Le Méridien and AC Hotel by Marriott win Downtown Denver Award

Le Méridien and AC Hotel by Marriott was the winner of a 2017 Best Project Award by the Downtown Denver Partnership. The Downtown Denver Partnership honored projects “that contribute to an economically healthy, growing and vital center city.” Watch the video below to learn more about the impact the hotel is making.

› Learn more about this prestigious award in this article by the Denver Business Journal.

 

 

New downtown Homewood Suites now open

By Marty Finley – Reporter, Louisville Business First, Mar 28, 2018

Another downtown Louisville hotel has opened its doors ahead of the Kentucky Derby.

The 133-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown debuted March 21 at 635 W. Market St., offering another extended-stay downtown option for business and leisure travelers a short walk from the city’s Museum Row.

The eight-story hotel, which stands at 105,000 square feet, is a collaboration between HBGM Partners — a company controlled by Louisville businessman Tim Mulloy and his brothers, Pat and Mark, who own the property — and Louisville real estate development firm Poe Cos.

Indianapolis-based real estate firm REI Real Estate Services also is a partner on the project with the Mulloys and Poe, and White Lodging Services is a partner and manager of the property.

Louisville-based Calhoun Construction Services Inc. was the general contractor, and Atlanta-based PFVS Architecture handled the architectural services. The estimated development cost was $25 million, and it took about 15 months to construct.

Jay Nichols, general manager of the new hotel, gave Louisville Business First a tour of the facility on Tuesday afternoon. He said nightly rates start at $179 during the week and $139 on weekends, and the rates vary based on length of stay. He described the typical stay for a downtown hotel of this type at five to 12 days.

“The longer you stay, the lower the rate gets,” he said.

Nichols said the Homewood Suites brand primarily sees business travelers during the week and families during weekends and on special occasions, such as spring break.

The hotel has a large lounge area with flat-screen televisions, a pool table and a small business center. A dining area offers daily complimentary breakfast and an evening social Monday through Thursday. The evening social, he said, includes a full meal and beverages at no charge to guests.

“The travelers who stay a single night still love it because they get breakfast and dinner,” Nichols said.

Another interesting feature is a heated outdoor terrace connected to the lobby area with fire pits, two gas grills and plenty of lounge seating. Nichols said the terrace is open every day of the year.

“It’s nice to have an outdoor feel in a downtown setting,” he said.

The hotel also has an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

The remaining seven floors are dedicated to the hotel suites, more than 100 of which have studio layouts. The remaining suites are one-bedroom layouts with either a king-sized bed or double queen beds.

Because it is an extended-stay property, each room has a seating area with a pullout sofa and a full kitchen stocked with pots, pans and utensils for cooking. Local art adorns the rooms.

› For the full article and photographs, please visit Louisville Business First

Austin Marriott Groundbreaking Event

An official groundbreaking of the 613-room Austin Marriott Downtown took place on January 30 with White Lodging executives, city leaders, and Poe Companies. The hotel, located adjacent to the Austin Convention Center, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2020.

The full-service, 31-story Marriott is at the corner of Cesar Chavez and San Jacinto, and will offer spectacular views of the University of Texas campus, the State Capitol and downtown Austin’s skyline.

“This project will complement the existing JW Marriott Austin,” said Deno Yiankes, President and CEO Investments and Development at White Lodging, referencing the White Lodging developed property which opened in 2015. “Together, these properties will provide a game-changing opportunity for the city, elevating its attractiveness for large meetings and conventions, which otherwise might not consider Austin.”

Together, the two properties have more than 1,600 rooms and nearly 180,000 square feet of meeting space, which will be within two blocks of the convention center.There are less than seven other cities in the country that offer this amount of rooms and meeting space in the heart of their city’s centers, and an even smaller number that have one sales organization with direct sales impact over multiple hotels.

The Austin Marriott Downtown will have 64,000 square feet of meeting, exhibit and entertainment space, three bars and a street-level full-service restaurant. It will also feature an exhibit hall with floor-to-ceiling windows along a 170-foot glass wall.

