Who Says a Heritage Hotel Brand Can’t Learn New Tricks?

In recent years, heritage hotel brands have sent out more boutique and lifestyle tendrils than a grapevine. But sometimes there’s nothing like the dependability and life force of the tap root, the original.

Click or slide through these three familiar names with something fresh and new to offer.

Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

They’re celebrating in Omaha. The city that calls itself “Gateway to West” just witnessed the birth of the first new, full-service, up-market hotel to open in more than a decade. It’s the hotel anchor for Omaha’s burgeoning entertainment district—and a property offering more than 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a rooftop pool with a bar and outdoor event areas.

Albany Marriott

Since we’re on the subject of Marriotts, the New York state capital’s second-largest hotel, Albany Marriott, has just finished the first phase of a $15 million refresh. Phase Two, expected to be completed later this year, will have the 31-year-old property—including its 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space—basking with the glow of youth again.

Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel & Conference Center

After a $5-million renovation that added hydro massage chairs and a new sauna, Peak Hospitality is reopening the 300-room hotel and water park formerly known as Hotel Cascada. Wyndham Albuquerque is now also the proud home to two upgraded restaurants, Altitude Sports Grill and Manzanita Grill, and 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Hilton Atlanta

An Atlanta landmark, Hilton Atlanta has poured multi-millions into a redo all 1,249 guest rooms and 129,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and has added a pair of ballrooms. With 23 breakout rooms and enhanced internet and AV, meeting spaces are now readier than ever for multi-group hosting. Trader Vic’s and Nikolai’s Roof preserve the property’s 41-year history as a destination.

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