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The Heldrich Hotel: A New Jersey Home For The Holidays
By: Gretchen Kelly
As travelers head toward New York City for holiday season, planning a classic wintery mix of shopping, window-gazing and tree trimming at Rockefeller Center, hotels on the fringes of Manhattan are getting more love than usual.
With lower prices and the chance of more flexible availability than their Gotham-side counterparts, hotels like New Brunswick, New Jersey's Heldrich make smart holiday sense for out-of-towners looking for a "Silver Bells" Christmas/holiday time in the city.
The Heldrich, a 235-boutique-style hotel with sophisticated design and a robust lobby art collection gets extra points for being right across the street from The State Theatre New Jersey where travelers can get in extra holiday cheer with a diverse and crowd pleasing roster of shows (recent shows include an evening discussing the American presidency with famed Watergate reporter, Bob Woodward and a full orchestra performance of the music from Star Wars. On other holiday occasions 60s superstar, Jose Feliciano has performed a special "Feliz Navidad" holiday show while a guest of the Heldrich himself).
U.S. News & World Report Names The Heldrich Hotel to "Best Hotel List for 2018
The Heldrich is proud to be named to the prestigious U.S. News "Best Hotels" list for 2018. An overview of The hotel stated, "In the central New Jersey city of New Brunswick The Heldrich is a stylish alternative to the numerous chain properties that occupy real estate there. The guest rooms are spacious and bright, joining vibrant yellows and blues with muted greens and rich browns; each room comes loaded with marble and granite bathrooms, down bedding and complimentary high-speed internet access."
The eighth annual U.S. News Best Hotels rankings evaluate more than 24,000 luxury properties across the United States, Europe, Bermuda, Canada and Mexico. The methodology accounts for both expert and guest sentiment, in addition to industry accolades a hotel receives, the combination of which helps determine each hotel's rank. For more information, please see the methodology.
U.S. News & World Report established the Best Hotels list to identify the top properties across North America, Europe and the Caribbean. The U.S. News hotel ranking is updated annually. For the complete list of top hotels and resorts in the United States, visit https://travel.usnews.com/hotels/
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Benchmark Resort & Hotels and Gemstone Collection Celebrate Summer Cyber Week with Offers Up to 50% Off
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2018 … Extraordinary travel values are just a click away as luxury hotels and resort properties from Gemstone Collection and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels celebrate Summer Cyber Weekfrom Tuesday, May 29 through June 4, 2018. Travelers can choose from an array of award-winning hotels in America’s most exciting destinations with sunsationalvalues of up to 50% off accommodations and services. Full details of each hotel’s getaway offers are shown at www.BenchmarkCyberSale.com and www.GemstoneCyberSale.com .
“It’s our way of celebrating the anticipation and eagerness that comes with the arrival of summer. Our participating hotels are located in destinations that offer an exciting mix of adventure, history, scenic beauty and local charm,” says Ted Davis, Benchmark's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “Benchmark is committed to providing its guests with authentic travel experiences of discovery, inspiration, joy and transformation. It’s all a reflection of our spirit of Wanderlust, and our desire to offer truly extraordinary summer escapes and getaways to travelers and adventure seekers everywhere. It’s a wonderful way to start the summer travel season!”
Bookings must be made from Tuesday, May 29th through midnight, Monday, June 4th. Rates are subject to availability and some Blackout Dates may apply.
Participating hotels and resorts include the following, with more resorts at the Summer Cyber Sale links: www.BenchmarkCyberSale.com and www.GemstoneCyberSale.com:
The Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village overlooks beautiful South Lake Tahoe in California, a center for summer adventure, with boating, fishing and swimming, and at the resort there’s a host of activities including golf, tennis and hiking. When the sun goes down, Lake Tahoe lights up with nearby casinos for gaming and topflight entertainment. Part of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, The Forest Suites at Heavenly Village offers 35% off select stays that include breakfast, WiFi, parking, a wine and cheese reception and S’mores Night.
In Vail, Tivoli Lodge, a member of the Gemstone Collection, invites guests to enjoy 50% off stays in the charming Swiss chalet’s mountain view rooms. With 66 deluxe rooms, this mountain escape provides both casual and fine dining and a host of recreational activities. Summer in Vail Village is filled with sports events, concerts and local celebrations.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Costa d’ Este Beach Resort & Spa offers guests savings of 40% off best available rate when booking during Summer Cyber Week for stays through September 30, 2018. Part of the Gemstone Collection, this 94-room beachfront resort is set in charming Vero Beach on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast. Guests enjoy a beachfront infinity-edge swimming pool, beach activities, indoor and outdoor dining and drink options, a luxury spa, fitness center, and activities from watersports to Sunrise Yoga on the Beach.
Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort says Aloha to summer with Cyber Week values that increase with the length of stay at this leading Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property, named a “Top Hawaii Resort” by Conde Nast Traveler six years in a row. Guests receive 10% off on a four-night stay, 15% off on five nights and 20% off on six-night stays. Located on Oahu's fabled North Shore, the stunning beachfront resort offers an array of adventures including surfing, paddleboard, kayaking, golf and several adventure hikes, tours and helicopter sightseeing.
