ZMC Hotels, LLC expands portfolio in the Southeast with the acquisition of Hampton Inn New Albany

The Hampton Inn New Albany, Mississippi, is the latest acquisition to the ZMC Hotels management portfolio.

Acquired in early May on behalf of company-sponsored investment equities, the 84-room hotel built in 2010 is the thirteenth Hilton property under management by ZMC Hotels and expands the ZMC Hotels’ presence in the Southeast to twelve hotels across five states. A Tru Hotel by Hilton, currently under development in Sebring, Florida, will bring the Southeast presence to thirteen.

The Hampton Inn New Albany is a 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient and the top-ranked hotel in New Albany, a historic town on the banks of the Tallahatchie River in northeastern Mississippi, that was chosen by USA Today Readers as the Best Southern Small Town in 2017 among travel-worthy destinations. Roughly 30 minutes from Tupelo, 35 minutes from Oxford, and just 10 miles from the North American Toyota Corolla manufacturing plant, the hotel is ideally situated for business, leisure, and historical pursuits.

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Comprehensive renovation completed at Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria

The next time someone “takes you out to the ballgame” for a spring training game or youth baseball tournament at the P83 Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria Arizona, you’ll find the Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria sporting a whole new look.

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels, LLC, have just completed an extensive interior and exterior renovation at the 112-room hotel adjacent to the Sports Complex and the Arrowhead Town Center in central Peoria. The new look is sleek and sophisticated with clean contemporary detailing, consistent with Hampton’s Forever Young design initiative.

The exterior changes are striking. Low-pitched red gable roofs on the hotel building and the porte cochère have been replaced by flat roofs with bold parapets. Window columns topped with shallow arches have been transformed into tall, sleek rectangles. And horizontal colored accent bands have been removed. These architectural changes, in concert with a crisp new color scheme of predominantly ivory and gold, make the hotel appear visually taller.

Inside, the lobby has received a fresh new make-over with colorful contemporary furnishings and desert themed artwork, while guest rooms were completely redone in a soothing grey and taupe color scheme with playful pops of color. Streamlined furniture, roman shades, and rolling barn-style closet doors contribute to the modern feel. The trend continues in the guest baths, where plank style floor tiles and elongated stone topped vanities with contemporary fixtures and lighting have replaced more traditional furnishings and finishes.

Not to be outdone by the updates to the elevations and the interior, the pool area at the Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Glendale/Peoria is scheduled to undergo a major renovation this summer, similar to the transformations that have recently been completed at the Hampton Inn Phoenix/Scottsdale and the Hampton Inn Phoenix/Scottsdale on Shea Boulevard. We predict the pool reno will be a home run!


ZMC Hotels, LLC, completes breakfast room renovation at AmericInn Ashland, Wisconsin, enhancing Lake Superior views

ZMC Hotels, LLC, has recently completed construction on a major breakfast room renovation at the AmericInn Ashland in northern Wisconsin, enhancing aesthetics and functionality at the 94-room hotel overlooking Lake Superior at beautiful Chequamegon Bay.

The hotel breakfast room was enlarged and reconfigured, increasing seating capacity from 22 to 66 and creating a walk-out wall of windows that showcases the expansive views of the lake. Bar height and banquette seating were added, along with large screen TVs and striking lake-themed artwork. Dated track lighting was replaced with inset overhead lighting for a brighter, more open feel, and older wall units were replaced with central heating and air for improved guest comfort and efficiency. The serving area also received an inviting makeover with new two-tone cabinetry, contemporary hardware, and updated floor and wall tile. In addition, the prep kitchen for the breakfast room and the kitchen for the onsite pizzeria were relocated to adjacent positions, and the pizzeria kitchen was outfitted with all new appliances and fixtures.

The breakfast room renovation is just one in a series of improvements at the AmericInn Ashland, which features fun, family-friendly amenities like the Shipwreck Pizzeria, an indoor water park, and summertime pedal boat rentals. An expansion of the exercise room is currently under way and the lobby and select guestrooms are also being updated. In 2017, a comprehensive landscaping project at the back of the hotel added a beach area and pathways along the lake.

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ZMC Hotels adds Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Placid, FL, to hotels in the Southeast

ZMC Hotels is pleased to announce the latest addition to the ZMC Hotels managed portfolio, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Placid.

The newly renovated four-story, 79-room hotel in Lake Placid, FL, is the fifth Holiday Inn Express in the overall ZMC Portfolio and brings greater depth to our Central Florida offerings. Lake Placid is just fourteen miles south of Sebring, FL, home to our existing Residence Inn by Marriott and future Tru by Hilton now under construction on Lake Jackson.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Placid is located just off Highway 27, close to prominent local businesses and attractions, including 27 freshwater lakes. It features a heated outdoor pool, a convenient business center and fitness center, and an onsite meeting space accommodating up to 100 people. Please visit the hotel website for reservation information.


ZMC Hotels acquires six branded properties and adds two states to Southeast portfolio

ZMC Hotels is pleased to announce the acquisition of six branded Marriott and Hilton hotel properties totaling 578 guest rooms to the ZMC Hotels’ management portfolio, on behalf of company-sponsored investment entities. Formerly part of the Buford, Georgia-based Ascent Hospitality, the hotels are located in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia, adding two new states and five new flags to the ZMC Hotels portfolio. Each hotel occupies a prime location with important tourist and business destinations nearby.

In Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, ZMC Hotels has added a 93-room Courtyard by Marriott and an 87-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. In Oxford, Alabama, ZMC Hotels has added an 81-room Home2 Suites by Hilton, and a 124-room Hilton Garden Inn, adjacent to the world-famous Talladega Speedway. And in Georgia, ZMC Hotels has added an 80-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in the historic city of Savannah, as well as a 113-room Springhill Suites by Marriott in Statesboro, the home of Georgia Southern University.

Already well-positioned in the South with hotels in North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, these additional six hotels expand ZMC Hotels’ presence in the Southeast, creating a strong regional presence to match that in the Upper Midwest and the Southwestern United States. The addition adds 220 employees to the ZMC Hotels’ family and brings the total portfolio to 40 hotels and more than 4,000 rooms across 13 states.

“The addition of these six hotels not only provides additional scale to our critical Southeast region but adds Springhill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites to our collection of brands under management,” said John Henry, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “We’re thrilled to be welcoming these six new GMs and their employees to our rapidly growing ZMC Hotels family.”


ZMC Hotels to begin construction on Tru by Hilton hotel in Sebring, Florida

Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels plan to begin construction on a Tru by Hilton, the newest mid-scale hotel concept by Hilton, in November 2017. ZMC’s Tru by Hilton will be situated in a prime location in Sebring, Florida, overlooking both Lake Jackson and Little Lake Jackson, and directly adjacent to the existing Residence Inn by Marriott, also owned and operated by ZMC Hotels.

Bevis Construction of Lake Placid, FL, has been awarded the construction contract for the four-story, 82-room hotel which is projected to open in December 2018.

Tru by Hilton is the revolutionary new hotel brand that has been shaking up the mid-priced market since Hilton introduced the brand in early 2016. Designed for guests with “a zest for life and a desire for human connection,” Tru by Hilton offers a fun, fresh, design-forward aesthetic with an emphasis on functionality, convenience, and connectivity.

The hotel is designed with expansive, high-tech lobbies zoned for working, socializing, playing, and eating. Lobbies include comfortable seating and sound-absorbing work pods, free wi-fi and charging stations, as well as a “play” area with a large screen TV and a shuffle board table. Guests are welcome to complimentary tea and coffee and have access to a 24/7 market offering premium national and local snacks and beverages, including single-serving beer and wine available 24 hours a day in the “Eat & Sip.”

Tru by Hilton even offers a reinvented breakfast experience with a build-your-own complimentary “Top It” breakfast bar that has sweet and savory toppings so guests can create their own healthy or indulgent morning masterpieces. After breakfast guests can visit the fitness center that leverages the latest fitness trends through barre, TRX bands, free weights, cardio, and flexibility gear.

ZMC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Henry said, “We are excited to develop our first Tru by Hilton hotel. We believe it is a game-changer in the midscale category, offering quality contemporary lodging to travelers who believe that being cost conscious and having a great stay don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

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Hampton Inn Phoenix/Scottsdale at Shea Reopens as New Resort-Style Hampton Inn & Suites following Yearlong Upgrade and Reconstruction

ZMC Hotels is pleased to announce the reopening of the Hampton Inn at Shea Boulevard and North Scottsdale Road on October 13. The hotel underwent a yearlong closure and a massive, multimillion-dollar ground-up renovation and upgrade project that transformed it into a larger, resort-style Hampton Inn & Suites. The hotel now features a spectacular, oasis-style pool area and glass-walled lobby, far beyond typical brand standards.

Originally consisting of two stories with 130 standard guest rooms, the newly rebranded Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale on Shea Boulevard has been enlarged and reconfigured, and now comprises three stories and a total of 150 new guest rooms, including 48 new suites and two new grand suites with expansive balconies. In the course of the renovation, one end of the original building was demolished, two new wings were added, and a third story was added to the remaining portion of the original building. The pool area was completely redone and the porte-cochere was relocated to a more a central position. As a result, every aspect of the hotel is newly constructed and designed for guest comfort and convenience.

“This is the most significant renovation ZMC has ever gone through and would be the most significant renovation most hotel ownership groups have ever gone through, as well,” said Senior Project Manager, Byron Chapman.

Highlights of the new hotel include an impressive two-story lobby and breakfast room overlooking an exquisitely landscaped pool and patio area, which features inviting seating areas with fire pits, mature palms and colorful bougainvillea-draped trellises. The hotel also reopened with a new, larger fitness center and improved meeting facilities with updated technology. Fixtures and finishes in the guest rooms and public areas reflect the freshness of the Forever Young design initiative and are the most upscale and up-to-date available in the Hampton Inn line. Guest connectivity and convenience are paramount, with charging outlets thoughtfully provided throughout the guest rooms and lobby, and amenities like digital check-in and free Wi-Fi.

“The moment they arrive at the new Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale on Shea Boulevard, guests know that they are truly someplace special,” said hotel General Manager, Damian Humphreys. “The entire property has been beautifully landscaped and the attention to detail both inside and out has been incredible.”

“We have an unbeatable location and we’re well-known for the service we provide, so our closure over the past year has left a big gap in hospitality service for the area, particularly for Hilton Rewards members. It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm expressed by local businesses and previous guests over our reopening,” said Humphreys.

Centrally located at 10101 North Scottsdale Road, the hotel offers easy access to the restaurants and nightlife in historic Old Town Scottsdale to the south and to the high-end shopping and dining in North Scottsdale, as well as to the Scottsdale Airpark and nearby MLB Spring Training Facilities, making it an ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers.

To make a reservation, visit www.HamptonInnandSuitesScottsdaleShea.com or call +1-480-443-3233.


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.