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7/20/2018

Olympia Wins Two Hotel of the Year Awards

PORTLAND, Maine, June 20, 2018 -- Olympia Hotel Management is proud to announce that it is currently holding the top awards for two of the world's major select service brands, Hyatt Place and Hilton Garden Inn.

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1/24/2018

Olympia Companies Sets Ambitious Growth Plans

The Olympia Companies has set an ambitious growth plan in motion for this year, with a full roster of openings and new developments ahead. Known for its upscale luxury properties, such as the Inn by the Sea in Maine and The Alfond Inn at Rollins in Winter Park, FL, as well as a number of branded select-service hotels, The Olympia Companies is continuing to pursue diverse opportunities nationwide.

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12/13/2017

Anthony Beach Named General Manager of Sophy Hotel

SOPHY, a new 98-room hotel, is under construction and scheduled to open in summer 2018. The hotel is located at 53rd St. and Dorchester Ave. in Hyde Park near the future Barack Obama Presidential Library, the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. Anthony Beach will be assuming the role of general manager at SOPHY when it opens this upcoming summer.

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12/19/2017

The Berkshires Makes "Top 50 Places" List

"Leaf-peeping and a thriving farm-to-table food scene (the country’s first CSA sprouted here) lure out-of-towners to the bucolic far western corner of Massachusetts. But the arts have long been their own major draw: Tanglewood, the Clark Art Institute, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival all call the area home, as does MASS MoCA, a popular modern art destination housed in a circa-1800s textile mill in North Adams."

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12/5/2017

Luxury Boutique Hotels Become Part of the College Experience

The Olympia Companies, based in Portland, Maine, specializes in hotel development and management. Sara Masterson, vice president of hotel management, runs a portfolio made up of the non-flagged hotels owned or managed by Olympia. Most are campus-adjacent properties. “College-affiliated ownership has a different set of challenges,” she says. “Their goals differ from a regular hotel, and they often have diverse purposes beyond profits.” In addition to being the front door to the school for students, parents, alumni, visiting professors and other university-related business, most colleges want an affiliated hotel to reflect their values. To that end, according to Masterson, “The hotels become mirror images of the missions of the schools they serve.”

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10/17/2017

The Alfond Inn #1 Hotel in Florida

The Alfond Inn at Rollins has been recognized as the best hotel in Florida for the third consecutive year in the 30th annual Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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10/17/2017

Inn by the Sea a Top Ten Resort

Inn by the Sea, located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and just minutes from Portland, Maine has once again been selected by Conde Nast Traveler Readers as being a Top Ten Resort in the 30th Annual Readers Choice Awards for the Top Resorts in New England. Congratulations to Inn by the Sea!

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9/1/2017

Hyatt House and Hyatt Place Sneak Peek

A special thank you to Great River Property Development for sharing this sneak peek drone footage of the Hyatt House and Hyatt Place in East Moline, IL. Scheduled to open in Fall of 2018!

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8/8/2017

Introducing Sophy

The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels are bringing a luxury boutique hotel to the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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8/2/2017

Top 25 Colleges of the Midwest

The University of Chicago and Oberlin College make the top ten of Forbes Top 25 Colleges of the Midwest for 2017. The Olympia Companies is proud to manage a hotel on or near each of these top rated Colleges. University of Chicago: Hyatt Place Chicago South Oberlin College: The Hotel at Oberlin

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8/2/2017

America's Top Colleges 2017

For the 10th anniversary, Forbes aligned its ranking of America's Top Colleges 2017 with what they value most: superior return on investment, high impact, leadership and success; and a first-rate student-consumer experience. We send warm congratulations to Duke University, Williams College, University of Chicago, and Swarthmore College for being named on this year's list as a top college in America. The Olympia Companies is proud to manage hotels on or near these four top campuses: Duke University: Hilton Garden Inn Durham Williams College: The Williams Inn University of Chicago: Hyatt Place Chicago South Swarthmore College: The Inn at Swarthmore

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7/27/2017

Achieve Hospitality Architecture That Impresses - Part 2

"The most prosperous hotels embrace local opportunities. They might, for instance, support a manufacturing district or link to a transit hub. Therefore, the challenge for architects is to design hotels that not only cater to the preferences of those most likely to use them, but also respond to regional nuances. A case in point is the new Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park."

