Category Archives: Port Aransas TX

Plantation Suites and Conference Center Sells

Kevin P Hilchey, President of Lodging Host Hotel Corporation, announced today that the Plantation Suites and Conference Center sold on February 13th. “Whoever said that nothing good happens on Friday the 13th?” quipped Mr. Hilchey.

Lodging Host operated the property for Aransas Suites Hotel Ltd. since 1999. Originally opened with the assistance of Lodging Host in 1997, the Limited Partnership later hired Lodging Host to be the day-by-day management company two years later.

The property had been a integral part of the community of Port Aransas over the years. It hosted many of the island’s events over its 18 year history. The most noted recent event was “Mustang Fest”. Port Aransas is on Mustang Island and for the last 8 years has hosted a rally of Ford Mustang automobiles that start their trek to Mustang Island from Mustang, CO picking up auto enthusiasts along the way. Over the years the event outgrew the hotel filling most of the available rooms on the Island but the hotel remained the sign in point for the event and a favorite overnight of the early adopters.

We wish the new ownership much continued success. Harry Collins, GM of the hotel, stayed on with the new ownership so you’ll still see familiar faces when frequenting the hotel.

Lodging Host Takes over Management of Ex-Hyatt Dearborn

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.”



Wedding Bells

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!



Fall Fishing 2014

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!!

Mustang 4 Mustang 3 Luis Bustro


End of Summer Party

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.

Shawn & Alexphoto photo 4

Lifelong Friends

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!

A monstera angel & a rewarding job

One of the things that is so rewarding working at The Plantation Suites & Conference Center in Port Aransas, Tx, is being able to create a good experience for someone. The icing-on-the-cake is when someone returns a great experience with a “thank you.” This is a note and the gift that was left for us by our wonderful guest Phyllis and her husband.

“We spent a few glorious days at fantastic Plantation Suites & can’t thank you all enough. I made you a parting gift ~ this Monstera Angel ~ made from the leaf sheaths of the big leafed Monstera Plants around the pool. Thank you for a wonderful few days…. We will be back. Thanks Shawn & all your pleasant staff we had the pleasure of meeting!” -Phyllis


Thanks you, Phyllis, for being so generous with your kindness! Come back and stay with us soon!

Monstera Angel ~ made by Phyllis from the leaf sheaths of the Monstera Plants around the poolside.
Monstera Angel ~ made by Phyllis from the leaf sheaths of the Monstera Plants around the poolside.

Sweetheart Molly!



Meet Molly and Andy! They came in as a walk in and Andy, Molly’s owner started to inform the front desk rep that other pet friendly hotels were scared of Molly and said that she was too big to stay on their properties. Then the Plantation Suites’ front desk rep asked Andy with compassion and no fear “What kind of dog is Molly?” She is an English Mastiff with the biggest heart.

They enjoyed their stay at Plantations Suites and as they were checking out Andy shared that he had lost his beloved wife last year and he now has Molly. She has not only been an encouragement and blessing to Andy but to many other guests at Plantation Suites. They enjoyed meeting her because she is a sweet heart and social butterfly but really a social dog! If you are a pet lover, you can understand the truth behind the statement, “a dog is a man’s best friend”. Andy said that his first night with us was amazing and that they will be returning to stay with us again!!

Thank you Andy and Molly for stay with us and for sharing your heart. We were happy to have you and we look forward to your next stay with us.


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