WASHINGTON, DC (August 2011) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded the California offerings within its distinctive portfolio of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts with additions in Napa and San Jose, with The Meritage Resort and Spa and Hotel Valencia Santana Row respectively. The AAA Four-Diamond Meritage Resort and Spa is undergoing a dramatic $40 million expansion of rooms and meeting spaces which is slated for completion in Spring 2012. The AAA Four-Diamond Hotel Valencia Santana Row is situated in the heart of the vibrant Santana Row urban oasis in Silicon Valley. The two properties will now receive dedicated National Sales services and support by ALHI and its professional sales force throughout North America to the meetings and incentive marketplace.
ALHI (www.alhi.com) is a prestigious dues-based membership National Sales Organization (NSO), which represents more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts to meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists and business executives interested in conducting successful face-to-face programs at upper-upper-tier and luxury-level member properties. There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to utilize the NSO services, expertise, and account advocacy of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the National Sales Organization to serve planners with local professionals.
Hotel Valencia Santana Row and The Meritage Resort and Spa become ALHI’s 19th and 20th members in California, joining such distinctive members in ALHI’s portfolio as La Costa Resort and Spa (Carlsbad/San Diego), Hotel del Coronado (Coronado/San Diego), Loews Coronado Bay (Coronado/San Diego), Miramonte Resort & Spa (Indian Wells), Island Hotel Newport Beach (Newport Beach), Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (Ojai), Resort at Squaw Creek (Olympic Valley/Lake Tahoe), The Langham Huntington (Pasadena), The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Pebble Beach), Casa Palmero (Pebble Beach), The Inn at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach), Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (Rancho Mirage), Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes), The Grand Del Mar (San Diego), Hotel Nikko San Francisco (San Francisco), InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco (San Francisco), InterContinental San Francisco (San Francisco), and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (Santa Monica).
“We expanded our membership in California with these two exceptional hotels to address the escalating demand that we have been experiencing for meetings and incentive programs in the popular Golden State,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. “The Meritage is already a Four-Diamond resort with incredible offerings, and it will be even more impressive when the dramatic expansion is completed this spring, essentially doubling its rooms and meeting space in Napa. Hotel Valencia in the popular Santana Row district is an absolute gem of a property in a great location with easy access. We’re very pleased to add these two outstanding hotels to our diverse and distinctive California portfolio.”
Located in the picturesque Napa Valley wine country, The Meritage Resort and Spa is undergoing an impressive $40 million expansion project that will add 165 additional guest rooms, an additional 12,500 square feet of meeting and event space, a beautiful outdoor terrace, a new ultra-lounge with six luxury bowling lanes and sports entertainment, a new café, and an expanded fitness studio with floor-to-ceiling windows opening to the vineyards. Upon the completion of the project in Spring 2012 the resort will feature a total of 320 luxury guest rooms and suites, more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and covered outdoor meeting space, and an “Urban Village” feel with Mediterranean-Tuscan themes and décor including fountains and fireplaces and scenic outdoor seating areas. Offerings at the resort include the elegant and unique Estate Wine Cave that is built into the hillside beneath the resort’s vineyard, and which houses the world’s only underground Four-Star spa, as well as the Trinitas Tasting Room, and a barrel-ceilinged entertainment room capable of welcoming 200 guests. The resort is within easy access to Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco airports.
Situated in the heart of San Jose’s chic European-inspired Santana Row shopping and dining district, the sophisticated Hotel Valencia Santana Row features 212 elegant guest rooms and suites, and 4,000 square feet of meeting space. Hotel offerings include a picturesque open-air courtyard with beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santana Row Mediterranean architecture, a rooftop wine terrace, a popular lounge overlooking the Santana Row street scene, and The Burke Williams Day Spa. Among the many honors bestowed on the hotel was being named among the world’s “Top 10 Hippest Hotels” on MSN.com, and being named to Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the United States” list. It is the only hotel on Santana Row, which features more than 80 shops and restaurants. The hotel is just 10 minutes from the San Jose Convention Center and from San Jose International Airport.
With a worldwide portfolio of over 100,000 rooms and suites and more than 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced National Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs.
Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists have utilized ALHI’s National Sales services for 25 years, with reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms.
Member hotels include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting and incentive resorts, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.
For a list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on several defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio to serve distinctive meeting, convention and incentive travel needs.
On the website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.
ALHI has 16 professionally-staffed National Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Diego, Savannah, Toronto and Washington, DC. Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Contacts” sales professionals in your state/area.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2010-2011 ALHI National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com .