Thursday, December 20, 2012

Courtyard Chicago Highland Park/Northbrook Completes Major Lobby, Guest Room Renovations

New Lobby Design Features High Tech GoBoard, Flexible Work and Social Spaces; Redesigned Guest Rooms Offer Luxurious Bedding and Spacious Bathrooms 

Marriott International Inc. announced that the 149-room Courtyard by Marriott at 1505 Lake Cook Road in Highland Park, Illinois, has completed a major renovation of its lobby and guest rooms. The hotel now features the brand’s new Refreshing Business lobby concept designed to give travelers the flexibility to work and socialize however they choose while on the road.

Thoughtfully planned, each new guest room at the Highland Park hotel features plush bedding, a functional work space, spacious bathrooms, a separate seating area and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The ample work space and ergonomic chair enable guests to accomplish their tasks, while the large flat-screen TV provides a great break and opportunity for downtime enjoyment. Providing a warm, sophisticated environment, the hotel’s rooms accommodate guests’ desire to stay connected, productive and refreshed during their stay.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located at the Highland Park, IL, hotel’s side exits.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel Offers Juicy Incentives for CEOS Looking for Meeting Space

Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center emphasizes savings with 3-percent rebates, complimentary upgrades and iPod raffles for convention-goers. 

Meeting planners and CEOs seeking a peach of a deal to hold a special meeting, conference, convention or retreat in the first quarter of 2013 now have an even sweeter reason to check out the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center.

The Buckhead hotel’s special Pick Your Perk deal emphasizes savings, adds extra value to its deluxe accommodations and affords companies multiple incentives based on the number of room nights booked by Jan. 11 to be used by April 30.

 For information about the Pick Your Perk meeting planner incentive, contact the hotel’s sales department at 404-848-7349 or email lwagner(at)pyramidhotelgroup(dot)com.

Three Southaven Hotels Team Up To Offer Liberty Bowl Fans A Winning Deal

Free transportation to and from Memphis airport, special group rates among perks from Courtyard Memphis Southaven, Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Southaven and Residence Inn Memphis Southaven 

"Give me Liberty or give me … sleep."

Fans of the Iowa State Cyclones and Tulsa Golden Hurricane will actually be able to have both thanks to three Marriott hotels near Memphis. The Courtyard Memphis Southaven, Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Southaven and Residence Inn Memphis Southaven have teamed up to offer special group rates for attendees of the 54th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Monday, Dec. 31.

The Southaven hotels, just a 20-minute trek to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, will offer free transportation to and from Memphis International Airport in addition to special rates from $114 to $144 per night. Guests of the Fairfield Inn & Suites and Residence Inn also will score complimentary breakfast during their stay.

Alumni can take advantage of other amenities at the hotels near Memphis including state-of-the-art fitness centers equipped with cardio equipment, as well as free weights and an indoor pool at the Courtyard and outdoor pools at the Fairfield and Residence Inn.

Guests looking to take advantage of the group rates being offered by the hotels near Liberty Bowl should call the Courtyard at 662-996-1480, Fairfield at 662-349-6640 and Residence Inn at 662-996-1500.


Marriott Hotels near Graceland Celebrate the Holidays and Elvis’ Birthday

The Residence Inn Memphis Southaven and Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Southaven Hotels get “all shook up” for the holiday season and Elvis Presley’s Birthday Celebration at nearby Graceland. 

Everyone has a favorite holiday album, but for fans who have worn out their “Elvis’ Christmas Album,” a trip should be in order to either the Residence Inn Memphis Southaven Hotel or the Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis Southaven Hotel.

These two Marriott hotels in Southaven, Mississippi invite guests to experience the special holiday display at Graceland. The iconic home of Elvis Presley, the museum dedicated to the King of Rock and Roll offers travelers a dazzling display of lights and general holiday cheer during the holiday season. This special holiday event takes place until Elvis’ birthday on January 8.

Book a stay at either hotel near Graceland and celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and Elvis’ Birthday party with comfortable accommodations just minutes from Graceland. The Graceland Attraction Package starts at $139 per night and includes two platinum tour passes.

Elvis image used by permission, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.


Hotel near Universal Orlando® Resort Brings Guests “Home” with Special Weekend Rates

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando near Universal Orlando Resort offers deluxe accommodations for last-minute vacation planners. 

Vacationers who have waited until the last minute to book a holiday trip won’t have to use hocus pocus to experience magic this season thanks to special weekend rates being offered now through the end of the year by the Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando near Universal Orlando Resort.

The hotel, just 2 miles from Universal Orlando, is offering deluxe accommodations beginning at $99 for weekend stays of two or more nights. The hotel features complimentary breakfasts and free wireless Internet access as well as a convenient way to purchase attraction vouchers. The Destination Universal kiosk sells tickets and provides printed confirmations so visitors can spend more time enjoying holiday festivities.
After a day full of all things cheery, festive and fun, guests can return to the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites to rest their tired feet in one of 96 well-appointed rooms or 20 suites with comfortable king or double pillow-top mattresses. Luxurious bedding includes custom duvets, cotton-rich linens and plenty of fluffy pillows. Other amenities that visitors will enjoy at the Orlando suites include free high-definition cable with HBO, complimentary high-speed Internet, hair dryers, comfortable oversized chairs, irons and ironing boards, well-lit work desks and in-room coffeemakers.

Hotel guests needing to fuel up before their fun-filled days can take advantage of complimentary continental breakfasts every morning featuring Jimmy Dean sandwiches, waffles and fresh fruit.

Travelers who want to call Orlando “home” for the holidays won’t have to wave their magic wands this season to get in on the fun while saving a ton of green. Instead, they can make reservations now with the click of a mouse at or by calling 800-228-2800.

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains Completes Major Renovation

Scottsdale hotel welcomes guests to experience a new lobby, dining experience, fitness room, and meeting spaces. 

Just in time for the holiday travel season, the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains is proud to announce the completion of its extensive renovations. One of the best hotels in Scottsdale, AZ, the Marriott hotel improved on its popular lobby area, dining concept, fitness room, and meeting spaces.

In total, $5.9 million in renovations were completed for this exceptional Scottsdale, AZ property.

Experience these impressive renovations firsthand. Book a stay today at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains.


Courtyard Southaven Hotel Scores Touchdown with NFL Fan Package

As the official hotel of the NFL, Courtyard invites fans to celebrate America’s favorite sport with hotel credit and discounts on NFL merchandise. 

Football fans love showing their appreciation of the game, whether that comes in the form of sporting a team jersey, going to the big game, or watching the game on TV. Now there is one more option for football fans: a stay at one of the best hotels in Southaven, Mississippi.

The Courtyard Memphis Southaven Hotel invites football fans to book the special Courtyard NFL Fan Package on their next stay. This deal celebrates all things pigskin while offering guests a $50 hotel credit towards their next two-night weekend stay and 15% savings on NFL memorabilia when guests purchase $100 or more at

 To reserve this Southaven, MS hotel deal use promotional code VZZ online or call 1-800-228-9290. This deal is valid from now until February 3, 2013. Guests must stay over a Friday or Saturday night to receive this promotion. Other restrictions may apply. For more information, visit

Marriott Franklin Hotels Takes Guests Back in Time for a “Dickens of a Christmas”

Two Marriott Hotels invites guests to explore historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian Era Christmas event. 

 Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has become one of the quintessential Christmas stories, and now two Marriott hotels gives guests a chance to meet the beloved characters in person while enjoying a very special Christmas event in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

The Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs & Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs Hotels, along with the rest of historic downtown Franklin, get into the holiday spirit with “Dickens of a Christmas,” an annual celebration of Dickens’ Christmas story. The Victorian Era comes to life as carolers and costumed revelers stroll the charming streets of downtown Franklin. Visitors are encouraged to take part in exciting activities, including horse-drawn carriages, Victorian-inspired snacks, and meeting characters from Dickens’ novel, including the unselfish Tiny Tim Cratchit and his family, the miserly Mr. Scrooge, the ghost of Marley, and even Father Christmas.

