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Autograph Collection just announced its first two hotels in California, plus a second in Davenport, Iowa, all of which are set to officially debut as AC properties next month. Looks like the brand is well on track to reach its goal of 50 hotels by the end of 2013.
First up is Hotel Adagio, a 171-room historical hotel near Union Square in San Francisco. This one caught our eye back in September when we visited and loved how fresh-looking the place looked after its $7 million renovations. In fact, back then, we even wrote how Hotel Adagio had parted ways with Joie De Vivre, so "perhaps the hotel's future may be brighter."
Looks like we were right about that one!
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Howard Johnson sure is getting a lot of love these days. First, it got featured on an episode of Mad Men (which, in turn, prompted a nifty promotion whereby you could get a free room if your name was actually Don Draper). Now, it's getting shout-outs from the Prez himself.
During a speech in Cedar Rapids, IA yesterday, Obama mentioned how he used to take childhood visits to HoJos with his mom, grandmother and sister.
The Des Moines Register points out that "the reference was meant to reinforce his middle-class roots, and paint a picture of the modest luxuries that should be available to Americans who work hard."
Fair enough. Though it's also worth mentioning, they're doing wonderful things with Holiday Inns these days too.
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A long, long, time ago, practically an eternity ago on the internet really, we learned that a hotel once designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Mason City, Iowa would reopen after years of disrepair in the grand year of 2010. So that didn't happen last year but ArtInfo reports on that after an $18 million renovation, The Historic Park Inn Hotel is now officially open to FLW-enthusiasts, and anyone else who is stranded in Mason City for a night.
After hanging in a state of precarious decline for the past 30 years, the renewed Historic Park Inn Hotel emerges with plenty for Wright fans to marvel at: his original art-glass skylights in the lobby, reproductions of furniture found in his other properties, a restored multi-colored terra-cotta façade, and a freshly repaired roof with its characteristically Prairie School hanging eaves. The hotel features 27 guest suites, a bar, a restaurant, and an 8,000-square-foot conference room.
Just in time for today's caucuses in Iowa, the Hotel Vetro is way more flash than you'd expect for flyover country. Located on Iowa City's pedestrian mall (who knew?!), it's one of those fancy hotels that takes full advantage of its college town market.
Many of the 54 suites in the 14-floor building overlook the University of Iowa campus. In-room, polished concrete floors, kitchenettes, free wifi, free bottled water and Starbucks coffee give the hotel an upscale feel despite the relatively low rates. And don't fear: The bathroom is far from useless, despite the W vibe:
We were impressed with the fancy, but functional room that included both a bathtub for two and a glass-walled shower. Lighting is great, and there is a make-up mirror. The sink was square and shallow. High-quality soap, shampoo and lotion was provided in large bottles.
You'll have plenty of time to enjoy it, too. Breakfast is served in-room until 11 am every morning.
· Suite Dreams in an Iowa City Boutique [Chicago Tribune]