The seventh-floor pool deck will feature private cabanas with ceiling fans, TV and private waiters, plus private seating areas with individual fire pits. The M Club will have its own private outdoor terrace for VIP guests.

Guests will also be able to keep their vehicles out of the elements in the self-contained 257-space underground parking garage.

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Groundbreaking for $25M RiverPark Place apartment expansion

By WAVE3.com Staff, Thursday, February 1st 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –  RiverPark Place has started a third phase of apartments.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was one of many on hand Thursday morning to celebrate the additional development on River Road.

Designed to maximize views of the Ohio River, downtown, Waterfront Park and Beargrass Creek, the developers said they’re confident the location will be in demand.

But phase three isn’t the end of their plans.

“We have 40 acres here. There will be buildings, buildings down there,” Developer Steve Poe said. “Probably what happens is this building will get built probably and the plan is we’ll jump down the plaza and build basically the same building again.”

In all, the third phase of RiverPark place will include more garages, apartments and studios. They’ll go on the market for a possible $800 to $2,800 a month.

Via WAVE3

More Media Coverage:

Insider Louisville – Investment in River Road development nearing $100 million

Louisville Business First – Poe Cos., development partners launch $25M RiverPark Place apartment expansion

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Hotel Distil/Moxy Groundbreaking

Poe Companies celebrated the Hotel Distil/Moxy groundbreaking on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  We enjoyed having many of our partners, investors and friends in attendance. It was a great way to celebrate the beginning of construction and the uniqueness of the hotels.

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New $20 million downtown hotel headed toward final approval

By CAITLIN BOWLING | InsiderLouisville | 

The eight-story, 133-room Homewood Suites downtown only has one more hurdle left before construction can begin.HW-Suites-Louisville-Rendering

The Land Development and Transportation Committee was expected to hear the case Thursday, but it was continued until April 6.

Glenn Price, the attorney with Frost Brown Todd, said his clients Tim Mulloy and Steve Poe opted to continue the case while they work out a few additional project details with the Louisville Department of Public Works.

Mulloy, head of real estate management company Mulloy Properties, owns the land at 635 W. Market St, which is currently a surface parking lot. He has partnered with developer Poe, who will build the Homewood Suites. Poe Companies recently completed the 175-room Aloft hotel at Main and First streets downtown.

Unlike some other development projects, this one won’t go before the Board of Zoning Adjustment or the Planning Commission. Pending approvals from the Land Development and Transportation Committee, construction is expected to start this summer and take about 14 months, putting the opening around late summer or early fall 2017.

The hotel will include an indoor pool, a fitness center, an outdoor terrace with a fire pit, meeting space, a business center, a pantry for guests and a dining area. Homewood Suites guests will park in the city-owned parking garage at 601 W. Jefferson St.

The first-floor facade will be made out of a beige stacked stone or brick, according to Jae Chong, an architect with Atlanta-based PFVS Architecture, but the exterior of the upper levels will be a composite material called EIFS. It will look like granite, Chong said.

The Downtown Development Review Overlay Committee approved plans for the new hotel on Wednesday, with only one vote against. DDRO committee member Ed Kruger took issue with the use of EIFS, which he described as “typical suburban inexpensive material.”

“I’m thrilled to see finally one of the larger surface parking lots in downtown Louisville be on a mission to destruction,” Kruger said. But “I do have extreme reservations though about the project exterior materials, mainly because I think we are not in accordance with our guidelines.”

Glass, steel, precast concrete and brick are more in line with buildings already downtown, he said. EIFS is used on “second-tier hotels.”

After the meeting, Poe said using EIFS comes down to cost and energy efficiency. “We’d love to build really, really expensive buildings, but that means we’d need to have really, really high hotel rates.”

Other members of the DDRO present didn’t agree with Kruger.

“It’s very creative for Louisville in the context of the urban setting,” committee member Milton Haskins Jr. said.

 

Via InsiderLouisville