Just a short drive from Nashville, the Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs Hotel welcomes guests to relax and unwind in a welcoming atmosphere, inspired by attentive staff, spacious guest rooms and thoughtful amenities. Connect to complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. Grab a bite to eat at the recently revitalized Bistro, serving freshly prepared food for breakfast and dinner, or toast the day with an evening bar. Freshly brewed Starbucks® coffee give a much-needed kick start in the mornings, or find an adrenaline rush at the on-site fitness center, featuring Cybex cardio equipment and free weights. Guest rooms provide plenty of privacy and comforts, including a pullout sofa, thick mattresses, and soft linens. For more information about this hotel, visit

The definitive place to stay for extended stay trips in Franklin, the Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs Hotel is located near popular area attractions while offering exceptional on-site amenities and conveniences. Start each morning with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet before checking headlines and the latest sports scores via complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. An indoor pool and whirlpool provide the perfect place to relax and soak tired muscles, or tone and gain muscle at a 24-hour fitness center featuring Cybex cardio equipment and free weights. 124 pet-friendly suites provide the ultimate in comfort, with plush beds, soft linens, and kitchenette with full-sized fridge, stovetop, microwave, and oven. For more information, visit

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa Honors Military and Fisher House Foundation

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is launching two special programs to support the U.S. military and Fisher House Foundation. Veteran’s Day weekend will kick-off the third annual Salute to Service program, a resort tradition that honors those who serve and protect our country. Salute to Service offers special room and golf rates to active and retired U.S. military members and currently employed civil first responders.

Room rates at $106 per night per room are available for stays beginning Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2012 through Jan. 3, 2013. The same package with unlimited golf for one person is available for $189 per night. These special offers are available to be booked now through Dec. 30 and represent a 65 to 75 percent savings. This special rate is the lowest offered by the resort all year.

Active duty and retired members of the military and civil first responders (fire, police, paramedics) are asked to request the Salute to Service hotel package (rate code: GOV) when they make their room reservations at or by calling the toll-free telephone number, 866-882-4420. A military or service I.D. is required at check-in. All rates are plus taxes and resort fee.

The Holidays Come Alive in Palm Springs with the 12 Days of Esmeralda

Festivities at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa blend the best the desert has to offer with time-honored traditions and giving back to our community

For the second year in a row, Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa is taking holiday celebrating to a whole new level with a 12 day calendar of festivities for resort guests and the local community to enjoy alike.

In addition to a partridge in a “palm tree,” The 12 Days of Esmeralda includes:

Day 1. Story Time with Mrs. Claus (Monday, Dec. 17)
Gather around Mrs. Claus from 10 am-11 am and 3:30 pm-4:30pm at STIR Lounge for some of her best-loved stories complemented by scrumptious milk and cookies.

Day 2. Sacred Heart Choir Carolers (Tuesday, Dec. 18) Iconic sounds of the season will fill the air in the resort atrium as Sacred Heart Choir sings holiday favorites at Glo Lobby Bar from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm.

Day 3. Holiday Cookie Decorating (Wednesday, Dec. 19) Satisfy cravings for holiday goodies and leave the clean-up to us! Learn some clever tricks of the trade in cookie decorating from our very own master chef from 2 pm-4 pm at STIR Lounge. Reservations are required.

Day 4. Holiday Cocktail Class (Thursday, Dec. 20) Let our mixologists show you how to concoct cocktails filled with cider and spice and everything nice at STIR Lounge from 4 pm-5 pm. And the best part - sampling of course! Must be 21 or older; reservations are required.

Day 5. Xavier Choir Carolers (Friday, Dec. 21) Kick-off the holiday weekend with the angelic melodies of carolers from Xavier Choir at Glo Lobby Bar from 5:30 pm-6:30pm. Everyone is encouraged to join in!

Day 6. Carriage Rides (Saturday, Dec. 22) A horse-drawn carriage ride in the desert? You bet! From 12 pm-4 pm, Charles Dickens inspired carriage rides take you on a journey to Christmas festivities.

Day 7. Pancakes & Santa (Sunday, Dec. 23) Just days before his ‘big night out,’ Santa clears his schedule to spend the morning with all the little girls and boys visiting the resort. A special breakfast buffet awaits one and all at Cava Restaurant from 9 am-11am. Reservations are required and the cost is $24 for adults and $12 for children.

Day 8. Tree Trimming (Monday, Dec. 24) The tradition of tree trimming abounds in the land of paradise and palms. Experience the nostalgia of decorating ornaments and stringing popcorn while enjoying some tasty treats from 11 am-3 pm.

Day 9. Gingerbread Houses (Tuesday, Dec. 25) Adults and children alike will delight in designing gingerbread houses on Christmas Day. Enjoy a leisurely morning brunch, then join in on this highly-anticipated activity dripping with frosting and finger-licking fun from 11am-3 pm. Reservations are required.

Day 10. Roasting Chestnuts (Wednesday, Dec. 26) Chestnuts roasting on an open fire indeed! A perfect way to complement all this fabulous holiday fun is by meeting at the fire pits from 4 pm-6 pm to learn the art and enjoy the flavors.

Day 11. S’mores (Thursday, Dec. 27) S’more holiday fun is planned with S’more making from 7 pm-9 pm on the Rose Lawn.

Day 12. Eggnog Tasting (Friday, Dec. 28) Round out a truly magical time with an Eggnog tasting at Glo Lobby Lounge from 4 pm-6 pm. Reservations are required.

During the 12 Days of Esmeralda, special room rates start at $159 per night. As an added bonus, guests who donate a nonperishable food item upon check-in will be given $50 in resort credit (based per guest room to use towards spa and dining). The Holiday Resort Credit is valid from December 17 – 28 and is valid towards 60 minute spa services or dining, but is not valid towards merchandise or salon services. The offer may not be combined with any other rate or promotion and is valid for leisure travel only. For reservations, please call (800) 321-1508 or visit and reference promotional code HO9.

 For more information, please visit their Facebook page at . For activities that require reservations, please call (760) 836-1286.

Vail Resort Offers Guests a Lift with New Ski, Stay and Save Deal

Vacationers at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort can chill in their deluxe accommodations and enjoy two adult lift tickets dail

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort wants skiers to know they’ve got a place to go where they don’t have to blow a ton of green this season.

The Vail ski resort plans to offer guests a deal that is so delightful that they won’t be able to say no to three or more nights nestled at the base of Vail Mountain. The Vail resort’s Ski, Stay and Save Package provides visitors with deluxe accommodations from $273 to $1,464 per night along with two adult lift tickets daily – a savings of $160 to $218 each day depending on the week.

To avoid frightful rates, guest can take advantage of the Ski, Stay and Save Package by booking their reservations online using promotional code SKI or by calling 800-721-6996 and asking for promotional code SKI now through April 14.

The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort sits 150 years from the Eagle-Bahn Gondola at the base of Vail Mountain. The Vail ski resort features 283 rooms and 61 suites on seven floors with the charm and elegance of a European chalet. The hotel features 14 meeting rooms with 21,000 square feet of flexible space, a full-service spa, two restaurants, pub, state-of-the-art fitness facility, indoor and heated outdoor pools and ski and bike rental shop. For information, visit

Scottsdale Resort Named Among Best in the West by International Magazine

Well-equipped meeting spaces, impeccable guest services among qualifications for honor for JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is where the West was won – at least according to readers of an internationally distributed meeting planning resource.

