Airport Hotels Going Upscale


Bloomberg Business published a story on the coming of age of airport JAXAP-CP-JACKSONVILLE-ExteriorDay1_previewhotels, changing from mostly budget or lower end to the move to upscale in places like Minneapolis, NY City, Atlanta and Denver.   The article gave various reasons for the change including passengers having increased expectations of airports of which anyone who has been in major airports easily noticing the more upscale restaurants and retail.  The article also said commercial real estate developers are seeing airports as fertile locations, driving by rising demand for rooms and conference space and the trend for US airports to upgrade their own spaces.  This results in terminals that could connect to hotel lobbies  with hotels including full service spas, chic bars and upscale restaurants.  With ADR increasing at airport hotels, it is attracting the attention of the major hotel companies.

Jacksonville’s Newest Place to Meet Receives Quality Meetings Performance Designation

Intercontinental Hotels Group recently awarded the new Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport with a “Meeting Service Excellence” designation for achieving impressive ratings from meeting planners based on property condition, quality of meeting services and overall satisfaction.

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Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport Opens After Renovation

InterContinental Hotels Group today announced that the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport has opened after undergoing a recent renovation. The 317-room property is the larger of only two fullservice hotels in the Jacksonville airport area.

“We are excited about the recent renovations that have taken place at our hotel,” said Mark Kane, general manager, Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport. “These improvements, along with being the largest and newest hotel near the Jacksonville airport, will allow us to provide an upscale guest experience for both business and leisure travelers visiting the city.”

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport has 315 guestrooms and 2 suites all well appointed with 37” flatscreen TVs, granite countertops, and many additional upgraded features. Guests have access to a variety of amenities including complimentary wi-fi in the guestrooms and public spaces, indoor/outdoor heated pool, fitness center, business center, same-day laundry and dry cleaning. The hotel has three dining offerings, including Rainforest Lounge, Savannah Bistro Restaurant, and Biscotti’s Internet Café.

“This hotel offers exceptional meeting and banquet space to cater to guests visiting the property for small-to medium-sized events,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. “The location of the hotel is convenient for business travelers arriving at the Jacksonville airport as well as leisure guests visiting nearby attractions.”

The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport is nearby a number of destinations including historic St. Augustine, Amelia Island and world-renowned golf courses and beaches. Guests departing on Carnival Cruise ships can also enjoy a short ride to the terminal.

The hotel has more than 8,000 square feet of flexible, upscale meeting space, which includes a 2,900 square foot ballroom. The property, located at 14670 Duval Road, is owned and managed by MMI Hotel Group, Inc., and under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.