When the Eldorado casino opened in Reno, Nev., in 1973, owner Don Carano knew his new gambling spot in “The Biggest Little City in the World” would not outshine Las Vegas’ legacy of entertainment offerings like the Rat Pack and Elvis. So Don Carano bet big on creating an unmatched culinary culture to set his new casino apart. 

“We’re never going to be able to afford Frank Sinatra, so we’ll make our food Frank Sinatra,” Don Carano used to tell his wife Rhonda and five children, all of whom are still involved in the casino. It was a wager that is still paying out 42 years later as Eldorado Resorts Inc. draws crowds who hunger just as much for the petite fillet and crab legs as for the loose slots.

As the final phase of renovations kicks off this summer at the National Hotel Miami Beach, guests are in awe of the progress already completed with the hotel’s authentically restored art deco interior and exterior that transports them back to the Miami Beach of the 1940s. “Fans of the National are enchanted that the hotel respected the art deco inside and out,” Hotel Manager Yaser Mohamad says. “People love art deco and are in tune with the movement, so they were pleased we kept the interior of the hotel to reflect the most historic and memorable elements.”

Originally designed by Roy France, one of the period’s foremost architects in Miami Beach, the National is a hybrid of the American and Latin American art deco styles. Groundbreaking began in 1939 and the 11-story hotel opened one year later. As the years passed, the National gained two additional floors and maintains its 13 stories today. The four-story cabana building was added in the 1960s for additional guest lodging.

Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Villas has experienced greater success by offering a new room product called mountain suites. “We have seen a 40 percent [revenue] increase over last year,” General Manager Dan Pirrallo says. 

Last winter marked the introduction of Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Villas’ 56 new mountain suites. The studios feature two queen beds, mini kitchen and washer/dryer, and the one-bedroom units feature full kitchen, washer/dryer, fireplace, dining room and a balcony with views of Mount Werner. 

Located in the market area approximately three miles from downtown Dallas, the Renaissance Dallas Hotel is undergoing its own renaissance as the market potential of its location has been strengthened by a multimillion-dollar addition of banquet and meeting space and the renovation of the hotel.

With a 16,000-square-foot, advanced technology ballroom that can be divided into eight rooms and the capability to serve 1,500 guests for dinner, the new grand ballroom has the capacity to handle many of the groups that meet at the various wholesale markets held near the hotel. These markets include ones for apparel buyers and a large supermarket group that meets in January and June. 

For the leisure and business travelers that make an inordinate amount of trips each year, the feeling of waking up refreshed but having no idea where you are can become quite common. After a while, many rooms start to look alike. Hotel owner -operator Greystone Hotels, however, makes sure its guests never wake up feeling disoriented. 

“We focus on independent hotels,” President Eric Horodas says. “The main reason we like independent hotels is because it allows us to be creative. With flagged properties, there are elements where they tell you what to do, how to operate and how to decorate. It’s not really for us because we like the creative aspect of positioning and decorating our hotels and making them unique and providing a unique experience.” 

Visiting the Gasparilla Inn & Club is like taking a trip back in time in Florida. Built in 1913, the Georgian-style resort harkens back to early 20th century southern life.

“It is like going back in time,” says General Manager Jon Reecher. “There is no question about it. That is the comment we receive most.” With its traditional feel, Gasparilla Inn lives up to its credo: “Florida as it was meant to be.”

The resort features an old-time veranda, living room and parlor lounge. Gasparilla Inn includes 63 guest rooms inside the inn and 88 rooms in nearby cottages. 

G6 Hospitality is well known for its iconic economy lodging brands, Motel 6 and Studio 6. G6 Hospitality has become the leader of the economy lodging segment in the United States and Canada thanks to its strong footprint and long legacy. Recently, G6 embarked on plans to strengthen the foundations of its domestic brands while also expanding its portfolio to include two new brands in Latin America: Hotel 6 and Estudio 6.

G6 Hospitality currently owns, operates and franchises more than 1,200 economy lodging locations under the Motel 6 brand and the extended-stay Studio 6 brand. Headquartered in Dallas, G6 Hospitality employs 10,000 team members across the United State and Canada.

When hotels need to develop a great, cost-effective design right the first time for their audiovisual event and entertainment spaces, they turn to Electro-Media Design Ltd. instead of mere consultants. “I would characterize us more as hoteliers who are expressing our expertise through innovative designs for hotel event and entertainment venues,” Principal Jeff Loether says. “We know how these hotel spaces work, rather than just being technologists who happen to serve the hotel industry.” 

Based in Gaithersburg, Md., Electro-Media Design provides audiovisual and acoustical consulting and design services for multiple markets, including hotels, healthcare facilities, corporate offices, theaters and auditoriums, and training and meeting rooms. It also supports its clients using the systems through its Operations Management consulting services. Loether founded the company in 1990 as a true independent consulting firm, with no equipment or systems sales.

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