Meetings Focus magazine has named the Scottsdale resort as one of its Best in the West properties, paying tribute to the JW Marriott’s commitment to provide guests with luxurious and flexible areas to eat, drink, work, socialize and sleep. Readers of the publication rated hotels on the quality of their meeting spaces; guest rooms; guest services and amenities; food and beverage services; high-tech services and equipment; recreational facilities and activities; efficiency and helpfulness of staff; and overall value and experience.

The opulence of the private spa sanctuary spills over into the Scottsdale luxury resort’s 427 Pueblo-style casita guest rooms and 26 suites with private patios and breathtaking views of Paradise Valley. Luxurious bedding featuring down comforters, designer duvets, cotton-rich linens and plush pillows will lull travelers into a sound sleep, while other high-end amenities including mini-bars, microwaves, in-room coffee and tea makers, comfy robes and slippers and bathrooms with separate showers and tubs will impress and satisfy.

The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa is steeped in rich history and sits beneath Mummy Mountain. The Scottsdale luxury resort’s 125-acre campus includes 453 casita-style rooms, 20 meeting rooms with 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, six restaurants, a Starbucks, state-of-the art fitness center and full-service spa. The Camelback resort was included in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2011 list of world’s best hotels. For information, visit

Delray Beach Hotel Celebrates Christmas, Thanksgiving with Food and Festivities

The Delray Beach Marriott Hotel makes the seasons brighter with great food and special holiday menus. 

The holiday season is fast approaching, and along with it a chance to slow down and spend quality time with family and friends. For many, gathering around the table over a spread of delicious food and drink is the most memorable way to enjoy the holidays. In a rising South Florida tradition, the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel offers their fantastic Holiday Brunches and Dinners, taking away the toil and trouble of preparing an elaborate holiday feast and allowing more time for mirth and merriment. 

Besides the delicious food and elegant setting of the Seacrest Ballroom and O’Grady’s, these special meals provide holiday revelers an additional benefit: no dishes to clean up!

Reserve a seat at the Delray Beach Hotel’s Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts and celebrate the seasons with good cheer, inviting décor, and delicious food. To make a reservation, call (561) 274-3200
Prices start at $25 per person (plus tax and gratuity) for dinner and $44.95 (plus tax and gratuity) for brunch during both holiday meals. The brunch offers special children pricing for just $17.95. Reservations are encouraged.

Experience a truly memorable hotel in Delray Beach, the Delray Beach Marriott. This intimate, Mediterranean-style hotel is located on the Gold Coast midway between Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach. A destination getaway, our Delray Beach, FL hotel is situated on the corner of A1A (Ocean Boulevard) and famed Atlantic Avenue, within walking distance to boutiques, bistros, outdoor cafes, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife.

Enjoy a day spent basking in the Florida sun at one of two ocean-facing pools, or head out to the beach for some sandy fun. Dine at Seacrest Grill for an excellent blend of Caribbean and local flavors or enjoy drinks at O'Grady's, the Delray Beach hotel's lobby bar, which offers live entertainment most nights. After discovering all that the area has to offer, retreat to your luxurious Florida beach hotel room, complete with stunning ocean or Atlantic Avenue views, mini bars and wireless Internet access. Plan your Delray Beach, Florida hotel vacation at the Delray Beach Marriott today! To learn more about the Delray Beach Marriott, visit

Key Largo Resort’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet Menu Has Mouths Watering

Traditional turkey and all the fixings included along with New York strip steak for $29.95 at Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort Hotel. 

Looking for a no-muss, no-fuss Thanksgiving meal that will please the pickiest of parents and progenies? The Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort has a simple answer: Let Gus do the cooking.

Along with dishing up spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Key Largo hotel’s popular Gus’ Grille plans to serve a complete Thanksgiving Day buffet with all of the trimmings from 1 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 22.

Florida residents who show a valid ID will receive 10 percent off regular room rates starting at $179 per night. Guests will enjoy oversized rooms decorated in a “Floribbean” style with comfortable bedding featuring pillow-top mattresses, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens. Large flat-screen TVs in each room are perfect for watching the three National Football League games set to be played on Thanksgiving, while high-speed Internet can help keep the kids entertained. Promotional code FR6 should be used to seal this deal.

With so many things to do in Key Largo, visitors may choose to stay for the weekend while enjoying the Two for Breakfast Package, which includes deluxe accommodations plus breakfast for two at Gus’ Grille. Rates start at $219 per night for this deal. Promotional code TFB should be used for guests seeking a long weekend in paradise.

Hollywood Beach Hotel’s Thanksgiving Feast Amazes Guests and Taste Buds

The Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel celebrates the season with a scrumptious buffet, featuring savory seasonal favorites and desserts. 

A lot of thought and preparation goes into planning a Thanksgiving meal, not to mention the time-consuming cleanup after the meal has completed. If that sounds stressful, consider skipping the Thanksgiving feast at home and instead make a reservation to the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel, where an expert team of chefs have prepared a veritable bounty of traditional favorites .

Reserve a table for this Thanksgiving and let the chefs and team at the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel. Call 954-924-2202 to make reservations. The Thanksgiving buffet is $26.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), $21.95 for children 12 and under, and free for children three years or younger.

Situated apart from the busy strip of tourist hotels near Fort Lauderdale, you will find a relaxing getaway at our casual, boutique-style hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel offers guests a dazzling South Florida oceanfront location, yet we are just an easy 6 miles from the Fort Lauderdale airport and 8 miles from Port Everglades. Featuring 229 South Floridian style guest rooms, this Hollywood beach resort boasts an array of amenities such as plush Marriott bedding, balconies and water views.

Relax and enjoy a treatment at the full-service spa or bask in the sun at the beachfront pool before exploring the famous 2 ½ mile long Broadwalk and its restaurants, cafes and nightlife. From productive meetings to stunning beach weddings, this Hollywood, FL hotel can easily accommodate your meeting and event needs. We look forward to your visit to the Hollywood Beach Marriott, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Hollywood, Florida. To learn more about the Hollywood Beach Marriott, visit

Downtown Fort Worth Hotel Offers Texas-Sized Thanksgiving Feast

The Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel invites guests to dine out on Thanksgiving at the award-winning Vidalias Restaurant. 

Guests at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel and locals can enjoy the food, drinks and fun of a Thanksgiving feast this year without worrying about all the prep work, the cooking or the clean-up afterwards. The banquet will be served at the award-winning Vidalias Restaurant, which is located inside this Fort Worth, TX hotel.

To reserve a seat, call the Vidalias Restaurant at 817-210-2222. Each adult ticket is $44.95, but tickets for children between the ages of five to 12 are only $15.95 and kids ages four and under eat for free. For more information, visit their website at

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Restaurant Recognized by Food & Wine.Com

Premier downtown Portland hotel received special commendation for on-site Truss Restaurant 

Pull up a chair, pick up a fork and dive into a culinary adventure at Truss Restaurant, located in the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, which boasts some of the best food for Portland Waterfront dining. recently named their best hotel restaurants in the United States, and the Portland hotel’s Truss Restaurant received top honors. The recently renovated Portland restaurant features a showcase menu that surveys regional favorites and celebrates the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Truss has become a favorite for locals and guests and now has received national recognition.

While the menu at Truss is diverse and features something for everyone, favorites include smoked BBQ pulled pork sliders with polenta fries, wild Oregon salmon with horseradish mashed potatoes, and the signature Truss Burger with pulled BBQ pork, fried egg, tomato jam and smoky bacon. An impressive selection of local brews also creates a casual feel, but make no mistake about it: the food offers complex flavors and a rich culinary experience that makes this Portland Waterfront restaurant a place to remember.

