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Mar 04, 2010

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anonymous

Thats actually the right luxury brand for Greensboro. Its above a Hilton or a Marriott but below a Westin and Omni.

Jeff

As one who is involved in travel sales, Crowne Plaza is widely considered to be little more than a spiffed-up Holiday Inn. The W or Aloft (Starwood Hotels) or Cambria Suites (Comfort Hotels) brands would appear to be better fits, based on the proposed (?) scaled-back model.

anonymous

If you look at many of the Crowne Plaza hotels, they do look ordinary but the brand name is upscale. If you look around the country, Crowne Plazas are mainly located in major urban cities with exception to a few cities like Greenville, SC and Hickory, NC. A number of the Crowne Plazas are just as luxurious as the Westins. But yes some of the older Crowne Plazas do look cheap and less luxurious than the Hyatt Place in Greensboro. The one in uptown Charlotte looks pretty cheap. Im sure the proposed hotel in Greensboro will be a very nice looking Crowne Plaza. With a brand like this and since the hotel developers are reducing the number of rooms and rates, this hotel could be viable in the planned downtown location. They should have started along this path in the beginning instead of proposing a 300 room ultra luxury hotel. If they planned smaller in the beginning, we wouldn't have so many people questioning the viability of this hotel today.

Jeff

Assuming that the "Construction Journal" (whatever that is) is on target (which is suspect, in that many of these sort of publications will readily print unconfirmed rumors), then the capabilities of the Chisholm group should once again be called into question. National chains tend to draw the dwindling expense-account crowd, who will, by their typical activity, be drawn more to the north end of Elm. To succeed in the target area, the new property would appear to need to affiliate with an edgier brand (which would exclude Crowne Plaza).

anonymous

Hotel Indigo, which is also owned by the same parent company that owns Crowne Plaza would be a unique brand for Greensboro. But I think this hotel should be no more than 150 rooms. Some would question if this hotel even needs that many rooms. A modest 75 to 100 room hotel would be more acceptable among the skeptics. In fact it might be a better idea for the hotel developers to start out at about 100 rooms and as the hotel climate improves in Greensboro, expand in the future.

Ed Cone

Jeff, not sure if you clicked through to the CJ link, but it's not a "rumor," it's a detailed project outline.

Jeff

While it's more than a rumor, there are many of these sort of "hot lead" publiications out there that will publish things prematurely. The project outline they post is an industry-standard (CSI) model that can be auto-generated.

Ed Cone

Not sure what you're saying here, Jeff -- first you raised the suspicion that this is an "unconfirmed rumor," now you say "it's more than a rumor..."

This isn't a contract, or even a press release, but it does seem to show that the local developers have worked with Crowne Plaza as a possible flag on their still-undefined project.

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