True North Hotel Group Opens Its First AC Hotels by Marriott In Tuscaloosa

OVERLAND PARK, KSTrue North Hotel Group has opened its first AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s design-driven lifestyle brand, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s revitalized downtown. The five-story hotel integrates elements of the AC Hotel brand’s contemporary, sophisticated design with inspired local inflections that balance the rhythm of downtown Tuscaloosa’s energetic vibe.

Its 120 guestrooms have been purposefully designed and its collaborative, flexible public spaces provide an inviting ambiance well-matched with those who particularly appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Tuscaloosa’s most popular attractions such as the Riverwalk, Amphitheater, and the University of Alabama’s Champion Crimson Tide Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The lobby-level AC Lounge® and the unique, art-curated 5th on Sixth rooftop bar, with its panoramic downtown views, provide both guests and locals alike a wide range of beverages and food including Spanish-inspired tapas-style small plates, artisanal cocktails, craft beers, and specialty wines. The rooftop bar’s numerical name pays tribute to both its top-floor location and its street address, 2585 6th Street.

AC Kitchen’s European-inspired breakfast selection includes fresh croissants and artisan-cured meats such as La Quercia Prosciutto. Additional guest amenities include a fitness center, an AC Store for locally sourced items, and complimentary DIY lavender turndown service available each evening from the lobby. Design-savvy guestrooms feature sleek furnishings, elegant art, and thoughtful touches ideal for both leisure and business travelers.

“The opening of our first AC Hotels by Marriott is an exciting confluence of two goals: the first is welcoming the distinct AC brand to True North’s growing portfolio; second is knowing that the brand is a perfect fit with Tuscaloosa’s energetic, revitalized downtown,” said Brad Wiens, president of True North Hotel Group.

Wiens added, “We are also confident that our two exceptional property leaders, General Manager Karen Steiger and Director of Sales Darren Segura, are taking our newest hotel to new heights.”

Remington Hotels Appoints Reader As SVP Of Operations

DALLAS– Remington Hotels announced today the appointment of Jason Reader as Senior Vice President of Operations. Reader will oversee the eastern half of the United States for the leading third-party management company and work closely with Chief Operating Officer, Stan Kennedy, to collaborate on owner relations, brand relations and overall operating performance systems and procedures.

“We are very excited to have Jason join our Remington family, bringing 20+ years of experience and passion for excellence to Remington, a place Where Passionate People Thrive,” said Sloan Dean, CEO and President of Remington Hotels. “With the addition of Jason to the team, Remington further expands its talent and skills in the organization, positioning us very well for continued growth and advancement as the preferred management company of branded and independent hotels and resorts.”

Reader brings over two decades of experience in hospitality business to his new role. Prior to joining Remington Hotels, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Magna Hospitality. Preceding Magna, Reader spent 15 years at Pyramid Hotel Group where he held various leadership roles including over four years as Senior Vice President of Operations. In that role, he oversaw 50+ hotels that included responsibility for the lifestyle and independent division of hotels along with other full and select service properties under top lodging brands throughout the United States. Reader attended Trinity University and Emery Aviation College, where he earned his pilot’s license. He is also a member of the Hilton Distribution Owner Advisory Council and Moxy Advisory Council.

Outside of the office, Reader enjoys working out, traveling with his wife, watching football, including his favorite team, the Washington Football Team, and hanging out with his English bulldog, Olivia.

NexGen Hotels Acquires Four Points by Sheraton In Cleveland, OH

CLEVELAND –– NexGen Hotels, a hotel development and management company based in Itasca, Illinois, today announced the acquisition of the Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport. Catering to the needs of today’s everyday traveler, the recently renovated hotel offers approachable design, stylish comfort and all the brand’s popular extras including a 24-hour fitness center, a heated indoor swimming pool, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and the Best Brews program.

Located at 4181 West 150th Street, the six-story Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport is just two miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and offers guests convenient access to Quicken Loans Arena, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Clinic Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to add the Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport to our dynamic portfolio,” says Chris Patel, President, NexGen Hotels. “As the company’s newest property, the hotel plays a significant part of our continued growth strategy.”

The Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport offers 147 spacious guest rooms, 7,500 square feet of meeting space and a business center. Guests will enjoy full-service dining at the onsite restaurant – The Hub Bar & Grill, featuring handcrafted cocktails, local brews and a selection of American cuisine.

The Cloudveil, An Autograph Collection Hotel, Debuts In Jackson’s Town Square

JACKSON, WY–The Cloudveil, an Autograph Collection hotel, makes its debut today, May 26, in the heart of Jackson Hole. Rooted in the people and soul of the destination, The Cloudveil name gives both a nod to the Cloudveil Dome within the Teton Range, while also invoking the veil of clouds lifting to reveal the transformational journey guests will undoubtedly embark on as they experience the natural wonder and enduring character of Jackson Hole. The Cloudveil joins Marriott International’s diverse Autograph Collection portfolio of more than 190 independent properties across the globe, which are each distinct in design, character and charm, and all Exactly Like Nothing Else.

Located at the gateway to the Grand Teton National Park, The Cloudveil boasts 100 guest rooms and suites; The Bistro restaurant and bar; an expansive rooftop terrace overlooking Jackson’s Town Square and Snow King Mountain; a tranquil outdoor pool; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and 7,500 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting and event space.

“The Cloudveil was built by those of us who have been changed by Jackson and were moved by a passion to share this special destination and rich history with others,” says General Manager Bruce Grosbety. “Every inch of this hotel was carefully curated with the destination in mind – bringing the elements of the outdoors inside, and creating an experience deeply rooted in transformation and restoration.”

DESIGN + ACCOMMODATIONS
Designed by award-winning firms including TruexCullins, CLB Architects and the IBI Group, The Cloudveil embodies Jackson Hole’s history and natural setting steeped in adventure, wellness and exploration. As a nod to the oldest standing building on Town Square, the design team found inspiration for the hotel’s exterior through mixed-use of stately stone walls, wood, and metals. The Cloudveil’s timeless interiors flaunt a modern take on its western roots full of ranches, cowboys, and pioneers, and evokes wonder and awe for Wyoming’s natural landscape at every turn.

Leveraging raw, natural materials to connect to its locale, the hotel’s lobby showcases a spacious open layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern wood and stone finishes, custom ambient lighting, and natural textures throughout. With a larger-than-life three-story granite stone wall and oversized wood burning fireplace anchored by a 3,000-pound boulder front desk, the lobby serves as a place for social gathering and connection, as well as offers abundant workspace.

Similar to the public spaces, The Cloudveil’s guest rooms and suites offer a warm, neutral palette – reflective of the hotel’s surrounding mountains and National Parks – and adorned with custom oak beams and leather furnishings, and landscape-inspired artwork and photography from Jackson Hole natives. All guest rooms are equipped with smart TVs, plush robes, Grown Alchemist luxury bath products, while each floor will feature the “Pantry,” a curated selection of complimentary local snacks and beverages for all guests to enjoy.

THE BISTRO
Acclaimed restaurateur Gavin Fine of Fine Dining Restaurant Group helms the hotel’s signature restaurant The Bistro. With outdoor café dining, a stunning zinc bar, signature fresh oyster bar and variety of dynamic dining areas, The Bistro’s modern, comfortable atmosphere brings the seasonal, beautifully prepared dishes to life. An inspired cocktail menu, interesting wine list and The Bistro’s attentive, thoughtful culinary dishes offer a truly multifaceted dining experience from start to finish. In addition to in-restaurant offerings, The Bistro showcases food and beverage experiences in both the hotel’s lobby and stunning rooftop terrace, as well as catering services for meetings and events.

HOTEL PROGRAMMING + AMENITIES
The Rooftop: The Cloudveil’s 5,000 square foot open-air rooftop terrace offers ongoing community programming such as daybreak yoga and meditation, live music, and stargazing.
Destination offerings: With endless, year-round adventures easily accessible from the hotel, The Cloudveil offers curated itineraries and excursions through EcoTour Adventures including hiking in the Tetons, wildlife safari tours, whitewater rafting, snowshoeing, and beyond. For an over-the-top adventure, special picnics to-go can also be arranged via The Bistro.
Pathfinders: Situated in The Cloudveil’s lobby, the hotel’s bespoke in-the-know concierge – dubbed The Pathfinders – can assist guests develop curated itineraries and adventures. From hidden trails to the best location to spot a moose, The Cloudveil’s team of Pathfinders are armed and ready with locals-only knowledge and Jackson’s hidden secrets.
Outdoor Pool and Fitness Center: The Cloudveil offers a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring Peloton, Lululemon Fitness Mirror, and Technogym equipment. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi with views of Snow King Mountain.