The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel proudly unveiled renovations the summer of 2012. Renovations included four all-new executive meetings rooms, Truss Restaurant, the Lobby Cafe and Bar and an all-new lobby focused on communal spaces. With 503 guest rooms, 42,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a gorgeous riverfront location and the phenomenal Marriott customer service and amenities you know and love, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is the perfect hotel for your stay. To learn more, visit the downtown Portland hotel's website at


Celebrate the Holidays in Style with a Party at Las Vegas Marriott

Companies booking their year-end parties at the Las Vegas Marriott Hotel enjoy 15 percent discount on food and beverages, plus a special low room rate.

The Las Vegas Marriott brings tidings of comfort and joy with a new offer that will have meeting and event planners for companies planning holiday parties smiling in delight.

This premier Las Vegas hotel on Convention Center Drive invites companies, organizations and event planners to get in a festive spirit by booking their holiday parties or receptions with Marriott this year and take advantage of discounts on everything from food and beverages to deluxe accommodations. The Las Vegas, Nevada hotel will offer a 15 percent food and beverage discount and room rates starting at $69 per night for party attendees.

The hotel also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights and an outdoor pool and whirlpool. Café 325, serving American cuisine in a casual setting, awaits guests who crave breakfast, lunch or dinner.

For information on how to book a holiday party or reception, call 702-650-2000 or send an email to wswso(dot)coreleads(at)marriott(dot)com.

The Woodlands, TX Hotel Heralds the Holidays with Weekend Deal

Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center invites guests to stay for breakfast throughout the winter holiday season and all the seasonal events

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center has a new package deal that coincides perfectly with all the happenings going on this winter holiday season. The Stay for Breakfast Weekend Escape package is the perfect way for families to get a start on the day as The Woodlands gears up for some of the area’s most cherished traditions.

The Stay for Breakfast Weekend Escape package is valid Thursday through Sunday throughout the holiday season and only a limited number of rooms are available for this offer, so act today to reserve a place. To book this package deal, use promotional code S4B online or call 1-800-228-9290. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions and advanced reservations are required. To learn more, please visit for more information.

Greenway Plaza Hotel Takes One Giant Leap for Mankind with Shopping Package

$50 gift card to Houston Galleria, complimentary breakfast and free shuttle among perks offered with deal at Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel 

The Renaissance Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel boldly goes where no resort has gone before with the introduction of its newest, out-of-this-world deal.

The Greenway Plaza hotel, nestled in the heart of Space City, has joined forces with the Houston Galleria just in time for the holidays to present its Retail Therapy Package that provides deluxe AAA 4-Diamond accommodations from $169 to $189 per night plus a $50 gift card to the largest shopping domain in Texas. The special deal also includes complimentary breakfast for two, self parking and free transportation to and from the mall.

To take advantage of the Retail Therapy Package, travelers must book two consecutive night stays from Thursday through Sunday. Visit the hotel website, or Marriott’s hotel deals site (, and use promotional code Z89. The offer is good through October 17 of 2013. 

San Antonio Resort Celebrates the Holidays with the Spirit of the Texas Hill County

At the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 250,000 outdoor lights combine with music, food, Santa, hotel deals, and more. 

 The spirit of the season comes alive with JW Hill Country Holidays! Now celebrating its second year, this special program at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa makes the holidays fun and easy for the whole family. 2012 offers a new feature. JW Illumination will dazzle guests with over 250,000 twinkling lights choreographed to joyful holiday sounds. Resort guests and visitors will enjoy the outdoor wonderland with a complimentary cup of rich, hot cocoa – the perfect companion to a wintry night!

JW Hill Country Holidays offers guests a complete winter escape with traditional seasonal activities as well as new entertainment and adventures designed to make lasting memories.
  •     Polar Plunge! - Freezing weather, plus freezing water equals the perfect scenario for a polar bear or anyone brave enough to jump into the one non-heated pool JW reserved for those looking for a holiday blast! JW’s signature Polar Plunge rewards the fearless with a keepsake t-shirt and photo.
  •     Elf Tuck-Ins - Little ones will cherish a special Elf Tuck-in. By reservation, some of Santa’s best helpers will make a special visit your room to say goodnight.
  •     Family Activities - During the day, the whole family can enjoy story time with the JW Elves, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and numerous holiday crafts like Stuff n’ Fluff animals, holiday ornament decorating and gingerbread cookie and house decorating.
  •     The JW Holiday Card Contest will inspire your inner artist. Select artwork will be chosen to grace the JW Christmas Card Collection next year and winning families will be invited back to join us in 2013 for a complimentary night stay during JW Hill Country Holidays.
  •     JW Sounds of the Season is a line-up of musical performances by the Angel Chorus (local school choirs performing weekly), weekend Yuletide Carolers in the Crooked Branch Lounge, and Holiday Name that Tune contests for all ages.
  •     Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus - Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24 – Dec. 22. Enjoy breakfast at 18 Oaks with none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus. JW Elves will be there, as well as balloon artists. Each child will receive a special gift. $34 Adults / $20 Children ages 4 – 12 (Tax & Gratuity included)
  •     And don’t forget the treats! Cibolo Moon restaurant and bar will feature a Cranberry Mojito and the Pumpkin Patch Butterscotch cocktail and Lantana Spa offers sweet relief with the Chocolate Candy Cane pedicure and Sugar Cookie Scrub Body treatment.
Holiday rates offer significant savings and start at just $179. Or the Experience Your Way Hotel Package is $239 and includes $100 resort credit to be used towards F&B, spa, activities, etc. (Does not apply to resort fee.) Offers can be booked now and are available for stay Nov. 17 – Jan. 6. Discount starts at 36% savings for base rate. The Experience Your Way package represents a 51% savings.

Delray Beach Hotel Deals Ring in the New Year with Style

The Delray Beach Marriott Hotel invites guests to celebrate the New Year with two special hotel packages. 

Pop the champagne, bring friends and family, and celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of a New Year in style with the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel’s two new deals.

One of the most beloved Delray Beach hotels, the Delray Beach Marriott offers guests and locals two New Year’s Eve celebration packages, which complement perfectly time honored traditions like watching the ball drop and counting down to midnight.

The Grand Celebration package provides a touch of sophistication with the New Year’s Eve jubilee. Revelers will start their evening at the elegant Seacrest Ballroom, where a fabulous spread of food satisfies the taste buds as well as inspires a celebratory mood. Participants will fill their plates from a chilled seafood display, carving station, pasta and antipasti station, and sweet delectable from the chocolate fountain. Guests will need to eat a filling meal in order to power through the night’s schedule of dancing, live music, and watching the ball drop in Times Square at midnight. The Grand Celebration package starts at $100 per person, plus tax and gratuities.

For a more casual celebration, guests and locals can also select the Prix Fixe Menu at O’Grady’s Lounge, one of the premier Delray Beach restaurants. A four course selection of chef specialties helps carry guests into the New Year on a blissful culinary tour. After the satisfying meal, the celebration continues in the Seacrest Ballroom (admission fee of $20), with a champagne toast at midnight and special New Year’s Eve party favors to accompany the live music and dancing. The Prix Fixe menu costs between $38 and $48 per person, plus tax and gratuities.

For either package, interested parties should be sure to make reservations by calling 561-274-3219.
In addition, with all the food and festivities in one great location, the Delray Beach Marriott makes for a luxurious place to turn in when it’s the wee early hours of 2013, with attractive hotel rates and packages. So why not reserve a room and take the elevator home?

JW Marriott Tucson Hotel Creates Winter Wonderland for Guests

From Dec. 14-16, the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa celebrates the season with special events, holiday cheer and $100 daily resort credit 

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t found underneath the Christmas tree. Case in point: the Winter Wonderland Package at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, which includes memorable Christmas-themed events and $100 daily resort credit.

