Hotel Management Roundtable Looks at Upscale Construction Trends, Challenges
HB Exclusive: Meyer Jabara Hotels Doubles Down on Digital
Dirt, dollars and development were in the spotlight during Hotel Management’s recent Executive Roundtable, sponsored exclusively by Choice Hotels International. The event, held in June at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel during the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, brought together a varied group of hospitality leaders who examined aspects of the Executive Roundtable’s topic: “Trends and Challenges in Upscale New-Construction Development.”
With materials costs continuing to rise, labor shortages, parcel scarcity and high barriers to entry all in the mix, securing a great site with the best brand in the right market (emerging or otherwise) that will fulfill the industry mantra of location, location, location and also hold out the promise of a worthwhile and sustainable return on investment remains a key goal of owners and developers who go the new-build route in the upscale segment.
Meyer Jabara Hotels Selected to Manage New Hampton Inn by Hilton in Verona NY
BY HOTEL BUSINESS ON OCTOBER 2, 2019
DANBURY, CT—As 2019 nears its end, Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) is setting its sights to 2020 with an emphasis on the digital space. With the initiative, MJH is equipping all of its properties with digital marketing specialists.
Justin Jabara, VP of development, Meyer Jabara Hotels, said that because of this shift toward digital, MJH finds an opportunity to grow within the marketing segment.
According to Jabara, at one time, its in-house call center took up a large portion of the office. Over the years, call volumes have dropped and the way customers book continues to change, along with the ever-evolving social media landscape.
“It is our plan to take this department from best-in-class to industry leading. In order to do that, there is risk but with risk come opportunity. We are finding that a lot of that opportunity can be learned from companies and services outside of our industry,” he said.
The Cambria Hotel is now open in South Boston
[Danbury, Conn., October 2, 2019] — Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) has been selected by Benchmark Development of Lenox, Mass., to manage its owned and operated, new construction, Hampton Inn by Hilton in Verona, N.Y. Located adjacent to the award-winning Turning Stone Resort Casino, the hotel will be designed to mirror the tribal asset and it will feature 100 guest rooms, a fitness center, indoor pool, and other amenities. The modular construction project is expected to open in Summer 2020, offering tourists even more options when visiting the four-season destination region.
“Meyer Jabara Hotels came highly recommended as a management company with exceptional experience in destination planning,” said Brian Cohan, regional director of development for Benchmark Development. “The company’s familiarity with the New York hotel market and Hilton brands makes it uniquely qualified to draw to manage the day-to-day operations of the property once open. Hampton Inn by Hilton Verona will be a great addition to an area already accustomed to world-class amenities and award-winning guest service.”
Hurricane Dorian Continues Progress: MJH Hospitality Risk Manager, Terri Stanganelli, Shares How Meyer Jabara Hotels Prepares
By Nathan Tavares - October 1, 2019
Officially dubbed the Cambria Hotel Boston, Downtown-South Boston, the 14-floor hotel designed by local RODE Architects sits at 6 West Broadway, across from the Broadway MBTA stop. Though Sillery describes the geometric exterior as slick and modern, the interior boasts a midcentury-modern-meets-luxe-library vibe. The lobby is a play of materials—walls of glass, white subway tile and gray fabric, with upholstered lounge seating and glints of gold. Dark concrete floors transition to wide oak planks on the way to the adjoining restaurant and bar, where you’ll find tomes tucked onto long shelves.
EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Overcoming Connectivity Challenges to Seize Opportunities
The bottom line is, we are in business to support the community. The local fire departments drop off people whose homes were flooded. If we don’t have rooms available, we set up cots if needed. It’s during a time of crisis that our hotels become the biggest community asset. That’s the beauty of the business we are in. We need these plans, resources, talent and equipment to reopen quickly and help as many people as we can.
