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More than just a place to stay

- Last modified: March 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

While Kinsley Construction of Wyomissing just completed construction of a new regional distribution center for Dollar General in Bethel Township, Berks County, the company also recently finished building the new 129-room Courtyard by Marriott in Glassboro, N.J.

The four-story hotel anchors the gateway to Rowan Boulevard, a $300 million revitalization project that directly links Rowan University with the borough’s downtown retail district, creating a college-town feel.

As you can see, hotels have come a long way from simply being places to go for overnight stays.

According to a news release, the Glassboro hotel features an indoor heated pool and whirlpool spa, an outdoor courtyard with a gas fire pit, a fitness center and the redesigned Bistro Café which offers casual dining, snacks and a bar area.

Five thousand-square-feet of meeting rooms and banquet facilities, along with full catering services, are available to meet the needs of the university and local businesses and organizations.

For today’s on-the-go exec, there are lots of technological enhancements to be found in many hotels.

A key component of the courtyard lobby is the newly enhanced GoBoard 4.0 which presents local information, maps, weather and headline news on a 55-inch LCD touchscreen. The GoBoard features mobile integration, allowing guests to send directions directly to their smartphones. Guests can also touch the screen for immediate access to detailed flight information for local airports, popular entertainment events and local event information, as well as walking directions. The hotel will be managed by the Shaner Hotel Group of State College.

In order to compete, hotels have already gone and are continuing to go further to incorporate technology into their creature comforts.

They also have the power to shape and drive downtown business.

This summer, Allentown will welcome the opening of its first new downtown hotel in decades, the upscale Renaissance Hotel by Marriott at Seventh and Hamilton streets.

Comfort Suites Allentown across from Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom recently upgraded all 121 suites to a new design, added free high-speed Wi-Fi access and is in the process of acquiring a large interactive info screen for the lobby, said Shannon Reinhardt, director of sales and marketing at Comfort Suites Allentown.

One of the key updates in technology is that the hotel added charging stations to all the rooms, Guests can keep their electronic devices charged with the recharge device, including AC and USB outlets provided in all guest rooms.

How will hotels continue to evolve as they become more than just places for overnight stays but gathering spaces for special events and meeting places for all types of businesses?

Most likely, they will adopt ever-changing technology to meet the consistent needs of business travelers.




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