Available Dec. 14-16, the Winter Wonderland Package transforms the resort into something much better than any gift-wrapped present underneath a tree. The Tucson hotel’s stunning property puts on its holiday best with exciting Christmas-themed events, including:
  • Evening Elf Tuck-in
  • Craft-Making at Santa’s Workshop
  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Fast Pass to all Winter Wonderland Activities, including Christmas music performances, snow sledding, breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15 and much more
 Spend Christmas in Tucson this year with the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa and enjoy seasonal treats. To celebrate the season with this Tucson resort, use promotional code W39 online or call the hotel directly at 520-792-3500 for more information. The Winter Wonderland Packages start at $249 per room per night.

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa Offers a Week of Exclusive Locals Promotions to Celebrate “Top Five Las Vegas Resort” Honor from Condé Nast Traveler Readers

Celebrate @JWMarriottLV’s award as a @CNTraveler “Top 5 #Vegas Resort” w/ exclusive promos for locals Dec 1-8! 

 In the November 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa was honored as a “Top 5 Las Vegas Resort” in the prestigious travel magazine’s annual “Readers’ Choice Awards.” In celebration of the honor, the resort is inviting Las Vegas residents to experience the amenities coveted by the world’s most seasoned travelers with a week of exclusive promotions for locals Dec. 1 – 8.

With a record high of 46,476 readers participating in the 2012 “Readers’ Choice Awards,” Condé Nast Traveler elected approximately 1,300 properties and places around the world for this year’s final list.
For more information on room rates and specials, please call 877-869-8777 or visit    

Hollywood Beach Hotel Welcomes Football Fans for Orange Bowl with Special Deal

The Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel has figured out a way to improve on one of the oldest traditions in college football by offering something new.

To celebrate the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel is offering football fans and tailgaters a special Stay for Breakfast hotel deal, designed to kick off the morning with a blitz of delicious food. This Hollywood Beach hotel’s Stay for Breakfast Deal includes deluxe overnight accommodations and breakfast for two adults to the on-site Latitudes Restaurant.

Hill Country Resort Celebrates the Holiday Season with Special Events and Packages

The Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott brings guests the very best of the holiday season: warm weather, plenty of activities, and special packages perfect for Hill Country Christmas celebrations.

Santa’s Workshop
What family does not have fond memories of time spent with Santa Claus? Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Santa’s Workshop Package starts at $229 per family of four and includes:
  •     Standard accommodations
  •     Daily breakfast buffet in the Lantana Grill
  •     Access to Santa’s Workshop with hot chocolate, popcorn and a visit from Santa for a family photo
  •     Horse-drawn carriage ride for the family
  •     Round of golf on the Christmas Candy Cane Whitewater Course
Couples’ Holiday Enchantment Package
Delight in a special getaway for two with the Couples’ Holiday Enchantment package. Rates starting at $299 per couple and includes:

  •     Standard accommodations
  •     Complimentary valet parking
  •     Complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival
  •     A romantic horse-drawn carriage ride
  •     A complimentary in-room movie
  •     Breakfast in bed
  •     Turndown service
  •     Horseshoe Bay Resort Christmas ornament
  •     Extended checkout
Winterfest Concert Series Package
The holiday season gets into a jingle bell swing with a special concert series at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott. Rates start at $249 per couple and includes:

  •     Standard accommodations
  •     Daily breakfast buffet in the Lantana Grill
  •     Concert tickets for two
  •     Signature buffet dinner for two before the featured concert
  •     Twenty percent discount off selected spa services, spa retail and fitness items in Bayside Spa
  •     Fifty percent discount off golf fees after 11 a.m. on one of three Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses

Featured artists and dates:

  •     VocaLibre – The Texas State University ensemble features popular musical styles including vocal jazz, blues, swing tunes, hip-hop, transcriptions of instrumental works and more. Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
  •     Hard Day’s Night – One of the few touring Beatles tribute bands that has actually performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, Hard Day’s Night performs Dec. 8, 8:30 p.m.
  •     Charlie Brown Christmas Production – Join the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Artistic Director Michelle Schumann, Utah Hamrick and David Sierra to hear the iconic music performed live. The program will also feature additional song arrangements by Vince Guaraldi. A perfect concert for kids and adults. Dec. 14, 8 p.m.
One of the best places to celebrate a Hill Country Christmas, the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott welcomes everyone to take part in these special events and celebrate the season. Book these holiday packages online at

Provo Hotel Announces Completion of New Restaurant and Lounge

Travelers and locals alike have a new place to experience exceptional cuisine and a warm environment conducive to friendly conversation and merriment—all at the Provo Marriott Hotel & Convention Center’s new restaurant and lounge.

Great food has always brought people together, and the Marriott Provo hotel’s newest Slate restaurant embodies that idea. Experience the delicious food and warm environment for yourself. For more information, visit

Seattle Airport Hotel Offers Gem of a Deal With Its Latest Parking Package

The road to the airport in the Emerald City is paved with good intentions, especially since the latest deal offered by the Seattle Airport Marriott has taken flight.

The SeaTac hotel is offering three versions of its Park Here ‘n Fly There hotel package that will lift travelers’ spirits by saving them money – anywhere from $28 to $35 per day – given the current parking prices at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and valet parking allows guests to save their vacation money from a pricey cab.

Jetsetters can take advantage of the Park Here ‘n Fly There package from now through September 16, 2013 by using promotional code PSF when booking their overnight stays.

Hotel on Riverwalk Partners with San Antonio Museum for Mummies of the World Exhibit

Everything is bigger in Texas, from the hotel rooms to the museum exhibits. The Witte Museum’s Mummies of the World exhibit presents the largest collection of genuine mummies and related artifacts ever collected. Guests staying at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter have a special opportunity to visit this unique exhibit.
Available now until January 27, 2013, the Experience Mummies of the World hotel deal at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter offers guests comfortable overnight accommodations, two adult and two children tickets to the Witte Museum exhibit and complimentary self-parking.

The Experience Mummies of the World deal can be booked online using promotional code CUE or by calling 1-800-228-9290. This deal is available seven days a week. Other restrictions apply. For more information, visit

San Antonio Riverwalk Hotels Light Up the Holiday Season with Special Low Rates

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotels get into the holiday spirit with an amazing light display, a special holiday rate of just $119/night, and donations to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Two Marriott hotels on the Riverwalk invite guests to enjoy a special low rate and an amazing holiday display, all while helping out a great cause.

The Room For Sharing event taking places at both the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk hotels discounts holiday hotel stays to just $119/night on special dates while including complimentary self-parking. Furthermore, 100% of the room revenues from both of these hotels will go to the Express-News Charitable Foundation and the Children’s Miracle Network benefiting the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

To reserve this special San Antonio hotel deal, mention the promotional code RFS and call 1-800-648-4462. Offer only available on specific dates. For more information, visit or

San Antonio Hotel Encourages Guests to Experience City While Saving Big

The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk has teamed up with more than 50 partners to help visitors to its culture-rich city have tons of fun without spending loads of cash.

The San Antonio hotel will offer deluxe accommodations starting at $119 per night (regular rates usually start at $169) as part of the San Antonio Vacation Experience. The SAVE program offers discounts and special deals for many of the city’s most popular attractions as well as provides a roadmap of popular things to do in San Antonio.

To take advantage of this offer, visit the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk hotel’s online SAVE deal page and use promotional code L9Z to book. Or call 800-228-9290.

New Breakfast Deal Feeds Excitement at Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Texas

Whether rounding up steer, leading a high-powered meeting or simply lounging around on vacation, all guests of The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel need one thing: breakfast.

The downtown Fort Worth hotel celebrates the most important meal of the day with a fresh new deal that will whet the appetites of even the most cost-conscious consumers. The Bed and Breakfast Package offers deluxe accommodations on a Friday or Saturday from $169 to $219 per night along with breakfast for two adults and up to two children 12 and under at the hotel’s popular Vidalias restaurant. The deal also includes complimentary use of the hotel’s expansive Health Club and indoor pool.