Escape to Chicagoland’s Eaglewood Resort & Spa with a special rate of $129per room through August 18, 2018. This special Summer Cyber Week rate includes a full breakfast for two daily. Part of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, the resort is located in Itasca, close to downtown Chicago, and features championship golf, tennis and a deluxe spa, plus outstanding dining options.
The Copley Square Hotel in Boston’s exclusive and iconic Back Bay, celebrates summer with 30% off stays now through Labor Day. Guests will enjoy accommodations in one of the hotel’s 143 guest rooms or suites, plus complimentary WiFi, morning coffee and a convivial Copley Cocktail Hour each evening. The Gemstone property is close to Boston’s legendary cultural and historic attraction and many of the city’s top dining spots.
This Summer Cyber Week, The Heldrich Hotel offers 30% off a guest’s next stay. Located in downtown New Brunswick, The Heldrich, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property, draws visitors to nearby Rutgers University and the city’s noted hospitals and pharmaceuticals companies. The hotel is just steps from three preforming arts centers and an array of fine restaurants, making it a great choice for a weekend getaway.
Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, celebrates with a Summer Cyber Week offer of 30% off stays between now and Labor Day. The Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property is set on 114 wooded acres just 30 miles north of Manhattan. Doral Arrowwood is the New York metro-area’s leading resort offering exceptional golf, tennis, swimming and a host of fun activities and dining options. The surrounding Westchester area provides great shopping, historic attractions and scenic areas overlooking the Hudson River.
In the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, High Hampton Resort in Cashiers marks Summer Cyber Week with 20% off room rates, now through November 15, 2018. The Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property is set on a 1400-acre estate, featuring hiking, golf, tennis, watersports on Hampton Lake, llama and falconry programs. A sumptuous spa offers the ultimate in relaxation.
Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa™ is set in Pigeon Forge, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property offers Summer Cyber Week savings of35% per room per night on select dates throughout the year. Part of the acclaimed Dollywood Theme Park, the resort and its exceptional facilities and top musical entertainment are built around rich traditions of storytelling, family and togetherness.
The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center opens in August 2018 on the campus of the legendary Texas A&M University as part of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. With a Summer Cyber Week savings of 50%, guests can be among the first to stay at the striking, 250-room hotel that overlooks Kyle Field, home to the university’s major athletic events. Unlike most university conference centers, the property will be open to anyone who wishes to use its facilities, making the richness of the “Aggie” experience available to a wide range of groups and individuals. Book by June 4, 2018 for stays valid August 27 - December 31, 2018.
Topnotch Resort at Stowe, part of the Gemstone Collection, welcomes guests with 20% savings off accommodations from June 1– August 31, 2018. Set in ski country in the vibrant resort town of Stowe, the mountainside resort is a AAA Four Diamond property with a world-class spa. With 68 rooms and 28 resort homes, Topnotch is perfect for couples or families who can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, shopping and dining out in nearby Stowe.
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, part of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, is providing a 20% savings on mountain adventures, tours and equipment rentals in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Guests hit the area’s trails, rivers and creeks for hiking, biking, kayaking, SUPing and birdwatching provided by a local company, Mountain Adventures. Also included is an Adventure Pack with guidebook, energy drinks, snacks, water and other adventure essentials. DED
Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, offers 30% off stays on select dates through August 2018. West Virginia’s only AAA Four Diamond lakeside resort and part of the Benchmark Resorts and Hotels brand, Stonewall Resort is an Adirondack-style lodge with rustic charm, spectacular lake and mountain views and luxurious accommodations. Recreational opportunities abound from the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course ranked third in the United States, to kayaking, boating or fishing on Lake Stonewall Jackson or hiking through the adjacent parklands. After a day of play, guests relax in the Mt. Laurel Spa and dine in the resort’s three onsite restaurants.
The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa, a member of Benchmark Resorts and Hotels, welcomes guests to its 90-acre property on the shores of spectacular Geneva Lake with savings of 30% now through December 2018. The resort is located just 80 miles from downtown Chicago and 50 miles from Milwaukee. The area has a long history as a vacation retreat and is known for its quaint towns and historic homes as well as its beautiful lake and woodlands. Guests enjoy an array of watersports, hiking and biking and the services of the luxurious Avani Spa.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, a Four Diamond resort in the Southern Caribbean, is making summer special with 50% off best available rates on guest accommodations that offer views of the Caribbean Sea. A Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property on the island of Curacao, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is located on 27 oceanfront acres and features amenities and activities such as guided hiking tours, diving, championship golf, an intimate spa, multiple restaurant options, three swimming pools, and a white-sandy beach bordered by a crystal-clear swimming lagoon.
About Gemstone Collection
The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence. A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine. www.gemstonehotelcollection.com To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/GemstoneHotelCollection, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemstoneHotels, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/gemstonehotels, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels/gemstone-hotels
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