MJH Attracting Millennials with N.C. Comfort Suites
Strategic objectives for hospitality technology in 2019 puts a hyper-focus on improving digital customer engagement. Delivering on the mobile-driven and constantly connected needs of today’s guests will require robust bandwidth and uninterrupted connectivity. In this executive round table, three executives from hotel and technology companies offer advice and predictions on what trends are shaping the network needs for hotels and restaurants. These plugged-in experts also discuss new technology and capabilities that were not available just a few years ago and what they believe is vital to providing a foundation for the digital economy.
Guests, Meeting Planners Can Enjoy Blazing-Fast Internet Speeds at Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
A recent refresh of rooms and public areas and an upgrade of technology at the Comfort Suites in Gastonia, managed by Meyer Jabara Hotels, is seeing a boost in satisfaction scores with guests saying they are likely to return and recommend the hotel to friends.
Since renovating its Comfort Suites in Gastonia, North Carolina, in February, hotel manager Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) is seeing a steady flow of new travelers booking rooms and writing positive guest reviews, many saying they will return on their next visit and also recommend this property to others. Located at 1874 Remount Rd., the all-suite hotel has refreshed its public spaces, guestrooms and guest baths, and installed new technologies that are keeping travelers connected.
Meyer Jabara Hotels Encouraging Associates to Think Big
[Danbury, Conn., June 4, 2019] — When it comes to guest-facing technology, research shows that 42% of hoteliers are planning to upgrade their guest WiFi in 2019. Adding more broadband is a smart move considering that 41% of hotels will add smart TVs or upgrade their streaming capabilities this year, while others are making investments in guest-facing applications such as mobile payments, instant messaging, tablets at the front desk and in rooms, chatbots and even voice-enabled technologies. The Hilton Wilmington/Christiana, owned and operated by Meyer Jabara Hotels, is leading the Northern Delaware lodging market in broadband capacity thanks to a recent investment in its infrastructure and high-speed Internet offering that will address guest and meeting planner needs 10 years into the future.
MJH Bringing New Look, New Technology to Fairfield Inn by Marriott Charlotte Northlake
Danbury, Conn. — In 1977, Mike Dolan, director of sales for the new Stamford (Conn.) Marriott Hotel, had an idea. To help increase business on a slow winter weekend, Dolan approached Will Shortz, then editing crossword puzzles for Penny Press magazines in Stamford, with the idea of hosting a crossword tournament. Shortz, who today is best known as the "Puzzlemaster" for NPR and crossword editor of The New York Times, jumped at the offer. The rest is history.
Meyer Jabara Hotels Selected to Manage Cambria Fort Lauderdale
[Danbury, Conn., Feb. 19, 2019] — Today the Fairfield Inn by Marriott is competing head-on with hotels in the Charlotte/Northlake area now that its owner, Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH), has refreshed the property’s exterior and installed new technologies. Reaction to the renovation has been exceedingly positive, with guests and local patrons praising the hotel’s new look featuring bolder colors, brighter lights, beautiful landscaping, updated signage and a welcoming, newly constructed Porte Cochere. The biggest buzz, however, is coming from guests once inside their rooms.
The Chef’s Table and The Pastry Studio at the Crowne Plaza in Reading PA
[Danbury, Conn., January 22, 2019]—Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) has been selected to manage a new construction Cambria hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., scheduled to open in 2020. Owned by Jai and Jessica Motwani, president and CEO of real-estate development group Hotel Motel Inc., the 97-room asset will be located at 2231 N. Ocean Blvd., across the street from the Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, considered to be Fort Lauderdale's most extraordinary beachfront property. The hotel will have views of the ocean and intercostal. Beachfront access is only feet away. Groundbreaking will begin once three existing motels are demolished.
There’s something truly unique and special being offered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in suburban Wyomissing, PA. Past the entrance and lobby, deep inside of the hotel’s enormous commercial kitchen are The Chef’s Table and The Pastry Studio, two remarkable private dining spaces which can be reserved for small groups of up to 8 people for an exclusive gourmet tasting and an opportunity to get up close and personal with chefs as they prepare your meal live in front of you.