Travelers hungry for a good deal can take advantage of the Bed and Breakfast Package, one of the freshest Fort Worth hotel deals available. Book for Friday or Saturday night stays by using promotional code S4B online at or by calling 1-800-228-9290 from now through Oct. 17. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hotel in Opelika Offers Special Package for Holiday Shoppers

As retailers announce Black Friday sales and holiday shopping deals, shoppers have begun assembling their lists and looking for the best value—but one factor many shopping experts fail to consider is stress.

Fortunately, one hotel in Opelika, AL is offering the retail savvy a chance to relax and enjoy great shopping.
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Auburn Opelika Hotel welcomes holiday shoppers with a special hotel deal designed to kick start the holiday shopping while providing plenty of relaxation. Guests staying between November 18 and December 31 can receive a special $20 VISA gift card (blackout dates may apply). This $20 gift card can be applied to any number of great stores located just minutes from the hotel in Opelika.

From the comforts of this Opelika hotel, guests will discover fabulous shopping promoting the hottest deals of the season at Tiger Town. The shopping area is abundant with potential holiday shopping deals from stores like Best Buy, Target, Old Navy, Zales Jewelers, Kohl’s and more. From door busters to great everyday savings, these stores offer holiday shoppers a retail paradise. After hitting sale after sale, visitors should be sure to grab some food from nearby restaurants, including Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jersey Mike’s
Subs, and more, providing energy-restoring food so bargain hunters can keep searching for the season’s best deals.

After crossing off the holiday shopping lists, shoppers can return to the Opelika hotel and enjoy spacious accommodations. Each of the guest rooms offers a private getaway, a perfect place to relax and restore after a successful shopping spree. Enjoy plush beds and complimentary Internet access, in-room coffee maker, and 32” television with premium channels.

To reserve this special shopping package, simply book a hotel room between November 18 and December 31, 2012, and select the shopping package online, or call the hotel and ask for the Escape Shopping Package. Rooms must be booked 48 hours in advance. Blackout dates are November 29-December 1 and December 6-8. For more information, visit

Two Franklin Hotels Invite Guests to get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping

With the holiday season quickly approaching, shoppers are busy finalizing their lists and checking it twice, while scouring for the best retail deals. Fortunately, two Franklin hotels announced today that savvy holiday shoppers looking for a last-minute getaway can also knock out their gift list with a special shopping package.
Located next to fantastic shopping destinations and offering some of the most comfortable hotel rooms in Franklin, the Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs and the Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs Hotels have prepared for Black Friday and the official start of the holidays shopping season with the Shop Til’ You Drop Package. Available at both hotels in Franklin, this special offer features a standard guest room and a $50 gift card to Cool Springs Galleria, home to fabulous stores.

Just minutes from the comfort of their luxurious accommodations guests will discover a sprawling center for all things stylish and en vogue: the Cool Springs Galleria. Boasting over 150 specialty stores, this popular shopping destination features the latest styles from retailers like Banana Republic, Macy’s, Gap, and Ann Taylor to name a few. Have a few people on the holiday guest list that aren’t into fashion? Worry not: the Apple Store, Best Buy Mobile, GameStop and plenty of other genres of retailers all call the Cool Springs Galleria home.

During the retail frenzy, be sure to stop by the expansive food court or sit down for a breather at Buca di Beppo, serving fine Italian cuisine.

With purchases in hand, guests will return to the comforts and luxury found at both of these Marriott hotels near Cool Springs Galleria. Both of these hotels are renowned for their in-room and on-site amenities, from plush beds and spacious rooms to fabulous dining and fitness center. At both properties, guests can connect to complimentary wireless Internet access.

Start knocking out the holiday shopping list while enjoying the comforts of exceptional hotels in Franklin, Tennessee. Book the Shop Til’ You Drop package at either the Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs Hotel or the Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs Hotel today.

This shopping package is available from now until December 31, 2012, Friday through Sunday. To reserve this deal, use promotional code SHO online or call 1-800-228-9290. Advanced reservation is required. Other restrictions apply.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Near Universal Extends Popular Holiday Shopping Deal

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando is adding all of its guests to the “good” list this year and giving out the gift of savings.

One of the most popular Universal Orlando hotels, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando has extended its best-selling Shopping Package through the holiday season. Now guests can cross off family and friends from their holiday shopping list while saving some serious cash.

This Universal Orlando hotel has once again teamed up with Orlando Premium Outlets® to offer deluxe accommodations plus a few perks that will encourage all holiday bargain hunters to get out and shop. The deal, starting at $119 per night, includes a $50 gift card to the center, a free VIP coupon book valued at $5.00 plus complimentary transportation to Orlando Premium Outlets® - International Dr. The coupon book discounts the already impressive savings to be found at 150 stores including Ann Taylor, Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry, Coach, Gap Outlet, Kenneth Cole, Prada, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and more.

Quickly finish holiday shopping with this popular Orlando Premium Outlet hotel’s special shopping deal. The expansive outlet center offers a collection of the biggest names in fashion, accessories, home goods and more. Discover the season’s latest fashion trends and skip giving the bad holiday sweater this year; instead, opt for a fashionable coat Wilsons Leather or Banana Republic Factory Store. Accessorize at Michael Kors with trendy purses and shoes, or give the athlete on your shopping list a pair of new shoes from the Adidas store. These are just a few of the hundreds of potential gift ideas just waiting at the Orlando Premium

With holiday shopping finished, visitors can retire to one of 96 spacious rooms or 20 suites featuring luxury bedding and cotton-rich linens along with high-definition cable TV with HBO, free Wi-Fi and in-room hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Other hotel amenities include continental breakfast, an outdoor pool and whirlpool and onsite fitness center.

Take advantage of this special holiday shopping package at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Hotel. Reserve this offer today and beat the holiday shopping rush.

Visitors seeking the Shopping Package must book a minimum two-night stay and should use promotional code ZH4. This deal is available from now until May 23, 2013. For more information, visit

Two San Antonio Riverwalk Hotels Have Keys to Successful Meeting Planning

An international magazine targeting 50,000 event planners has named two San Antonio Riverwalk hotels among the world’s finest meeting properties.

The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk have each earned a 2012 Gold Key Award from Meetings & Conventions magazine. Readers of M&C were the nominators and judges for the prestigious honor given to 146 domestic and 17 international hotels and resorts this year. Properties including the San Antonio, TX, hotels were judged on staff attitude, quality of meeting rooms, quality of guest services, food and beverage service, proficiency of handling reservations, availability of technical and support equipment and range of recreational facilities.

“As you can see from the criteria, this is truly a team effort for the entire hotel,” said Julia Turcotte, director of event management and a certified meeting planner for Marriott. “Congratulations to the sales, event and culinary teams for their spirit to serve and commitment to providing warm heart authentic culture to all of our group customers.”

The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter has now won the award 20 times. The 1000-room hotel features 63 meeting rooms with 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Its largest meeting room, the Grand Ballroom, has 41,600 square feet that can seat up to 6,400 people. A newly renovated foyer with ample room for pre- or post-function activities welcomes convention goers, as do back-lit reader boards strategically placed throughout the floor. Amenities throughout all meeting spaces include state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, exceptional event menus, certified meeting coordinators and full-service tech support so that all presentations are engaging and successful.

One of the grandest structures in San Antonio, the Marriott Rivercenter also was recently included in Cvent’s top 100 list of meeting hotels in the United States. The largest event management software company in the country honored the San Antonio meeting space for its combination of luxury, privacy, service and amenities.

The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk has been a Meetings & Conventions Gold Key recipient 14 times. The 512-room facility boasts 15 meeting rooms with 14,976 square feet of flexible meeting space. Its Alamo Ballroom is the largest meeting room with 9,800 square feet for 1,100 attendees and features state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Convention rooms all have wireless Internet access, sophisticated and elegant décor and provide breathtaking views of the famous river walk.

