The Loews Boston Hotel soon will undergo exciting renovations that will update the entire look and feel of the hotel. Phase one begins Nov. 16 and will reconfigure the lobby. Once completed, the renovated lobby will offer guests a variety of refreshments including French press teas and coffee, while requested cocktails will be sent straight to guests’ rooms. Additionally, the concierge desk will be relocated and a sleek, central table will provide direct connectivity for electronics.
Beginning Dec. 16, phase two will transform the current restaurant into a simple yet vibrant dining destination. The new menu will feature delicious steaks and salads, and the open atmosphere will give diners the impression that they are in the kitchen alongside the chefs. A professional mixologist and bourbon expert will be added to the bar staff to create signature cocktails. The bar itself will have an inviting air, featuring dark wood accents and leather furniture, and will house a tremendous variety of American and Canadian whiskeys.
The third and final renovation phase, focused on the hotel’s guest rooms, will begin Jan. 7, 2014. Every detail of the new guest rooms will be modeled after the construction of a finely tailored suit—from houndstooth lounge chairs to sleekly designed wall coverings, the rooms will evoke a sense of refinement and be completely technologically compatible. Visible USB ports and plenty of outlets will allow guests’ electronic devices to remain powered and connected.
All renovations are scheduled for completion by late March 2014.
Accomplished manager Barbara McMahon brings years of experience and multiple accolades to the Loews Annapolis Hotel in the heart of Maryland’s capital city. McMahon, who stepped into her position Aug. 19, most recently was general manager of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, helping it to earn awards such as Best Hotel in Pittsburgh and Best Hotel in Pennsylvania from U.S. News & World Report. Her personal recognitions are equally impressive, and include titles such as General Manager of the Year from Renaissance Hotels and Innovator of the Year from Sage Hospitality. In Pittsburgh, McMahon was active in her hotel’s community by serving as a board member of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and chairperson of Family House’s operational guidance committee. Her passion and commitment to her position will surely continue in her new Loews community.
Loews Hôtel Vogue in Montreal gains another outstanding team member as Mathieu Larochelle is appointed general manager. Larochelle brings with him impressive credentials, having worked for multiple Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties, Delta Hotels and Resorts, and Le Place d’Armes Hôtel and Suites, also in Montreal. Larochelle’s foremost goal as he assumes his role is to build upon Loews’ already sterling reputation and ensure every client expectation is met without hesitation. He adds, “My experience in the hospitality industry has shown me the importance of listening to clients, and that is exactly what I plan to do in my new role.”
It’ll be a Thanksgiving to remember for Executive Chef Brandon Frohne of Mason’s at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The award-winning chef was invited to prepare this year’s Thanksgiving dinner at the historic James Beard House in New York City. The multicourse dinner will feature dishes true to Frohne’s signature style, a Southern-meets-classic fusion that has made Mason’s exceedingly popular among hotel guests and Nashvillians alike. Though Mason’s recently opened in the summer of 2013, the Southern brasserie already has made quite a name for itself, attracting local and national foodies with its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The immediate popularity of Frohne’s eatery bodes well for attendees of the gourmet Thanksgiving dinner, which will comprise three passed hors d’oeuvres and a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Dishes will include treats such as deviled farm eggs with pork belly marmalade and butternut squash with foie gras marshmallow.
As summer drew to a close, Loews Ventana Canyon unveiled two exciting new wildlife exhibits. Both the 1,500-square-foot butterfly garden and the newly constructed desert tortoise exhibit are the first of their kind in any Arizona hotel and contribute to Loews Ventana Canyon’s reputation as a leader in environmental preservation. Certified as a national butterfly garden by the National Butterfly Association, Loews partnered with the Southeast Arizona Butterfly Association to develop the habitat, which features plants such as Mojave milkweed and Arizona foldwing to attract more than 60 species of butterflies to the hotel’s grounds. In addition to the new resident butterflies, two desert tortoises have found a home at Loews Ventana Canyon as part of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Tortoise Adoption Program. Their 800-square-foot exhibit was built after consulting both the museum and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Brian Johnson, managing director of Loews Ventana Canyon, welcomes the new guests: “These new features offer something that’s unique, educational and fun for visitors to help them connect to Tucson’s wild side,” he says.
Kenny Hunsberger, executive chef at Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, Fla., was given top honors in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay’s Best of the Bay 2013 readers’ and critics’ poll. Hunsberger was named Best Chef by the Creative Loafing staff, who praised Hunsberger’s extensive experience and his transformation of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Maritana Grille, as well as the newly renovated Sea Porch.
Specializing in Gulf-to-table cuisine, Hunsberger incorporates regional flavors and local ingredients in the menus at Loews Don CeSar whenever possible, utilizing the close relationships he’s developed with community farmers and fishermen. As executive chef, Hunsberger manages all food and beverage operations at the oceanfront hotel; since his appointment, Maritana Grille has been named an Exceptional Restaurant of Florida by Gourmet magazine, one of the top 200 restaurants in Florida by Florida Trend and one of the top 10 seafood restaurants in the United States by lifestyle guide Gayot.