Posted 9/10/2012 - 10:04:06 PM
Arnold Palmer,, left, and J.W. Marriott, Jr.
LATROBE, PA–Marriott International executive chairman J.W. Marriott Jr., and championship golfer Arnold Palmer helped open the 109-suite SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Latrobe hotel here in Palmer's hometown, 40 miles from Pittsburgh.
The new-build hotel is a joint venture between Palmer Hospitality, LP. and Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co. and private investor Keith McGraw. Raleigh, NC-based Concord Hospitality developed and will operate the hotel. Guests at the hotel are able to golf at Palmer's Latrobe Country Club, a members-only golf club located less than a mile from the hotel, where Palmer (left in the photo) learned to play. The hotel is decorated with numerous examples of Palmer's personal memorabilia collection.
Launched in 1998, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a mid-priced, all suite hotel concept, currently has nearly 300 hotels open in the U.S. and Canada. Another 75 are in the advanced planning stage or in construction. Marriott (right in the photo) described SpringHill as Marriott's fastest growing mid-price brand, growing at roughly 36% a year.
During his illustrious career, Palmer won 92 national and international championships, 62 of them on the regular PGA Tour. Concord Hospitality manages or has under construction more than 80 hotels, offering more than 11,000 guestrooms in 25 states and two Canadian provinces.