About the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter on the San Antonio Riverwalk features 38 floors with recently renovated rooms and suites. The hotel is connected to Rivercenter Mall and is near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The facility includes an onsite restaurant serving Latin- and Spanish-infused cuisine, Starbucks, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor/outdoor pool. For information, visit 

About the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk  The San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk sports 30 floors with a recently renovated lobby. The hotel is across the street from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The facility includes an onsite restaurant serving Tex-Mex cuisine, Starbucks, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor/outdoor pool. For information, visit

Downtown Denver Hotel’s Retail Therapy Package Strikes Chord with Shopaholics

It’s no snow job! The Denver Marriott City Center has extended one of its most popular week-end packages just in time for the holidays.

The downtown Denver hotel’s Experience Shopping Package continues a partnership with Cherry Creek Shopping Center that affords shopaholics deluxe AAA 4-Diamond accommodations plus a VIP discount passport that can be used at more than 160 stores at the upscale shopping plaza. The deal includes complimentary breakfast for two and valet parking for one car all at special rates from $144 to $244 per night.

Shoppers of all ages will find plenty of gifts suitable for Christmas and Hanukkah giving – and receiving – at Cherry Creek Shopping Center with 40 exclusive stores including Tiffany and Co., Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Juicy Couture and Coach. The shopping center, situated about 3.5 miles southeast of downtown, features Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Nordstrom as anchor stores along with retailers such as Build-A-Bear Workshop, Montblanc, Kiehl’s and Hyde Park for more unique gifts. The full-service mall treats visitors to Doc Popcorn, Cinnabon and Wetzel’s Pretzels for quick snacks but also has plenty of sit-down restaurants such as Elway’s, Kona Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille and California Pizza Kitchen for an enjoyable lunch or dinner.

After hitting the retail therapy hard, guests of the hotel in Denver, Co., can make use of some much-needed relaxation therapy by unwinding at the upscale D-Spot Lounge, where 20 martinis are the specialties of the house. A trip to the hotel’s relaxing indoor pool with hot tub and steam room also may be in order before a good night’s sleep.

The pinnacle of tranquility comes as guests settle into one of 599 luxurious rooms with spectacular views of downtown and the Rocky Mountains. Custom duvets, down comforters and cotton-rich sheets on extra soft king and double beds will envelop the tired and weary as they rest their heavy heads on plenty of fluffy down and feather pillows. Large LCD TVs, in-room coffee makers, separate sleeping and sitting areas and large writing desks with ergonomic chairs provide the comforts of home, while Bath and Body Works products in the bathroom and soundproof windows pamper the pooped-out patron.

Guests who sleep in and take advantage of the hotel’s noon check-out time can still enjoy their complimentary breakfasts for two, as Allie’s American Grill serves its freshly prepared dishes and a casual buffet into the early afternoon on most days.

The Denver hotel deal, available Thursday through Sunday, must include a Friday or Saturday night stay. Visitors can book reservations by March 31, 2013 and must use promotional code SHO to cash in on all of the perks offered with the Retail Therapy Package.

Downtown Dallas Hotel Celebrates the Arts with Attractive New Deal

The fall and holiday season of performing arts attractions is underway in downtown Dallas, and just in time the Dallas Marriott City Center hotel is offering patrons of the arts an exhilarating Performing Arts Package. The hotel deal is designed for visitors who want to soak up the local culture and enjoy living the high life of luxury, if even just for a couple of nights. The tantalizing deal features deluxe accommodations from $189 per night along with breakfast for two at Centric Bar & Grille, complimentary valet parking for one vehicle and a map of the Big D.

Travelers will find a wonderful variety of performing arts possibilities within a 20-minute radius of the heart of the vibrant Dallas Arts District, including:

-“The Nutcracker” at Dallas Children’s Theater’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts (Nov. 16-Dec. 23)
-“A Dickens Christmas Carol” at Kalita Humphreys Theater (Nov. 21-Dec. 23)
-“Batman Live – World Arena Tour” at the American Airlines Center (Dec. 12-16)
-“Cirque Dreams: Holidaze” at Winspear Opera House (Dec. 18-23)
-“Catch Me If You Can” at the Music Hall at Fair Park (Feb. 12-24)
-“Wicked” at the Music Hall at Fair Park (April 10-May 5)
-“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at the Music Hall at Fair Park (May 14-26)
-One-time performances by Lady Gaga (Jan. 29 at American Airlines Center), Pink (Feb. 22 at American Airlines Center), Quebe Sisters Band (March 29 at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center) and One Direction (July 22 at American Airlines Center)

After being dazzled and wowed by a heart-warming performance or first-class show, patrons of the arts will enjoy the convenience of Marriott’s downtown Dallas hotel ( and its 389 newly renovated rooms designed for ultimate comfort. One king or two double beds will call out to guests with down comforters, designer duvets and plenty of fluffy pillows. Other high-end amenities offered at the Dallas Marriott City Center include 37-inch LCD flat-panel TVs, high speed Internet, spacious work desks with ergonomic chairs, in-room coffee and tea service, Marriott plug-in technology, plush bathrobes and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers.

Guests will enjoy dining in after a night out, with savory breakfast dishes made with the freshest ingredients from local producers. Centric Bar & Grill serves everything from fresh blueberry pancakes and crunchy French toast to an array of omelets and braised short rib hash with cage-free fried eggs.
To take advantage of the Dallas hotel deal’s sweet perks, guests can book rooms seven days a week through Aug. 6, 2013 by using promotional code E0N for the Performing Arts Package.

Luxury Fort Worth Hotel Mixes Culture with Comfort for Special Weekend Stays

Mix the city of cowboys and culture with the luxury of The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel and guests have the perfect recipe for a hot Southern night in the middle of fall.

That’s just what the downtown Fort Worth hotel has cooked up with its Southern Nights Package, a Fort Worth hotel deal featuring deluxe accommodations from $179 to $229 per night. The Texas-sized hospitality includes a three-course dinner and non-alcoholic beverage for two at Vidalias restaurant and complimentary use of the hotel’s health club and indoor pool now through April 30, 2013.

Just as Fort Worth prides itself on venues such as Bass Performance Hall, Sundance Square and the Stockyards, Vidalias boasts of its Southern comfort meals featuring the freshest and finest home-grown ingredients including Burgundy pasture beef from Grandview, Genes Greens micro-greens from Keller and Velhuizen cheeses from Dublin. Texas native and executive chef James Morris spent time at the Turtle Cove and Dallas Parkway Hilton before bringing his strong belief of the Slow Food Movement to the kitchen at Vidalias.

This official Go Texan restaurant, as recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture, serves up entrees such as pecan crusted chicken, grilled salmon, chicken fried steak, shrimp and grits and blackened rib-eyes. As part of the Southern Nights deal, diners also can enjoy mesquite BBQ buffalo brisket sliders, shrimp cocktail and fried green tomatoes from a list of several appetizers along with decadent desserts ranging from key lime pie and strawberry shortcake to bread pudding featuring Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Tollhouse chocolate brownies surrounded by Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.

After indulging in the Texas-sized dinner, visitors can get a little exercise while taking in the shops and attractions of Sundance Square, grabbing a beer or margarita at the Fort Worth Stockyards or catching a show or performance at the sophisticated Bass Hall. Guests also can check out a perk that sets the Southern Nights package apart from other Fort Worth hotel deals: a state-of-the-art fitness facility with treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes along with tons of free weights, indoor swimming and hydrotherapy pools and a rooftop sundeck.

