Industry Icons Mark the Pairing of Two World-Renowned American Brands as Arnold Palmer & Bill Marriott Open SpringHill Suites Latrobe in Palmer’s Hometown
LATROBE, Pa., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Golfing legend Arnold Palmer and hospitality industry icon Bill Marriott teamed up to celebrate the opening of the SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Latrobe hotel in Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite brand that focuses on design and style, providing travelers a refreshing experience on their journey.
Located at 115 Arnold Palmer Drive, the 109-room, all-suite, LEED -certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) hotel is a joint venture between Palmer Hospitality, L.P., Concord Hospitality Enterprises, one of the nation’s top-ranked hotel developer/owner/operators, and private investor Keith H. McGraw of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Concord Hospitality developed and will operate the hotel.
The new hotel bears the unique distinction of being the only hotel to offer guests an exclusive opportunity to play at Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club, a members-only golf club less than a mile from the hotel, where Palmer learned to play. SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Latrobe is the latest of many economic and civic contributions that Palmer has made to the community where he was born and has spent much of his life.
“For years, I’ve wanted to build a hotel to complement the country club, and because this is my hometown, it was important to me that I partner with the right developer and the right operator and choose the right brand,” Palmer said. “I found all of that with Marriott’s SpringHill Suites brand and Concord Hospitality. We all share the same philosophy and outlook in terms of guest care, attention to detail and community involvement.”
A devoted philanthropist, Palmer’s local endeavors include The University Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Arnold Palmer Pavilion and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, a community park dedicated to his late wife.
“I understand and appreciate Arnie’s dedication and deep connection to this area. It is an honor for us to be a part of this special destination,” said Marriott. “Concord is a great owner and operator of many of our Marriott branded hotels. I am proud to be a member of this great threesome.”
“The mid-priced, all-suite hotel concept is ideal for this market,” explained Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites. “Our spacious suites with separate areas for sleeping, working and relaxing are well-suited for golfers and other leisure guests, as well as for business travelers visiting the area.”
“For golfers, the Latrobe Country Club is a bucket-list destination, and to work with Arnold Palmer on this uniquely personal hotel endeavor is indeed a career highlight for me and a significant milestone for Concord,” noted Mark Laport, president of Concord Hospitality.
Palmer’s involvement with the hotel is evident the minute guests walk through the door. At the front desk, they are greeted by a mural of a brilliant green golf tee with an autographed, giant ball. The lobby itself is a showcase of Palmer memorabilia, including quotes and letters spanning his storied career, a replica of his Masters trophy, and a glass-top table embedded with bag tags from courses and tournaments around the world. The golf theme is carried out on each floor’s elevator lobby where floor to ceiling murals, featuring a montage of the world’s most famous courses, are depicted. In the bar, guests can enjoy viewing Palmer’s commemorative golf bag from the 1960 U.S. Open Championship and several pair of golf shoes.
The hotel’s board room features handsomely framed photos and letters from U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, reflecting Palmer’s prominence in American culture over the decades.
Unique to SpringHill Suites Latrobe is the 19(th) Hole cocktail lounge, created exclusively with golfers in mind. The hotel also offers the brand’s signature, complimentary hot breakfast, SpringHill Suites’ way of making sure guests have a good start to their day. The hotel offers a 24-hour market, business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, fitness center and two additional meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 40 people.
For business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay, the 109-suite hotel offers everything from furniture to lighting that provides a calm and refreshing alternative to traditional hotels. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces assure guests have flexibility and ease. A comfortable pullout sofa bed offers additional space for relaxation or extra family members. The new hotel’s spacious guest bathrooms feature marble-top vanity, iridescent tile walls and creative lighting features, all of which help to reenergize and revive. Free high-speed Internet access and WiFi allow guests to remain connected at all times.
The smoke-free SpringHill Suites Latrobe is conveniently located for guests attending Latrobe Country Club events, as well as visitors to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, St. Vincent College, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Frank Lloyd-Wright’s Fallingwater, Idlewild and SoakZone amusement parks, historic Ligonier and the year-round activities in the Laurel Highland Mountains.
About Palmer Hospitality, L.P.
Palmer Hospitality, L.P., is an entity created by Arnold Palmer, the golf professional whose legendary career includes 92 national and international championships, 62 of them on the regular PGA Tour during his prime playing years. These followed an impressive formative amateur career that peaked with his victory in the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship. Most prominent among the professional titles were four Masters, two British Opens and the memorable U.S. Open Championship at Cherry Hills in 1960. For nearly a half century, Palmer has been one of the best-known sportsmen and businessmen in the world.
About Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, an award-winning hotel management and development company based in Raleigh, N.C., manages or has under construction more than 80 hotels, offering more than 11,000 guest rooms in 25 states and two Canadian provinces. The company operates hotels and resorts under such well-known industry elite brands as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, IHG and Choice Hotels, as well as select independent boutique hotels. Formed in 1985, Concord recently was ranked as one of the top management companies in the U.S. by independent sources. Concord properties are some of the most awarded hotels in the country, having won a number of top honors for operating and development excellence in the past two years alone, including Marriott’s Hotel of the Year and Developer of the Year, and Best Opening of the Year awards.
About SpringHill Suites by Marriott
SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite brand that offers design and style at an affordable price, appealing to both business and leisure travelers. Ranked highest in the Guest Satisfaction Study for the Upscale Brand Segment by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study, the brand features spacious suites and smart layouts that allow guests to relax and reenergize. Bright and inviting lobbies offer the ideal venue to conduct casual meetings or socialize. Launched in 1998, the brand currently has nearly 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit www.springhillsuites.com or become a fan at www.facebook.com/springhillsuites.
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