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7/18/2017

North of Orlando, an Elegant Florida Vacation Awaits

Brunch with a Side of Modern Art "Bring on the day with brunch at the Alfond Inn, a boutique hotel with walls adorned with lively and engaging modern art, including Alfredo Jaar's sunrise-hued neon "Be Afraid of the Enormity of the Possible." At the inn's restaurant, Hamilton's Kitchen -- named for a former Rollins president, not the trending Founding Father -- the shrimp and grits is a must. Its North Florida-sourced grits are freshly milled, which makes this kitchen's take on the Southern staple extra tasty."

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7/3/2017

The Alfond Inn Makes Travel + Leisure's World's Best List - Twice

The Alfond Inn, located in Winter Park, FL, steps from Rollins College, is honored to be named one of the Top 15 City Hotels in the U.S., just one-tenth of a point behind the number one spot for the 2017 Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. In 2016, The Alfond Inn held the number nine spot. In addition to making the Top 15 City Hotels in the U.S., The Alfond Inn is humbled to have also been recognized as one of the top 100 hotels in World.

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6/30/2017

All Play and No Work: 10 Central Florida Staycations

"Nothing like getting plunked down in the middle of one of Central Florida’s most artistic, scenic, historic, walkable settings for a soothing getaway. It’s the kind of class that can’t be dismissed" "But you don’t have to be a scholar to matriculate at the lounge with an art-inspired craft cocktail, or at the courtyard for a brunch of chicken and white-cheddar crepes, or at the inn’s farm-to-table restaurant, Hamilton's Kitchen, for veal osso buco or black garlic risotto."

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5/24/2017

The 10 Best College Hotels

The 10 Best College Hotels Across the Country #5 OBERLIN: The Hotel at Oberlin, Oberlin, OH "A stone’s throw from Oberlin College, this boutique hotel is among five in the country meeting the United States Green Building Council LEED Platinum standard. Most notably, it uses radiant heating and cooling to keep guests comfortable. Instead of circulating hot or cold air, surfaces within the space are adjusted with infrared energy. To keep things from feeling too slick, the building features salvaged wood furnishings built by area Mennonite and Amish carpenters."

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4/12/2017

World's Best Beach Hotels

The Inn by the Sea has been recognized as one of the World's Best Beach Hotels by Travel + Leisure Readers. "Maine is famous for its rocky coast, but guests at Cape Elizabeth's Inn by the Sea enjoy access to the sandy Crescent Beach...In the summer, days are spent walking the mile-long beach, sunbathing, and swimming in the Gulf Stream-warmed waters."

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4/11/2017

Achieve Hospitality Architecture That Impresses - Part 1

Multigenerational Appeal, Local Connections "A hotel’s design should complement the structures that surround it. It also needs to respect the concerns and issues of those who live nearby. For Hyatt Place Chicago South/University Medical Center, the developers, and Legat Architects met with Hyde Park residents. These community input sessions inspired the hotel façade design and gave locals a sense of ownership. The resulting design features porcelain tiles and zinc shingles that usher in a modern image, but their appearance—the colors and segmentation resemble masonry units—also respects the community’s historic context."

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4/11/2017

The Alfond Inn Receives it's Gold Badge

"Out of 53 luxury hotels in the Orlando-Walt Disney World area, 5 earned a Gold Badge by scoring in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA". The Alfond Inn, ranked 4th among Orlando-Walt Disney World area hotels, receiving it's Gold Badge.

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4/4/2017

Olympia Hotel Management Climbs the Ranks

Having seen growth in its portfolio since last year's Hotel Business Management Company Annual Report, Olympia Hotel Management has climbed 13 spots to #68 of about 150 listed hotel management companies.

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4/5/2017

The Alfond Inn mentioned by New York Travel

"De-emphasize Disney with a stay at the Alfond Inn (from $299) in nearby Winter Park. Don’t be surprised if you see professors conducting classes in the lobby: The 119-room luxury boutique hotel is owned by Rollins College and serves as a showplace for work from its Cornell Fine Arts Museum, with a new exhibition each April. Join the curator-led Sunday tours of the exhibition, then walk down Winter Park’s main street, Park Avenue, to the newly expanded Morse Museum, which boasts the largest collection of works from Louis Comfort Tiffany in the country."