Spectacular views of downtown Fort Worth will then envelop weary visitors as they retire in style and luxury to one of 474 rooms designed in a tasteful Western style. Each features comfortable bedding with custom duvets, down comforters and plenty of fluffy pillows. Other high-end amenities at the Stockyards hotel known as the star of Texas include flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet, spacious desks, Marriott plug-in technology and in-room coffee and tea service.

To take advantage of the Southern Nights Package, guests must book rooms for a Friday and/or Saturday night stay and use promotional code ZJ8.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and TPC San Antonio to Host Top PGA Tour Players at 2012 AT&T Championship

The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa and TPC San Antonio announced today the launch of preparations for the AT&T Championship on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour. Celebrating its second year at TPC San Antonio, the highly acclaimed JW Marriott San Antonio Spa & Resort, and its twenty-eighth year on the PGA TOUR, the AT&T Championship hosts some of the sport’s most accomplished players.

“We are thrilled to host these legends of golf,” said JW Marriott San Antonio general manager, Arthur Coulombe. “This property was designed to be the ultimate destination for world-class golf and the PGA TOUR now stops here twice a year. We are honored to have these notable players stay with us and challenge Pete Dye’s Canyon Course.”

The 2012 Champions Tour event is the 28th annual tournament, all of which have been held in San Antonio. The AT&T Championship recently announced the commitments of a long lineage of past champions of the tournament, including Phil Blackmar, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Mark McNulty, Dana Quigley, Rod Spittle and Craig Stadler. The event will be held at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course from October 22-28, 2012 and, for the third year in a row, tickets and parking are free. San Antonio area non-profit organizations will be distributing tickets to the general public leading up to the tournament as a part of the Champions “FORE” Charities Ticket Program. Fans may also pick up tickets at the gate during tournament days or visit for more information.

In honor of the AT&T Championship, the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort & Spa is offering a special Experience Golf hotel package through the remainder of the year. Now golf fans can play where the professionals and private members play with significant savings. EXPERIENCE TOTAL TPC Golf for 1 Package starts at $284, or bring a second player for the EXPERIENCE TOTAL TPC Golf for 2 Package, starting at $359. Access to TPC San Antonio is reserved for members and guests of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

These Stay & Play Golf Packages include:
  •     Room Accommodations - 1 king or 2 double beds
  •     Unlimited rounds of golf for one/two on the private TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks and AT&T Canyons Courses daily
  •     Golf Cart and range balls
  •     Breakfast at 18 Oaks at the TPC San Antonio Clubhouse
  •     10% Discount at the Golf Shop
  •     TPC San Antonio Welcome gift
The walk-up rate for golf is regularly $175 per round. This package represents a starting savings of $340 in amenities per night or more than 45% off total value. For reservations and information please visit

Opened in January 2010, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa brings a new level of luxury to the legendary Texas Hill Country. Set on 600 picturesque acres of rolling hills, meandering creeks and Live Oak trees the resort was recently named a Travel + Leisure’s 2012 T+L 500 World’s Best Hotel and 2012 Top 10 Hotel for Value Overall.

The Ultimate Golf Experience
TPC San Antonio at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country is pleased to be included among the best courses in America. In addition to being named a Top 75 Golf Resort by Golf Digest and one of the Best Courses You Can Play by Golf Week, the PGA Tour chooses to stop here twice a year for the PGA TOUR Valero Texas Open and the AT&T Championship. (Only Pebble Beach and Sawgrass are similarly honored). The Pete Dye-designed Canyons course is perfect for the casual player, while the Greg Norman-designed Oaks course is as challenging as it is scenic. The club is private and only accessible to members and resort guests.

Exhilarating Features for the Entire Family
Day or night, resort activities will keep guests of all ages entertained. The River Bluffs Water Experience, a six-acre water park, includes thrilling water rides and multiple activity pools. All are heated for year-round enjoyment. Other unique activities include Segway tours, trail bike rides, GPS ecoventures, evening s’mores at the fire pits, star-gazing parties and nightlife nature walks.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation
For those who need a recharge, the Resort’s 26,000 square-foot Lantana Spa offers 30 treatment rooms and a complete fitness center and movement studio featuring yoga and fitness classes. Spa guests will enjoy the peaceful serenity of the spa’s heated, lagoon-like pool, healthy refreshments at Replenish Spa Bistro or the perfect indulgence at the spa’s boutique.

Cuisine – Texas Style, Mexico Certified
The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa offers fresh, sustainable, and organic fare at seven distinct dining options. 18 Oaks, at the TPC San Antonio clubhouse showcases traditional steakhouse prime cuts and sweeping views of the AT&T Oaks Course. High Velocity Sports Bar, the Resort’s media rich sports venue, places guests right in the middle of the action with wall-to-wall multi-media screens. Cibolo Moon, the resort’s main restaurant, offers guests an authentic taste of Texas and a true Mexico Tequila experience. Cibolo Moon is the first restaurant in Texas to become "T" certified by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT) or Tequila Regulatory Council of Mexico. The signature Tequila bar features more than 100 Tequilas, and specializes in infusions formulated by the resident Tequila master.

Indian Wells Resort Showcases Newly Renovated Guest Rooms with “Stay Your Way Package”

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa just completed a multi-million dollar guest room and guest corridor renovation, creating special spaces for guests to call home during their stay. The modernly mid-century design was inspired by the history of the Palm Springs area, incorporating indigenous architectural elements and landscape imagery.

The guest room furnishings, carpeting, wall coverings and lighting were selected in desert serene hues, creating havens of sophisticated relaxation. In addition to the hard-wire and wireless Internet availability, tech savvy amenities were added to each room including lamps with multiple plug-in capability and iHome systems with iPod docking stations.

To showcase the new guest rooms, Renaissance Esmeralda invites guests to experience with the Stay Your Way Package which includes $100 in resort credit (to be used towards dining and spa) and introductory rates starting at $179 per night. “We want our guests to enjoy the rooms and our amenities, whether its dinner and a movie in-room or lunch poolside with après-spa to complete the day,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Kathy Daw. To book this package, please call (800) 321-1508 or visit and quote promotion code I24.

“The Renaissance brand has done an outstanding job laying out a design foundation with functionality and creativity blended together and we have used this as our framework to design true havens that are welcoming and fun,” shares Daw.                                                       

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, a member of the Marriott group, invites guests to “Live Life to Discover” within a distinctive desert setting. Located in the prestigious community of Indian Wells and nestled into the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the four-star Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa is a highly sought after location for social events and meetings, boasting 560 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites along with more than 100,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, all of which feature breathtaking views of the mountains or pool area. The resort offers award-winning dining and entertainment options, luxurious spa and salon with state-of-the-art fitness center, unique pool experience with sandy beach and waterfalls, Camp Oasis Kids Club and world-class tennis and golf amenities nearby.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, 44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210-8708, (760) 773-4444. Follow Renaissance Esmeralda on Facebook at and Twitter at

Guests at Hollywood Beach Hotel Drop Anchor for Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

From October 25-29, guests staying at the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel can set sail to the 53rd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Located just fifteen minutes from the show, this Hollywood hotel near Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to stay while enjoying all of the water-based excitement. Hundreds of boats will be present at the show, which covers an amazing 3 million square feet of space across six locations and features everything from runabouts and sportfishers to high performance boats and super yachts.

Furthermore, boat enthusiasts will have an easy time getting from location to location, as bus shuttles, water taxis and riverboats easily transport visitors from the different venues. This way, guests will not only get to appreciate the watercraft, but also take advantage of their practical usage as well!

After a day at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, guests can return to the welcoming Hollywood Beach Hotel. An ideal location makes this Marriott property an ideal choice for boat show goers. Beyond the convenient location, the Hollywood Beach hotel features spacious guest rooms with the latest amenities, including wireless Internet access, stylish décor and balconies in many rooms with views of the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.

Buy your tickets for the 53rd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and book a stay at the Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel today!