MANHATTAN, Kan. – The first-ever Four Points by Sheraton in the state of Kansas will open in Manhattan in 2012. A first-class facility for guests and conventions in the Manhattan community since 1980, the Clarion Hotel (530 Richards Drive) is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation project. The owner of the hotel, Dennis Hulsing, President and CEO of Hulsing Enterprises, LLC, has signed an agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., to become a Four Points by Sheraton in November 2012. Focused on providing the best-possible experience for guests and recognizing the growth of hotels in the Manhattan community, Hulsing sought to introduce the largest and most aggressive renovation in the property's history and partner with one of the nation's most recognizable and trusted brands.
The initial steps in the construction project began in January with the renovation and enhancement of the hotel's guest bathrooms with the installment of new bathtubs and tile in all 197 guest rooms. Last week, the project entered its next phase as construction began on the exterior of the hotel's east side.
The exterior wall project, which is being constructed by Manhattan contractor Trinium, a sub-company of Hi-Tech Interiors, will include extending and enclosing the outside facing guest rooms on each side of the property. J Webb Design of Kansas City, an interior design company, will be in charge of redesigning a majority of the hotel's interior and exterior surfaces. A number of fellow Manhattan-area entities, including Mid-American Plumbing, Roberts Electric, Tri-City Fence, HTI, Manko, Associated Insulation Inc, Elite Concrete, Ebert Mayo, Steve Miller Construction, and Cool Enterprises, will provide extensive involvement in facilitating assistance as the hotel upgrades and enhances its many amenities to continue to provide guests with an outstanding experience within the largest operating space of any hotel in the Manhattan community.
"Obviously, as the Manhattan community remains in a stage of exciting and continual growth, we remain committed to our mission of providing first-class services to our thousands of guests and clients annually," said Jenn Alley, Director of Sales and Catering at the Clarion Hotel. "We maintain outstanding partnerships with a variety of different groups, including both large and small state associations, intercollegiate athletics organizations and Division I-A athletic teams, and also remain a perfect venue for wedding receptions, family gatherings, as well as an abundance of other independent meetings.
"As this hotel undergoes this vast and exciting transformation to an upscale facility, we will significantly enhance the experience for our valued guests while maintaining the same outstanding customer service and individual attention that visitors have come to expect when walking through our doors."
The present Clarion Hotel first opened as a Holiday Inn Holidome and operated under that brand name during its first 26 years. In 2006, K-State alumnus and supporter Dennis Hulsing, of Hulsing Enterprises, LLC, purchased the property, and immediately financed guest room and public area renovations before re-flagging to the Clarion Hotel brand that September. The hotel has facilitated annual enhancements in each of the past five years under Hulsing, including the installment of bathroom tile and granite counter tops, and updated carpet in both the lobby and in guest rooms.
Four Points by Sheraton falls under the umbrella of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., with a reputation for providing outstanding service and guest satisfaction at an affordable price. The array of amenities includes modern and comfortable guest rooms, complimentary Internet access, 42-inch Televisions, a delicious breakfast, and a local beer program, Best Brews.
Starwood offers many other hotel brands, including Aloft, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, and Element. Guests of these brands can join the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program and earn rewards by accumulating points and miles.
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