August 2, 2012
8:06 AM, Jul. 26, 2012
Guests relax Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Sundial Beach and Golf Resort on Sanibel.

Guests relax Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Sundial Beach and Golf Resort on Sanibel. / Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com
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The Sundial Beach & Golf Resort on Sanibel has been purchased for $2.3 million by a private equity group with ambitious plans to rejuvenate the 407-unit project.

For the first time in decades, the resort will be managed as an individual property rather than as part of a large company’s portfolio, the Sundial’s new manager said.

An affiliate of Newtown, Pa.-based CoreStates Capital Advisors LLC bought the Sundial from The Blackstone Group on July 16.

Sundial “is a landmark. … We’re excited new blood is coming in,” said Ric Base, president of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

The new owners “are going to put money back into the place, and fix it up. They’re going to open the restaurant and the pool tiki bar back up to the public,” Base said. “All of those things are good for the community.”

CoreStates hired Pittsburgh-based CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management to develop a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of the Sundial, said CAM’s Christopher Mannino.

Right now, Mannino said, “we’re in the early stages of understanding what’s most important for the guests who stay there and the owners” of the condominiums.

There’s no formal plan yet, but some ideas being considered are a full-service spa, a marketplace/general store/cafe in addition to a new fitness center plus new banquet and catering space, Mannino said.

CAM’s focus will be on creating an individual identity for the Sundial, which has long been managed and marketed as part of Blackstone’s inventory of resorts. Before that, it was owned by Meristar, also a major owner of resorts.

“It has a long history of being styled together with other resorts like the Sanibel Inn and South Seas Resort,” Mannino said. “This will be the first time in 20 years, maybe more, that it will be freestanding, an individual business not tied to other businesses. When you see the new website it’ll be strictly the Sundial resort.”

Blackstone bought Sundial and nine other properties in Florida from MeriStar Hospitality Corp. in 2006 for $367 million.

Meristar had owned the resort since 1998, when it purchased the Sundial as part of its acquisition of South Seas Property Co. LP, which owned South Seas Plantation on Captiva as well as Sundial and five other properties on Sanibel plus the Radisson Suite Beach Resort on Marco Island.

South Seas Property had bought the Sundial in 1994 as part of a $9 million acquisition from Marquis Hotels and Resorts Co.

Sundial was built starting in 1972, when it was known simply as “Sundial condominium.”

January 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 23, 2012) – As part of the continued brand expansion of the Luxe Hotels’ portfolio, CEO Efrem Harkham announced today the addition of the historic Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa in Dallas, Texas, making it the newest Luxe branded property. The announcement was made at The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS). The stylish, uptown Dallas property is managed by CAM Hospitality Management.

“This addition underscores an incredible time in our organization’s history, as we continue our expansion of branded properties,” said Harkham, the veteran hotelier behind the Luxe brand. “The Stoneleigh’s combination of a great location, distinct style and historic charm is an exact fit with the authentic guest experiences we value at Luxe Hotels,” added Harkham. The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa will be converted into a Luxe branded hotel and be renamed The Luxe Stoneleigh Dallas Hotel & Spa in the second quarter of 2012.

Originally opened during the roaring 1920’s, the property recently underwent a $36 million renovation which restored its historic grandiosity and added a chic new personality and energetic vibe. Redesigned by internationally recognized interior design firm Forrest Perkins, Luxe Stoneleigh Dallas Hotel & Spa is set in the dynamic and fashionable uptown district, offering expansive accommodations rich in history and teeming with modern amenities. Recently ranked among the top five Dallas and Ft. Worth hotels by U.S. News & World Report, The Luxe Stoneleigh Dallas Hotel & Spa boasts a renewed commitment to personal service and an exceptional experience.

“The Luxe Hotels brand epitomizes service, quality, and individuality, which mirrors our brand identity at The Stoneleigh,” said Chris Mannino, President of CAM Hospitality Management. “We are pleased with the new relationship and believe that Luxe Hotels is able to bring great value to this property.”

The Luxe Stoneleigh Dallas Hotel & Spa includes 170 guest rooms that feature indulgent, provocative style with large windows, luxury bed and bath linens, complimentary wireless and high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs accompanied by bathrooms outfitted in Calcutta marble flooring and Baronessa Cali Oliva bath accessories. The lavish junior suites offer stunning views of downtown Dallas, art deco elegance, soaring ceilings and antique fireplaces. The hotel’s popular penthouse suite features a private 590 square-foot rooftop terrace, music room, dining room and library.

