THE LODGE ON LAKE DETROIT IS FIRST IN MIDWEST TO DISPLAY
"BEST WESTERN PREMIER®" DESCRIPTOR
New Name Signifies Brand's Most Refined Amenities and Comfort
DETROIT LAKES, MN (6/1/11)- In conjunction with it's fifth anniversary, The Lodge on Lake Detroit is pleased to announce that it is now the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit, after earning the "BEST WESTERN PREMIER" descriptor from the World's Biggest Hotel FamilySM. By converting from an independent hotel to a Best Western, The Lodge on Lake Detroit represents the ninth BEST WESTERN PREMIER opened in North America and the first in the Midwest by the iconic hotel chain since launching its three-descriptor strategy in 2011. "BEST WESTERN PREMIER" offer guests upscale amenities and a refined experience.
"No two Best Western hotels are alike, so these new descriptors will help our guests choose the right hotel for their needs from among the brand's 2,200 North American properties," said David Kong, Best Western International president and CEO. "Hotels that earn the 'Premier' descriptor typically have a 3-plus Diamond rating from AAA, and have a distinct and memorable style, often influenced by their local region."
With 54 lakefront, smoke-free guestrooms and personalized guest amenities such luxurious glass enclosed showers, private lakefront balconies and walk-out patios, regional artwork in guest rooms & public areas, an indoor pool area, lobby bar, business center, 24 hours fitness center, and a complimentary full hot breakfast, BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit is an ideal place to stay, whether for a relaxing vacation or for an important business meeting. Since all rooms are lakefront and feature a spectacular view over Big Detroit Lake, It's slogan is, "Come for the Sunsets, Stay for the Experience . . .".
Like all BEST WESTERN PREMIER properties, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Lodge on Lake Detroit has features and amenities that exceed AAA's three diamond requirements.
- 42-inch flat screen televisions
- Premium clock radios with a MP3 connection
- Contemporary furnishings and luxury bed lines and towels
- Functional desk with complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access
The hotel is located at 1200 East Shore Drive, on 550 feet of lakeshore on Big Detroit Lake, in Detroit Lakes, MN.
"Our Guest Experience Team has worked hard to provide a hotel experience eligible for the 'Best Western Premier' designation," said Chris Holland-Mehlhaff, owner of BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit. " We've just added a historic "Walk through history" featuring over 30 historical photographs from the immediate area, for guests to enjoy while walking down our hallways, added Scott Mehlhaff, owner. "We offer the great service and value that Best Western is known for, and in addition we provide extras such as a full service day spa, The Spa Within, two meeting rooms, a lobby bar, monthly wine tasting dinners, murder mystery events, live music (typically jazz) in our lakefront, 2-story lakefront, fireside lobby. The hotel was recently awarded the Sustainable Tourism Award by Explore Minnesota Tourism, for it's eco-friendly efforts such as in-room recycling, exterior grounds rain gardens and Restore the Shore plantings that encompasses over 10,000 native plants, use of organic products, and more.
Guests who stay at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit can join and earn rewards from Best Western Rewards, one of the hotel industry's most generous hotel loyalty programs. Members can earn rewards that can be redeemed for free room nights around the globe with no blackout dates, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards, airline miles and more. Membership is free.
"We were extremely proud to be the first Best Western in North America to display the 'Best Western Plus' sign ," and now the first Best Western in Minnesota to display the 'Best Western Premier' sign, said Chris Holland-Mehlhaff, third generation owner and a second generation Best Western Governor. "My family has been Best Western members since 1972. When my grandparents, Emil & Hilda Holland, founded the original 13 unit Holland Motel in 1953, now Best Western Plus Holland House, they recognized the importance of providing a little more than your guests expect, to be successful. Now in our fourth generation in hospitality, my husband, Scott Mehlhaff, and I will continue the tradition of providing excellence in hospitality through the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit. Scott and Chris Mehlhaff also own and operate Best Western Plus Superior Inn & Suites in Grand Marias, MN.
The Lodge has planned a Grand Re-Opening & Premier Party on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 from 5 - 8 pm. The celebration activities will include a red carpet welcome, complimentary champagne (or non -alcoholic bev.) & chocolate fountain treats, guided property tours, opportunities to win door prizes, live music by Matt Velline & Tommy Vee in the lakefront, 2-story lakefront, fireside lobby, complimentary chair massages by The Spa Within, and a Ribbon cutting ceremony around 6:00 by Mayor Matt Brenk, The Chamber of Commerce President, Tourism Director, and other city leaders. Additional drinks and appetizers will be available for purchase at LoLa D's lobby bar during the event. The Premier Party is free and open to the public.
To learn more or to book a room at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER The Lodge on Lake Detroit, visit www.bestwestern.com, www.TheLodgeOnLakeDetroit.com or call: 218-847-8439 or 800-761-8439 (VIEW).
ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
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