“We believe the Caribbean market is on the rebound and that Marshall can effectively leverage its resort operating expertise to create greater returns for owners,” said Mike Marshall, president and CEO. “We began developing strong relationships with hoteliers in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas five years ago. We look forward to further strengthening our ties in the Caribbean.”
About the Properties
• Windward Passage Hotel—Located at Veterans Drive, in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, overlooking Charlotte Amalie Harbor, the hotel is centrally located, one block from some of the island’s top restaurants, discos, duty-free shops and across the street from inter-island ferries and seaplanes. The hotel features free van service to and from Magens Bay Beach, named by National Geographic as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World”; outdoor freshwater swimming pool and deck; scuba diving shop; the Windward Restaurant, serving West Indian and Continental cuisines; Club Lounge and Courtyard Bar; and on-site entertainment options at the Harbor Gaming Center. Guest rooms offer private balconies; complimentary high speed wireless internet access; and plush new bedding. “The hotel is doing well and is a popular meeting place for top government and local business officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Marshall noted. “Guest room renovations are progressing steadily, with nearly half already completed. We also have been asked to re-concept and redesign the restaurant space, which will be part of a larger plan we will implement to take this property to the next level.”
• Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar—Located at 170 Candelero Drive in Humacao, Puerto Rico, in a 2,700-acre planned community with golf, tennis, beach, equestrian and marina amenities, the property is near Palmas del Mar Beach and Palmas del Mar Golf Course. Hotel amenities include business service solutions; fitness center; outdoor heated pool, whirlpool and children’s pool; and Casino Real, an on-site casino decorated in distinct Puerto Rican style. Guests also receive exclusive special rates at all community amenities, including the two golf courses offering 36 holes of golf; 16 tennis courts, as well as beach, horseback riding and marina. The over-sized guest room and suite amenities include free high speed wireless Internet access, large work desks, and signature bath products.
“Completing a major brand conversion is much more than simply putting up a new sign,” Marshall added. “It requires extensive knowledge of all the tools and support systems the Wyndham brand offers and how to engage them to achieve the fastest and most trouble-free transition. We have successfully repositioned and transitioned more than 40 hotels and resorts in our 30-plus-year history.”
About Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Salisbury, Md.-based Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is celebrating 30 years as a hotel operating company. It has special expertise in operating three- and four-star branded hotels and resorts, averaging 100 to 500 rooms, in urban and central business districts, as well as suburban/drive-to and resort locations. In addition, the company has a proven track record managing independent resort and unique urban properties. The company has managed a wide array of leading hotel brands, including Hilton, Starwood, InterContinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Choice and Wyndham. Additional information about Marshall Management may be found at the company's Web site: www.marshallhotels.com.