Luxe Hotels is comprised of 12 regional offices worldwide, which serve the entire Luxe brand portfolio, including the nearly 200 members of Luxe Worldwide Hotels. The Luxe brand has steadily increased its footprint over the past nine years nationally and internationally. According to Harkham, current expansion considerations include gateway cities in the US and Europe, such as New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, London and Paris, among others.

For more information on The Luxe Stoneleigh Dallas Hotel & Spa, call (800) 921-8498 and visithttps://www.stoneleighhotel.com/ orhttps://www.luxehotels.com. For additional promotional details, follow at Facebook.com/StoneleighHotel and @StoneleighHotel.

About Luxe Hotels
Luxe Hotels, a leading international boutique hotel brand, is recognized for its distinct individuality and personality. The Luxe brand epitomizes exceptional design, unique style, and a sense of place. Luxe Hotels includes the Luxe Worldwide Hotels representation company, with nearly two hundred members, corporately owned properties, the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, as well as branded properties including the Luxe City Center Hotel. Luxe Hotels is led by visionary veteran hotelier, Efrem Harkham, who is committed to bolstering each independent property’s efforts to increase their visibility, volume and viability. All Luxe branded properties benefit from Luxe Hotels’ exceptional reputation of unrivaled standards of excellence and nearly three decades of hotel operational experience. For more information, visitwww.luxehotels.com.

About CAM Hospitality Management
CAM Hospitality Management brings more than a century of diverse, full and select service hotel management and hospitality asset management experience, managing U.S. hotels across all brands and luxury levels with dedication and distinction delivering outstanding value to all stakeholders. Currently providing third party hotel management and asset management to more than 25 hotels, CAM works in sync with a number of diverse tenured hospitality professionals. The senior management team has an average of more than 25 years each of diverse full and select service hospitality management experience. CAM utilizes, to its competitive advantage, 30 years of third party resources as well as leveraging the hotel brands to deliver outstanding yields and value to all stakeholders.

January 12, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — January 12, 2012 — CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management, an industry leader providing full service hotel management and asset management, proudly announces the addition of five contracts for full service hotels and resorts. The management contracts include the newly rebranded DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree, which is undergoing a $16 million renovation; The soon-to-be Stoneleigh Luxe Hotel & Spa in Dallas, TX, a five-star experience that is an alluring marriage of glamour and historically hip style; and Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, NM, a 450-acre resort providing an award-winning spa among exceptional dining and ranch recreational activities. Asset management agreements that have been awarded to CAM Hospitality include the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center and Sheraton Safari Hotel & Suites, which is undergoing a $25 million reinvention to become Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

“We are fortunate to have long-term relationships with our capital partners which has allowed for considerable growth and expansion in 2011,” says, Christopher Mannino, President & CEO, CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management. “These type of properties compliment our operational experience making for successful relationships and results.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree, the newest and largest Pittsburgh-area Hilton Worldwide property is undergoing an extensive transformation of its 465 rooms to be completed by the end of 2012. The food and beverage offerings will include the new Seasons Restaurant, Champions Club Sports Bar and Bistro Marketplace and more than 40,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, making DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree the freshest option for group business and events as well as individual business and leisure travelers.

The upcoming Stoneleigh Luxe Hotel & Spa, located in the uptown district of Dallas, is a 170-room chic legendary landmark blending its original art deco design with contemporary comforts, amenities and service while boasting a 5,200 sq. ft. full-service luxury spa and fitness center and more than 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The original glamour design has been merged with forward touches of style through a $36 million renovation accompanied by an indulgent artistry of service within its Bolla Restaurant, Bolla Bar and The Spa at Stoneleigh.

Bishop’s Lodge is nestled in the Tesuque Valley of Northern New Mexico and presents an all-purpose resort experience with spa, horseback riding, skeet and trap range as well as mountain biking trails. The resort, with mountain forest surroundings, is located only minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and considered among the best retreats in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Meeting spaces include four conference rooms totaling 8,000 square feet with outdoor spaces are available for receptions and events.

The 375-room Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center is located 18 miles from downtown Boston with 21,000 square feet of banquet space and a 10,000 sq. ft. International Association of Conference Centers-approved conference facility. Undergoing major public space and rooms renovation in 2012, Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center will emerge as the top choice for business and leisure travelers to the Boston area.

Sheraton Safari Hotel & Suites in Orlando reveals a $25 million landmark reinvention centered upon a dramatic new multi-pool courtyard with fresh amenities including a new spa, new fitness center and new ballroom, completely transformed guestroom and family accommodations, restaurants, event facilities, common areas and a new name – Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort. Boasting 20,000 square feet of high-tech meeting and event spaces, the Walt Disney Good Neighbor® Resort sets the scene for spirited, sophisticated experiences for families, couples, groups and events.

About CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management
CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management brings more than a century of diverse, full and select service hotel management and hospitality asset management experience, managing U.S. hotels across all brands and luxury levels with dedication and distinction delivering outstanding value to all stakeholders. Currently providing third party hotel management and asset management to more than 25 hotels, CAM works in sync with a number of diverse tenured hospitality professionals. The senior management team has an average of more than 25 years each of diverse full and select service hospitality management experience. CAM utilizes, to its competitive advantage, 30 years of third party resources as well as leveraging the hotel brands to deliver outstanding yields and value to all stakeholders.

November 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH (November 18, 2011) – DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the conversion and official opening of the 465-roomDoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pa., now the largest Pittsburgh-area hotel currently available to travelers within theHilton Worldwide portfolio.  The property team, designers, builders, owners and investors celebrated the hotel’s new name and new direction during a brand dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony this week; while showcasing the features of an upcoming $16 million renovation, design and renderings with local civic and business leaders and invited guests. Located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and area attractions, renovation is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

“The opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree continues to reinforce a steady pace of outstanding hotel developments and expansion for our brand and its portfolio of more than 270 hotels and resorts across 22 countries. “With a multi-million-dollar hotelwide transformation set to take place with the rebranding and conversion of this hotel as well, DoubleTree by Hilton is delighted to introduce another rewarding hotel location for our loyal business and leisure customers in Western Pennsylvania,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.

RIDA Development Corporation, one of the country’s leading hotel developers, will direct the transformation of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree with renowned interior design company, Looney & Associates. Formerly the Radisson Hotel Pittsburgh-Green Tree, the hotel will be operated under a franchise management agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide. Pittsburgh-based CAM Hospitality Management will oversee day-to-day hotel operations.

“With some of the most comprehensive event space in the city, this hotel has had an iconic presence in the Pittsburgh community for some of the city’s most prominent social gatherings and business conferences,” says Chris Mannino, president of CAM Hospitality Management. “Our owner’s commitment to the city of Pittsburgh continues to be demonstrated through the details they’re investing in the hotel to ensure its long-term success.  Our hotel team at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree is just as committed to bring a refreshing, renewed hotel experience to visitors and residents of Pittsburgh alike.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree guests will benefit from the characteristic qualities found at the brand’s more than 270 DoubleTree by Hilton locations around the world, including the warm welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in; an array of upscale amenities and guest services; the rewards of the Hilton HHonorsâ guest loyalty program; and a unique and caring team member commitment to the local community.

Once the renovation is complete, the guestrooms at the newly renamed Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree will feature essential in-room amenities, including MP3-compatible stereo clock radios; generous work desks with dataports; Wolfgang Puck gourmet coffee service; wireless, high-speed Internet access; and refreshing Crabtree & Evelyn Citron® bath products.

Once renovations are complete, the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree will welcome guests with a warm and welcoming new lobby design evoking the feel of a grand mountain lodge.  The interior design palate for the hotel renovation is inspired by the four seasons — incorporating infusions of color with varying tones of taupe with natural prints and patterns of outdoor elements from the Pittsburgh area.

As part of the renovation, plush seating and inviting social spaces will abound throughout the hotel’s public areas.  A signature dining experience, Seasons The Restaurant, and an upscale sports bar, Champions Club, will create the perfect ambiance for guests staying in the “City of Champions,” while on-the-go food options will be available at Bistro Marketplace with a fresh European styled menu and coffee bar.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree provides some of the most comprehensive event space in the city.  More than 40,000 square feet of meeting space is available for meetings, conferences and social gatherings.  All event space will be upgraded with the latest in audiovisual and communications technology, along with a fully-equipped, self-service business center.

For guests who wish to keep up with their workout program while traveling at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree, a state-of-the-art fitness facility will be equipped with the latest in weight training and cardio equipment is available 24 hours a day along with a indoor/outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool.

“We are very proud to be able to take such a landmark hotel and return it into its original splendor as a leading hotel in the Pittsburgh community. We also are incredibly excited to work with DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Worldwide on this property,” says Ira Mitzner, president, RIDA Development Corporation. “Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree becomes a premiere Pittsburgh hotel for group, business and leisure travelers.”

The DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree is located between Pittsburgh International Airport and downtown Pittsburgh, a central location with easy accessibility to downtown Pittsburgh attractions like sports stadiums, the Andy Warhol Museum and David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The hotel also provides free scheduled transportation to many downtown attractions, shuttles to and from the airport, and complimentary guest parking.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit the hotel’s website at www.pittsburghgreentree.doubletree.com, or call 1-800-222-TREE in the U.S. and Canada, or contact the hotel directly at 412-922-8400.

