• U.S. News & World Report Names The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa"

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     
  • U.S. News & World Report Names The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa"

     
    POSTED April 2, 2019
     

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center has been named the "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa" by U.S. News & World Report in the "2019 Best Hotels" rankings. Located in downtown Muscatine, The Merrill is Iowa's only hotel to hold a AAA Four Diamond rating and International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) accreditation.

Adjacent from the city's River Walk Park, the 122-room hotel boasts numerous suites, 12,723 square feet of meeting space spread throughout 16 meeting rooms, a 4,719-square-foot Grand Ballroom, and a large outdoor balcony overlooking the Mississippi River. The Merrill also offers an indoor, heated saltwater pool, a fitness center, full-service restaurant and a 24-hour business center.

“Having opened just one year ago, this esteemed recognition spotlights the hotel’s exceptional setting, sophisticated amenities and the outstanding customer service our hospitality professionals deliver to our guests each day,” says Rebecca Howe, president of Riverview Hotel Development, LLC, the hotel’s owner. “This attention-to-detail truly sets our hotel and conference center apart.”

New York is welcoming its first sports betting bar and casino, Rivers Sportsbook Schenectady. The lounge, designed by DMAC Architecture, is approximately 1,800 square feet of comfortable chairs with charging ports, betting terminals and a gaming floor. With walls covered in high definition televsions, Rivers Sportsbook allows guests to place bets on several different games rather than just focusing on one.

 

PCMA recognized the achievements of business event professionals at the Visionary Awards ceremony on May 7. The annual celebration first began in 1987 as the PCMA Education Foundation Professional Achievement Dinner, which became known as the Visionary Awards in 2016 to celebrate inspirational leaders in the business events industry.

 

Lakhani Hospitality celebrated its 15th anniversary with a $10 million renovation of Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore. The family-owned company, which started in 2002 with the Holiday Inn Skokie, is now comprised of five Chicagoland hotel companies, totaling close to 1,000 guest rooms.