Kevin Hilchey announced recently that Lodging Host Hotel Corp assumed the management of the Ex-Hyatt Dearborn Michigan on November 1, 2014. The hotel currently known as the Adoba Hotel Dearborn is located adjacent to the Fairlane Town Center Mall in Dearborn. The hotel has 772 guest rooms in 16 stories and 63,000 square feet of function space. This makes the hotel the second largest hotel in Michigan and the largest function space outside of the City of Detroit Convention Center.
“I can tell you I thought that Ford was big in Texas, our home, but as I look out the back window of the hotel at Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters, Ford is big in Dearborn, Michigan” Kevin Hilchey, President of Lodging Host remarked on a recent visit to the hotel. “When I look then to the left I see the headquarters of The American Automobile Association (better know as “Triple A” or AAA) and I know that this is a town that the auto industry built.”
Patrick Hilchey, Corporate Director of Marketing for Lodging Host remarked “There is no doubt that this is a turnaround project. The city of Detroit and the Auto industry in general took a big hit in the economic downturn. But like Ford and the city of Dearborn, this hotel survived, avoided bankruptcy and is now poised to make a rebound. The economy here is making a comeback, unemployment is falling and we are looking forward to the bright future of this iconic hotel.”
When asked about Lodging Host assuming such a large project Janet Glynn, Regional Director for Lodging Host replied “Take a representative from each of the top 50 Independent Management Companies in the country, put them in a room and ask who has operated a hotel this size and one or two people might raise their hand. Our largest hotel to date was a 365 room hotel at the airport in Atlanta with 18,000 square feet of function space so this surely passes that. We have extensive experience in Food and Beverage operation in our history.”
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 two of our staff members got hitched! Crissy Como, Chief Executive House Keeping, and Ryan Edward, Chief Executive Maintenance, were married here at The Plantation Suites & Conference Center. The intimate ceremony was followed by a reception in our conference room where close friends and family all gathered to celebrate the happy new couple! Congratulation you two!
According to the October fishing reports, there have been a lot of big catches this fall! It was reported that vessels out of Deep Sea Headquarters caught about 105 blackfin tuna on a 12hr. trip. Another vessel caught an 8ft, 200lbs, spinner shark while fishing aboard the Dolphin Express. People fishing the local piers have been bringing in whiting, flounder, and trout. The fishing reports further state that the minor cold fronts moving in will get the redfish moving about. The people in Port A. are pretty excited about the abundance of fish this fall. Come join fun!
Unfortunately, the Mustang Fest did things a little differently this year. Do to location and scheduling changes the Mustang drivers could not stay with us. However, there were some who refused to stay anywhere else and drove the extra miles to Plantation Suites & Conference Center. They told us that they have been part of Mustang Fest since before 2012 and have stayed here every time. This year was no exception. All the driver’s agreed that they “loved it here.” They said the drive was worth it to stay in a place where they know they will get the best service.
Well, we LOVED having them this weekend! They are always so friendly. They even let some of us sit in their awesome rides. Till next year, Mustang Fest!!
At the end of the summer we like to throw a celebration with all our employees. It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for working so hard during this extremely busy season and for giving up time at the beach to serve our guests.
It’s a marry celebration with the owners, managers, and employees in attendance. Kevin Hilchey, President of Lodging Host Hotel Corp., grilled steaks for the whole crew by the poolside. There were festive games such as the Bed Making Contest held in our conference room (action shots below). A heated battle arose between our former GM, Shawn, and new AGM, Alex. In the end Toni, Guest Service Rep., took the win! Her prize was a two nights stay at a hotel in Houston, TX, and Six Flags tickets. Other activities included Port A. Trivia which was both fun and educational for the staff. It included questions like: “how many ferry boats are there in Port A.?” The staff got to show off their knowledge about Port Aransas which was great practice for answering guest questions. Lorraine, Guest Service Rep., decorated the cake with the famous Plantation Suites & Conference Center logo.
All in all, it was a wonderful way to celebrate the summer’s end with fellow team members and staff.
We had a boys baseball team stay with us this past month. There was a lot of activity in the hotel with all the boys around and about! Upon their departure they left this us a note. Here is snippet of what it said:
“I want to express my gratitude to you and your staff for an absolute wonderful stay. The staff, rooms and service was perfect. Everyone in Marshall Texas has been so nice to me and my family they say that New Orleans is the home of hospitality, but they hold no candle to Marshall! They (hotel staff) touched us most with their outstanding service and most importantly, their PASSION for their work duties.” – Sincerely,Brad H.
Thank you for staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Marshall, TX! We had so much fun while they were here!
One of our guest took the time to review and give us some feedback! He left us these kind words on IHG:
“I stayed at the Holiday Express in Silver City on 7 & 8th, August.. As usual the friendly staff greeted me like a family. The renovation looks great and the room was fantastic. The management and the staff are the best in New Mexico. I stay a lot of places in New Mexico; however, I try to stay here, even if I have to travel a little more. They are great and very professional. Thank You.” – Moabed (IHG Rewards Card Gold Elite)
We are so lucky to have such a gracious guest. Thank you, Moabed, for staying with us!
In the spirit of National Family Fun month, here is a story of how two families became great friends at Plantation Suites & Conference Center.
Laura and her family have been coming to to Plantation Suites & Conference Center for years. One summer, about 5 years ago, they met Karen and her family. Both of the families enjoyed spending time together at the pool and chatting. Their children also hit it off! They didn’t exchange phone numbers; however, when Laura and her family came back the following year Karen was there with her family!
Laura commented and said, “Now we have lifelong family friends. Thank you, Plantation Suites and Karen.”
Karen also commented and replied, “We are very thankful for meeting our new long life friends here. Love plantation suites and our new ‘family.’”
It’s neat to watch how people come together here at Plantation Suites & Conference Center. The family environment radiates community, and we are so thankful that people can enjoy the hotel and everyone here. Thank you, Laura and Karen, for sharing your story with us!
In our busy lives today there are many things we expect to happen. For instance, when I want to cross the street I wait for the hand to go away and the walking person to appear. I expect that the sea of cars, full of impatient looking people, will wait for me. I expect this even though they are bigger and stronger than I am and look much more ready to move forward than I do. In my mind, everything always goes as it “should.” The cars get to go when the light turns green, and I make it safely across. My life was spared because people followed rules. The more I thought about the uncertainty of it the more I really appreciated those cars waiting for me to cross.
At this point, I am sure everyone reading this is thinking, “what does this have to do with the Comfort Suites, La Porte, Tx?”
Let me get to the point and tell the story that sparked this direction of thought. We had a lovely guest named Ann (picture is below). She is 83 years old and one of the sweetest—brings cookies to you at Christmas kind of way— human beings. She stayed here two nights with her family. Both nights she asked the front desk receptionist Lacy if she could have some milk to take with her medicine. Lacy found the milk we put out for breakfast and poured Ann a cup full. What Lacy did would seem to most guests and employers something that was expected of her. However, Ann thought of it differently. She told her granddaughter, Kaitlin (the one who told us this story), that Lacy’s actions “made her feel special.” She really appreciated what Lacy had done for her. When I heard this story I thought of the world today and how insensitive of a place it has become. When did we start expecting and stop appreciating what people do for us? Thank you, Ann, for reminding us that even the most seemly insignificant tasks should be appreciated.