ConventionSouth

APR 2014

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A P R I L 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 brings outdoor spaces, a pool, workout facility, compli- mentary shuttle service within a three-mile ra- dius, two conference rooms, business center and other upper-end amenities. Guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and guest rooms have Keurig coffee sta- tion, free bottled water and more. South Carolina Transformed Crowne Plaza Reopens, Adding To Area's Growing Offerings GREENVILLE—South Carolina's Upcountry has another reason to celebrate after the recent comple- tion of a full renovation of the Crowne Plaza Greenville. Part of a growing meetings infra- structure in Greenville and nearby Spartanburg, the Crown Plaza is lo- cated directly off Greenville's I-385 inner loop and offers 6,500 square feet of meeting space, including a 4,200-square-foot ballroom. Enhancements include a contem- porary redesign and a new bar with an all-day dining menu provided by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Texas Earthy Tones, Sense Of Arrival & Business Amenities In Guest Rooms Tops Hotel's Renovations ARLINGTON—The Hilton Arlington Hotel, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, has wrapped up a multimil- lion-dollar renovation that refreshed all 308 guest rooms and public areas, meeting space and exterior facade as well as bringing a new restaurant R Bar & Grill. The redesign incorporates Hilton's earthy design palette of blues, browns and beige hues. "From arrival into a refreshingly new, open lobby concept to end- ing the day in new guest room accommodations that feature contemporary work spaces, the Hilton Arlington guest will leave feeling accomplished and well rested," says James Shandor, general manager. Room amenities include free WiFi, mini-fridge, iHome alarm clocks, and a laptop-sized safe. West Virginia Four Points By Sheraton Now Open Along The Kanawha River CHARLESTON—Four Points by Sheraton Charleston is ready for business after completing a com- prehensive renovation to trans- form the Charleston House Hotel. Offering views of the Kanawha River and located near the Charleston Civic Center, the hotel is Starwood's first property to open in West Virginia and offers 176 guest rooms and suites, 12,000 square feet of meet- ing space and full-service dining. Guests will find signature year-round amenities like free bottled water, free Internet access in all guest rooms and free WiFi in all public areas. ■ Big Changes Set For Grand Biloxi Casino Free WiFi Access Hilton Arlington's New Look Mississippi Casino Resort BILOXI, Miss.—The Mississippi Gulf Coast will soon offer a new reason to draw groups to the region when the Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel and Spa transforms this spring to Harrahʼs Gulf Coast. The transformation will include a redesign of the casino floor, hotel room upgrades and a new fine-dining restaurant by celebrity chef Kelly English, a boardwalk and entertainment lawn. The additions complement the propertyʼs existing offerings, including an award-winning golf course, the Bellissimo Spa and an outdoor pool. The new bar will have large windows and doors to afford guests a view of the pool oasis (pictured above). "The energetic and welcoming atmosphere of Harrahʼs fits per- fectly with the culture our dedicated team," said Jonathan Jones, senior vice president and general manager of Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel and Spa. ■ Free Bottled Water Smart Idea At last month's Xsite show for meeting planners in Talla- hassee, tissue paper added to registration bags added a fun splash of color. 01-07 CS APRIL 2014.e$S_Layout 1 3/27/14 3:25 PM Page 7

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