Archive for August, 2013

NJ’s Saddle Brook Holiday Inn to Undergo $10M in Renovations

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Not many people from the area would give a raving review of the Holiday Inn in Saddle Brook, NJ. The building, located off of Route 80 and current closed, was definitely in need of some serious TLC.

The building, however, was recently bought out by a group known as Alena Hospitality, LLC. The group plans to renovate and reopen the building in January of 2014, rebranded as a Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Nik Patel, a young entrepreneur at the age of 30, bought the hotel for a stunningly low $1.6 million – a far cry from the asking price of $2.8 million, which he negotiated directly with the foreclosing bank. His organization plans to put more than $10 million into renovations before reopening.

The building has been closed for almost 3 years now. The hotel, which is located near a railroad track, will have all new soundproof windows installed to ensure the comfort of patrons.

They entire building will be renovated from top to bottom, and they hope to attract a great crowd for Superbowl XLVIII next year!

Soundproofing Isn’t Just for Sleepers

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Hotels are always looking for the newest and best features – to be the cutting edge and to top the list of places travelers want to stay. That’s why many are now thinking outside the box when it comes to adding not only standard amenities but special features as well.

While this means that some hotels are stepping up their culinary options or the thread count of their sheets, places like the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara are taking things to an entirely new level. This particular hotel has created a soundproof booth designed for teleconferencing.

Catering to the business crowd is a top-notch idea. Those traveling on business, or even those on working vacations, often struggle to find quiet places where they can touch base with the office or take that international business call they simply couldn’t wiggle out of despite traveling. The soundproof booths give them a place to get away from family, friends, and other hotel guests so that they can take care of business in a quiet environment.

A lot of hotel chains are encouraging their individual hotel managers to experiment and listen to customer feedback. They want to implement the changes their patrons are asking for – and they’re definitely working hard to make things work.