MEETINGS + EVENTS
The Cloudveil is equipped with 7,500 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting and event space ideal for community and social events, retreats, incentives and meetings. The expansive rooftop terrace boasts views of the historic Town Square and Snow King Mountain and is equipped with a retractable awning and infrared heaters for events year-round. Inside, the property offers a meeting room that splits evenly in two and features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the town of Jackson, in addition to two fireplaces, built-in TV screens, and full AV capabilities.

Arriba Capital Closes $12,500,000 Hotel Loan In Sedona, AZ

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–Arriba Capital announces that it recently closed a $12,500,000 cash-out refinance for a 144-room, independent hotel located in Sedona, Arizona. The subject has undergone significant property-wide renovations in recent years and the new loan will allow the sponsorship to continue with their vision of expanding into a full-service resort. The loan proceeds were utilized to refinance the existing real estate debt while providing enough cash-out proceeds to purchase an adjacent parcel, for future expansion of a world-class spa.

Property amenities include a fine Mexican cuisine restaurant, two outdoor pools, and hot tubs, a fitness center, electric vehicle charging stations, a dog park, multiple firepits, and a thriving monthly calendar of events for guests to enjoy.

Sedona is located 120 miles north of Phoenix. Located in the Oak Creek Canyon, the area is distinguished by the red sandstone rock formations rising above the natural pine vegetation. The city is a major tourist destination as well as a common stopping point in the heavily traveled Phoenix-Grand Canyon tourist route. Sedona offers many outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, off-road Jeep tours, golf, tennis, and fishing. Estimates of 2 to 4 million visitors per year have been reported.

The loan was originated by Tim Valaski of Arriba Capital Hospitality Group.

Huntington Convention Center Of Cleveland Announces Selection Of Mills James

CLEVELANDThe Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, managed by ASM Global, announces the selection of Mills James as its audiovisual production partner.

“As one of the country’s largest production companies, Mills James has built a reputation for high-impact events and outstanding customer service, two critical strengths for the convention center going forward,” said Assistant General Manager Mike Campo. “We’re back in growth mode — HCCC and Cleveland in general — and we’re excited to partner with Mills James to take client events to the next level.”

Mills James will become the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland’s preferred provider of production services and its exclusive provider of rigging services. Founded in Columbus in 1984 by Ken Mills and Cameron James, the creative firm produces live and virtual events, broadcast television programming, commercials, and visual communication in all its emerging formats. Mills James will support the convention center from its Cleveland-based office located at 1228 West 6th Street. The Mills James team will help the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland elevate event experiences through the strategic use of staging, video and lighting innovations, projection mapping, experiential technologies, virtual event platforms, and more.

“Our mission is to redefine convention center audiovisual services,” said Mike Tyson, Director of Convention Center Sales for Mills James and primary contact for the HCCC account. “The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland is committed to raising the game nationally, and we’re honored to be part of it.”

A Service Mindset Like No Other

With convention meetings returning, Mills James is in a strong position for growth, having weathered the pandemic well thanks to the company’s breadth of services. In the convention and hospitality AV space, the employee-owned production company makes a concierge-level service commitment to its venue clients. Unlike high-priced multinational AV corporations that have long held a monopoly on the market, Mills James manages every venue with a local ownership mentality. Employee ownership fosters a service mindset like no other, one marked by superior listening and communication skills, passion, professionalism, and the comfort of a familiar team.

“The fact that every Mills James associate is an owner in the company is a huge differentiator for us,” said Mike Yearling, a Mills James managing partner. “Our broader production expertise also set us apart in a major way. We’re able to offer production experiences that rival anything you’d see in New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago, but at client-friendly price points. And with greater speed and agility, which is so important these days.”