September 21, 2011

PITTSBURGH – September 21, 2011 – RIDA Development Corporation has announced the planned purchase and accompanying $15 million transformation of the Radisson Hotel located in the Green Tree borough in Pittsburgh, PA.  Extensive improvements are scheduled to begin immediately, with the 465-room DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree becoming the newest and largest Pittsburgh-area hotel currently available within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels and welcoming guests to the brand in November 2011. Renovations are anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2012.

A powerhouse team of experienced hospitality talent has been brought together for the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree conversion and renovation. Renowned interior design company Looney & Associates leads the re-design, with RIDA Development Corporation, one of the country’s leading hotel developers, overseeing the transformation of the property. CAM Hospitality Management has been awarded the management contract.  The hotel will be operated under a franchise management agreement with a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide.

“We are very pleased to conclude this transaction and to be part of the redevelopment of this Pittsburgh property that has been a mainstay for over 25 years,” said Ira Mitzner, President of RIDA Development Corporation.  “We look forward to establishing the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree as a premiere hotel for group, business and leisure travelers visiting the area.  We are also pleased to add this property to our hotel portfolio with ownership interests exceeding 3,000 rooms nationwide and approximately $1 billion in value.

The $30,000+ per-room renovation will encompass 455 beautifully revamped guestrooms and suites, a striking new entryway leading guests into an expansive, completely updated lobby with furnishings and finishes evoking the feel of grand mountain lodge.  An update of all public spaces of the hotel includes modernization of the hotel’s two full-service restaurants, sports bar, marketplace, health club and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space and event facilities encompassing 26 meeting rooms, a grand ballroom and a junior ballroom.

Aside from the fresh new look of all spaces in the hotel, the interior colors will represent the four seasons.  Plush seating and large social areas will spill into the new upscale sports bar and grill, while in the new state-of-the-art health club there will be professional-grade Precor fitness equipment.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree provides complimentary shuttle service to many downtown attractions such as sports stadiums, the Andy Warhol Museum as well as the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  Providing complimentary parking, DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree also shuttles to and from the airport free of charge.

DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree guests will benefit from the characteristic qualities found at the brand’s more than 265 DoubleTree by Hilton locations around the world, including the warm welcome of the brand’s legendary chocolate chip cookie presented to every guest at check-in; an array of upscale amenities and guest services; the rewards of the Hilton HHonorsâ guest loyalty program; and a unique and caring team member commitment to the local community.

“We are delighted to introduce our fifth Pittsburgh area hotel later this fall as the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree.  The new name, look and feel of this outstanding hotel will be exciting for hotel team members, guests and the community alike,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.  “DoubleTree by Hilton looks forward to working together with RIDA Development and CAM Hospitality to create a rewarding hotel experience for the Borough of Green Tree and the greater Pittsburgh community in the months and years to come.”

For more information on the soon-to-be DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree, please contact (412) 920-8097

About RIDA Development Corporation
RIDA Development Corporation has achieved an international reputation for creating innovative, high-quality and successful real estate ventures. Headquartered in Houston, Texas and founded in 1972 by David Mitzner, RIDA operates major divisions in Texas, Florida and Europe. RIDA is among Poland’s largest and most well-known private investment groups, and its Polish portfolio alone is valued at more than $2 billion. In the United States, RIDA has become one of the South’s most active development groups and is currently managing developments worldwide of retail, office, distribution, residential, hotel and mixed-use land developments with a value in excess of $5 billion.  For more information, visit www.ridadev.com.

About CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management
CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management currently manages, asset manages more than 25 U.S. hotels and resorts across all brands and luxury levels. The senior management team of CAM Hospitality Advisors & Management has an average of more than 25 years each of diverse full service hospitality management experience. CAM utilizes its in-depth knowledge of third party resources as well as leveraging the hotel brands to deliver outstanding yields and value to all stakeholders. For more information, visit www.camhospitality.com.

About Looney & Associates
Looney & Associates is an award-winning and highly-acclaimed interior design company with offices in Chicago and Dallas. Their extensive portfolio includes resorts, hotels, commercial and residential properties in locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and others. For more information, visit www.looney-associates.com.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
With a fast-growing global collection of contemporary, upscale hotels in more than 250 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across five continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve.  Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 60,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website atwww.doubletree.com.  Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree,www.twitter.com/doubletree andwww.youtube.com/doubletreehotels.  For the latest news, story starters and fact sheets about our brand, reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at www.doubletreebyhiltonglobalmediacenter.com.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com