. . . Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Accepts 5 More Meetings-Focused Royal Sonesta & Sonesta Hotels To Its Worldwide Luxury Portfolio
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation have expanded their long-tenured relationship with the addition of five more of Sonesta’s luxury-level meetings-focused hotels to ALHI’s prestigious portfolio. Joining ALHI’s present Member hotel, the elegant 195-room Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (in Baltimore, Maryland), are new ALHI members: Royal Sonesta Houston (in Houston, Texas), Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Royal Sonesta New Orleans (in New Orleans, Louisiana), the Royal Sonesta Boston (in Boston, Massachusetts), and Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina). The five hotels, which have each recently undergone significant renovations, are now represented by ALHI to meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings, conventions and/or incentive programs at the hotels. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.
“We are very proud to expand our relationship with these fine Sonesta properties,” said Schultenover. “Each are AAA Four-Diamond quality hotels or resorts, freshly renovated and reimagined, and situated in excellent locations within their desirable destinations, providing great appeal to groups and their planners. We are proud to welcome these additions in the key cities of Houston, New Orleans, Boston, Hilton Head, and Fort Lauderdale, allowing us to further address the growing demand for these markets that we’ve been experiencing.”
In Houston, Texas, ALHI adds the chic Royal Sonesta Houston to its distinctive portfolio, which now features nine outstanding options in Texas including three exceptional choices in Houston. Located in the heart of Uptown Houston, the AAA Four-Diamond recognized Royal Sonesta Houston completed an impressive $30 million renovation in 2014. Ideally situated just a few blocks from The Galleria for shopping, dining and entertainment, it also is just minutes from downtown Houston. The stylish hotel features 485 guest rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings and mini refrigerators, and 50,000 square feet of function space that can accommodate 1,000 guests. The hotel also offers a rooftop swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three dining options including the globally-inspired ARA restaurant. Royal Sonesta Houston, which also is now a new option in ALHI’s “City Solutions” luxury brand segment, is close to the Museum & Theater Districts and Montrose/Midtown, and is conveniently located near George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ALHI has added the sophisticated 240-room Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach to its portfolio and to its “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” luxury brand segment. It becomes ALHI’s only Member hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and eighth distinctive option in Southeast Florida. The stylish AAA Four-Diamond rated hotel, which provides spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Lauderdale Beach, offers 240 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 8,000 square feet of meeting space with floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views. Group options include an oceanfront terrace, a private beach party at the adjacent Bonnet House, and Intracoastal cruises. Additionally, the hotel has a full-service beachfront restaurant, lobby bar, poolside bar, and 24-hour fitness center. Nearby attractions include snorkeling, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, and nature trails. The beachfront hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, just minutes from the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, Las Olas Boulevard, and Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is only eight miles away.
ALHI’s new member in New Orleans is the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, in the center of this vibrant city. Providing 483 large guest rooms and suites (which all provide views of the French Quarter or tropical courtyard), the AAA Four-Diamond recognized hotel joins as ALHI’s third outstanding option in New Orleans. Situated on famous Bourbon Street, the hotel features beautiful architecture and offers 20,000 square feet of function space that includes a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Outdoor venue options and Bourbon Balcony Hospitality Suites are available, as are an on-site full-service AV production company, 24-hour business center, fitness center, and outdoor heated swimming pool. Multiple dining and lounge options also are offered, including live jazz nightly at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The hotel is located 16 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport, and just steps from the Central Business District, Superdome, Convention Center, Royal Street, French Market and Mississippi River attractions.
Joining ALHI in Boston is Royal Sonesta Boston, situated on the banks of the scenic Charles River, and offering views of the Boston skyline and historic Beacon Hill. The 400-room hotel, which completed a $15 million renovation in 2014, becomes ALHI’s sixth Member in Boston. The chic hotel, rated Four-Diamond by AAA, provides 400 stylish guest rooms and suites that offer breathtaking views of the Charles River, Cambridge, or the Boston skyline. Featuring a modern design, the hotel offers 26,000 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 550 guests, that includes covered outdoor entertaining space on the banks of the river. Dining options include the innovative ArtBar, and Restaurant dante offering classical Italian dishes. An atrium-style indoor swimming pool and 24-hour health club also are available. The hotel is within walking distance to many shops, museums and historical sites, and just minutes from the business, educational and shopping points in both Boston and Cambridge. Boston’s Logan International Airport is just three miles away.
ALHI’s new member in South Carolina is Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, which is ALHI’s only Member resort on Hilton Head Island, and second distinguished option in South Carolina. Offering 340 spacious guest rooms and suites on 11 acres of lush, beautifully landscaped beachfront property, the AAA Four-Diamond rated resort completed a $30 million renovation in 2013. Boasting 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, this includes the attractive 7,000-square-foot Oceanfront Pavilion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Onsite dining options include Heyward’s Restaurant, Seacrest Terrace and Patio, and Bayley’s Bar and Terrace. Additionally, the resort features Arum Spa, and outdoor and shaded swimming pools. Convenient to all of the island’s attractions and activities, the resort is just 8 miles from Hilton Head Island Airport, and 48 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
In addition to these new Members, ALHI’s worldwide portfolio also features other outstanding options for planners in these appealing cities, including: Houston’s elegant Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, providing 244 luxurious guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space; and the Forbes Four-Star The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, offering 32,000 square feet of meeting space in a picturesque setting of towering pines and majestic oaks in Houston. In New Orleans: the acclaimed and historic Hotel Monteleone, offering 570 beautifully decorated guest rooms and located on famed Royal Street in the French Quarter; and the superb, 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel, providing expansive views of the Mississippi River or New Orleans skyline.
Other distinguished Boston options in ALHI’s impressive portfolio include: the ultra-modern, 424-room InterContinental Boston, situated on Boston’s historic and newly redefined waterfront; downtown Boston’s elegant The Langham Boston, featuring 10,000 square feet of meeting space just steps from Boston’s most popular attractions; the luxurious and contemporary 225-room Loews Boston Hotel, located in the heart of prestigious Back Bay; and the recently renovated and very popular 428-room Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, featuring dazzling city and harbor views.
ALHI (alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings and incentive (M&I) marketplace for its Membership of over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO “Alliance” sales services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; and a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries. One call connects to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional with advocacy and sales assistance for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.
ALHI is a dues-funded organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the GSO network with local professionals and ease of discussing viable options for your programs.
Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 75 countries and destinations worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.
For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.