location and room rates continue to be the most important factors when selecting a host property, food and beverage choices are becoming increasingly influential. Planners understand the value of first-class culinary options as these are often used to facilitate networking experiences. Another critical factor is the availability of sufficient bandwidth for high-speed wired and wireless connectivity to the internet. In addition, in an effort to eliminate unsightly and unwieldy power cords, planners are requesting the installation of mobile-device charging stations. These portable charging stations (which do not require devices to be plugged in) can be conveniently placed in common areas or directly in meeting rooms. Finally, there is a greater emphasis on teambuilding activities that are intended to challenge groups, and bring them closer together. Some hotels are offering scenic walking trails, GPS-aided scavenger hunts, kayaking into secluded coves or rollerblading on oceanfront boardwalks, among many other recreational activities. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.