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2/6/2017

Best Hotel in Maine - Inn by the Sea

"U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels by taking into account reputation among professional travel experts, guest reviews, and hotel class ratings. 1,987 scored high enough to be recognized as Best Hotels in the USA". The Inn by the Sea was named the #1 Best Hotel in Maine by U.S. News & World Report.

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1/31/2017

Olympia Hotel Management Wins Four Brand Awards from Hilton Garden Inn

Olympia Hotel management has been recognized with four 2016 Brand Awards from Hilton Garden Inn (HGI), which recognizes the exceptional performance of both hotels and team members from a field of more than 700 HGI hotels worldwide

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11/21/2016

New Feature of the College Tour: First-Class Campus Hotels

"Some of the details were conceived by Smart Hotels and by the Olympia Companies, which Oberlin hired to advise on technical services and to manage the hotel. But they help tell the Oberlin story, which he said was a major reason for building the hotel."

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10/26/2016

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center Awarded LEED Gold Status

The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels LLC are delighted to announce that Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center in Chicago’s iconic Hyde Park neighborhood has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in the New Construction category.

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10/18/2016

Inn by the Sea Selected One of the Best Resorts in the North East

Condé Nast Traveler readers have once again selected Maine’s Inn by the Sea one of the Best Resorts in the Northeast in the 29th Annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Over 300,000 readers cast votes for ‘the best of the best in travel’, and 2016 results will be announced in November issues of the luxury travel magazine.

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10/18/2016

The Alfond Inn at Rollins #1 in Florida

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, in which The Alfond Inn at Rollins is recognized as the best hotel in Florida for the second consecutive year.

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7/12/2016

Andrew Chadwick named Executive Chef

Maine’s premier beach destination, Inn by the Sea, appointed Andrew Chadwick Executive Chef of Sea Glass, the hotel’s ocean-view restaurant, announced the Inn’s General Manager, Michael Briggs.

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7/10/2016

Travel+Leisure picks Inn by the Sea

Travel + Leisure has named Inn by the Sea as #83 for the Top 100 Hotels Worldwide and #9 for Top 10 Resorts in the Northeast.

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7/10/2016

The Alfond Inn makes T+L Best List

The Alfond Inn at Rollins was named one of the top 15 Best City Hotels in the Continental U.S. in Travel + Leisure's 2016 World's Best Awards.

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2/17/2016

Hilton Garden Inn Durham praised by Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) upscale global brand of hotels, recently recognized the Hilton Garden Inn Durham University Medical Center with The Connie Award – Hotel of the Year, You Can Count on Us Community Relations Award and Highest HHonors Loyalty Award for their outstanding achievements during the past year.

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11/10/2015

Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park Opens

Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, the second Hyatt Place hotel to enter the Cleveland metropolitan area, officially opens today in Westlake, Ohio.

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2/3/2015

Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University named Best New Hotel

The Olympia Companies announce that the Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center in North Carolina has been recognized by Hilton Worldwide with two prestigious awards.

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1/14/2015

The Olympia Companies to Develop and Manage Hyatt Place Crocker Park

The Olympia Companies, an innovative privately-owned real estate company specializing in hotel investment, development and management, will develop and manage the new Hyatt Place Crocker Park in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Westlake.

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11/30/2014

EMR Awards Mike Zimmerman

Two weeks ago I had the honor of receiving the award for best Hospitality / Residential Project from ENR Midwest on behalf of the Hyatt Place Chicago South University / Medical Center.

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10/24/2014

The Alfond Inn named #2 by Conde Nast

The Alfond Inn, the boutique hotel in Winter Park, was named one of the Best Hotels in Florida with an impressive debut at #2 on the short list of winning Florida hotels.

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10/24/2014

Inn by the Sea named a Best Resort by Conde Nast

Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, a luxury beach resort managed by The Olympia Companies and the state's only Virtuoso property, was named one of the Best Resorts in the Northeast in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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10/15/2014

2014 Gold Key Finalists Announced

The 2014 Gold Key Award Finalists for Excellence in Hospitality Design have been announced and we are pleased to announce the Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Chicago is included as Best Eco or Socially Conscious Hotel for 2014.

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10/1/2014

Gold Adrian Award for New Hotel Opening

Congratulations to our media partner, Conran PR, and The Alfond Inn for their 2014 Gold Adrian Award in the New Hotel Opening Category.

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