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Property-Wide Improvements Beginning at Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels are commencing a property-wide upgrade and renovation of the 162-room Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City. The comprehensive make-over will touch nearly every aspect of the 3.76-acre property in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and dramatically increase aesthetics and amenities both inside and out, making the hotel a premier destination for travelers, conventions, weddings, and other corporate and social events. The hotel will remain open throughout the construction period, which is expected to be completed in six months, to be ready for the arrival of high season guests in early 2018.

Two striking improvements will make The Hampton Inn Lake Havasu hotel stand out among its peers. The first is the transformation and enlargement of the existing pool and patio into an impressive resort-style pool and lounging area. The second is the addition of a specimen cactus garden that will extend along the front of the hotel.

The exterior façade of the building will be updated to reflect the signature Hampton style, and the porte cochère welcoming guests to the hotel will be enlarged and resituated. Inside, the hotel will be completely renovated with a fresh, contemporary look, and public areas will be reconfigured to optimize flow and functionality while maximizing views of Lake Havasu. The existing meeting space overlooking the lake will be enlarged and reconfigured, creating a spacious 3,000-square-foot-room which can be divided into separate 1,500-square-foot spaces and seat up to 300 guests. Guest rooms and guest baths will also be fully updated and eleven new guest rooms will be added.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming renovation,” says long-time hotel General Manager and Lake Havasu resident, Diane Harry. “There is simply nothing in the area that will be able to match our capabilities for special gatherings and events, and I believe it will attract new visitors to the area for business and for pleasure.”


Property-wide Makeover Complete at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Independence-Kansas City

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels recently completed the property-wide makeover at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Independence, Missouri. In keeping with the brand’s Formula Blue design initiative, fixtures, furnishings, and finishes throughout the hotel were updated for a fresh, contemporary look, and greater comfort and convenience for hotel guests.

The entire public area of the hotel was reconfigured and modernized, creating an inviting, open lobby with versatile tables and seating, an updated breakfast area, and more optimal, state-of-the-art facilities for the board room and fitness center. Guest rooms received all new beds and bedding, innovative traveler-friendly furniture, updated wall and floor coverings, and sleek new bathroom appointments. Exterior improvements included fresh paint, pavement, landscaping, and updates to the pool area.

Situated off I-70 just outside of Kansas City, The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Independence-Kansas City offers ideal accommodations for fans attending Chiefs’ games at Arrowhead Stadium or Royals’ games at Kauffman Stadium.

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ZMC Hotels’ Hampton Inn and Suites in Altus, Oklahoma, undergoing interior updates

Pardon our dust! The Hampton Inn & Suites Altus is currently undergoing a minor renovation and refresh, including the installation of new carpet and pad in all 83 guest bedrooms, as well as in corridors, offices, the business center, and in the meeting rooms. Select areas will also receive new wall vinyl, window treatments, seating, and millwork touches. The hotel will remain open during construction, and work is expected to be complete in late February.

Located in the town of Altus in the southwest corner of Oklahoma, the Hampton Inn & Suites Altus is a pet friendly hotel providing visitors with easy access to the Altus Air Force Base, the Altus Speedway, Western Oklahoma State College, and the Southwest Technology Center. Quartz Mountain State Park and Arts and Conference Center are also within easy driving distance.


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.


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.


Renovations in progress at the Hampton Inn Phoenix/Scottsdale

The Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale enjoys a prime location, situated near the Scottsdale airport, the Mayo Clinic, and some of the best shopping and dining in the Valley. Next year, guests will also be able to enjoy a newly renovated property.

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels have begun property improvements to the hotel including minor updates in guest rooms, major updates to the front desk, Suite Shop convenience store, and meeting spaces, and new carpet in hallway corridors. A major face-lift to the exterior of the building including fresh paint, enhanced landscaping and pool area, and reworking of the entrance canopy will result in a more streamlined design and enhance the guest experience upon arrival.

The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation. Completion is scheduled for February 2017.


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.


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.


Groundbreaking event commences renovation for Hampton Inn Scottsdale/Shea

Hall Equities Group, ZMC Hotels, and W.E O’Neil celebrated a groundbreaking event in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Hampton Inn Scottsdale/Shea. This hotel will be closed for a complete renovation which will significantly upgrade the property with additional rooms and an exceptional pool and outdoor area. The hotel is anticipated to reopen as a Hampton Inn and Suites in late 2017. W.E. O’Neil, the original developer of the hotel, has been appointed as the General Contractor for the renovation.

The City of Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane, kicked off the event and spoke about the city’s booming tourist industry with over 9 million visitors per year, and applauded ZMC Hotels’ continued contribution at making the city a great place to stay. Key members of the Hall Equities Group and W.E. O’Neil teams were in attendance, and many had the opportunity to take a swing at the building with a sledgehammer to officially get work under way.