CategoriesConstruction Updates Hospitality

Hampton Inn Goldsboro, NC, now sports sophisticated signature look

The 111-room Hampton Inn Goldsboro is starting the new year in style. On December 15, Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels completed a major exterior renovation at the site.

Gone are the familiar red brick walls and the peaked, red tile roof of the porte-cochere. Consistent with contemporary Hampton Inn standards, the new design welcomes guests with a more elegant and streamlined façade, rendered in a sophisticated palate of ivory, taupe, and charcoal. A parapet with an illuminated cornice has been added at the roofline, as well as masonry cladding around the base of the building and applied in a vertical zone around the windows, creating a columnar effect that draws the eyes upward. Equally significant improvements are planned for the interior of the hotel.

Located along the Neuse River, between Raleigh and the coast, Goldsboro is home to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and offers easy access to many historical and recreational attractions.

CategoriesConstruction Updates Hospitality

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels Provide Makeover for Holiday Inn Express & Suites Near the University of Kansas

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Lawrence, Kansas, has always had a great location close to historic downtown Lawrence and just minutes from the University of Kansas; but now it is particularly inviting following a comprehensive renovation where all interior components were updated and the exterior received a facelift, as well.

The 78-room hotel now enjoys a bright open lobby with well-designed seating and tables, a coffee bar, and a handy marketplace for grab-and-go convenience. The meeting room, fitness center, and indoor pool area were also upgraded; while guest rooms and suites were outfitted with all new furnishings and fixtures, including beds, bedding, and sleek stone bathroom vanities. Wall coverings, floor coverings, and lighting were replaced throughout the premises. The exterior of the hotel was refreshed with a new paint scheme and new paving.

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Property-wide upgrades underway at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Independence-Kansas City

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels began construction on a property-wide upgrade at the Holiday Inn Express in Independence, Missouri. Constructed in 2003 off I-70 near the Little Blue River, the hotel serves the historic city of Independence, as well as Kansas City, Missouri, and is ideally situated for guests visiting downtown Kansas City or taking in a game at Arrowhead or Kauffman Stadium.

Incorporating not only beautifully upgraded fixtures and finishes throughout, the renovation has been carefully designed with the comfort and convenience of the traveler in mind. From an expansive new great room look and feel in the lobby, which will feature two user friendly check-in kiosks, a handy marketplace, 24-hour coffee station, and an inviting guest seating area with decorative focal wall and large screen TV, to luxe new appointments in guest rooms and baths, no detail has been overlooked. The fitness center, business center, breakfast buffet, and pool areas will all receive extensive upgrades, as well. Updated lighting and signage throughout will further enhance the guest experience.

The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation, with work being completed in sections. Completion is scheduled for February 2017.

CategoriesDevelopment Hospitality

ZMC Hotels plans new hotel development in Sebring, Florida

ZMC Hotels is in the planning stage to bring an entirely different kind of hotel to Sebring, Florida. The company has submitted a franchise application for Tru, a contemporary, amenities-driven brand recently launched by Hilton, that is adding new energy to the mid-priced market. The planned development site is in a prime location overlooking Lake Jackson, and directly adjacent the existing Residence Inn by Marriott, also owned and managed by ZMC Hotels. Although still in the design phase — working with the City of Sebring and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and awaiting franchise approval — ZMC Hotels expects to break ground in early 2017, to be open in time for the peak travel season in 2018.

Because The Residence Inn Sebring is so highly rated, number six among all Residence Inn locations in the U.S., with both high occupancy and high guest satisfaction ratings, ZMC Hotels first looked at other Marriott Brands when deciding on a franchise for the new development.

“It was important that we didn’t end up with two hotels that would be in direct competition with each other, vying for the same customer base,” said Todd Torvinen, Vice President of Brand and Asset Management at ZMC Hotels. “Instead, we saw this as an opportunity to bring in something unprecedented, that would attract new visitors to the Sebring-Lake Jackson area.”

Tru promises a “fun, fresh, and functional” approach to the hotel experience, and is aimed at the value-conscious traveler. Centered around “The Hive”, an expansive, multi-functional lobby featuring a 24-hour marketplace and separate zones for eating, lounging, playing, and working, each Tru hotel is designed to offer the amenities and high tech features that appeal most to millennials and other travelers, all in a clean, colorful, contemporary style. With approximately 150 hotels under contract, and 300 more in the development pipeline across the United States, Tru is one of the fastest brands to gain momentum in the marketplace.

“We’re excited to be among the first to launch this new brand,” Torvinen said. “We believe it will be a great complement to our Residence Inn and provide an attractive alternative for travelers who normally wouldn’t stay in Sebring.”

Separate from the Tru development, ZMC Hotels is also in the design phase to develop a stand-alone recreation plaza between the new Tru hotel and the Residence Inn. When complete, the Little Jackson Event Gazebo will be the premier destination in Sebring for meetings, weddings, and other events, featuring approximately 3,500 square feet of enclosed space, a catering kitchen, and an attached boat dock on Lake Jackson.

CategoriesAcquisitions Development Hospitality

Hall Equities Group Acquires 699 Ygnacio in Downtown Walnut Creek

Hall Equities Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired 699 Ygnacio in Downtown Walnut Creek. This infill development site consisting of just less than one acre, is located at the very high profile corner of Civic Drive and Ygnacio Valley Boulevard in Downtown Walnut Creek.

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