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Spruce Point Inn

Legacy Lives On at Maine’s Iconic Spruce Point Inn

he Woodlands (Houston), Texas, March 1, 2019 … A landmark and a legend for more than a century, the historic Spruce Point Inn resort in Boothbay Harbor has reigned for years as the choice of discerning travelers and is independently ranked as one of the “best resorts in New England.” New ownership and management aim to extend that legacy.

The owners of Spruce Point Inn have concluded the sale of the property to Stonehouse Capital; and after careful consideration, Stonehouse Capital has engaged BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, to operate Spruce Point Inn as part of their Gemstone Collection.

“Stonehouse Capital is honored to be the new owner and steward of Spruce Point Inn,” said CEO Jeff Broaden. “This special resort embodies the history and beauty of Maine’s iconic MidCoast region and is a cherished destination for so many guests. Our plan is to protect and celebrate the Inn’s history and charm, while continuing to make thoughtful improvements that enhance our guests’ experience.”

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U.S. News & World Report Names 22 BENCHMARK® Properties To “Best Hotels List” for 2019

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, February 2019 …  BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is proud to announce that 22 of its luxury hotels and resorts have been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report “Best Hotels” list for 2019. The exclusive hotels spanned leading destinations in 15 states and the Caribbean and are part of the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection brands.

The honors included three Silver Badge winners that placed in the Top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels within a destination. They include Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, which placed 13th in the Orlando-Walt Disney World market. Benchmark’s newest hotel, La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, placed 7th in San Antonio. In the Caribbean, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort placed 2nd on Curacao.

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BENCHMARK Makes Strategic Investment in UK’s etc.venues

BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, and its capital partner, Gencom, have made a strategic investment in the UK-based etc.venues, a pioneering non-residential day meetings company with 15 properties in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The move and positioning significantly increases Benchmark’s global footprint and creates exceptional opportunities for international expansion for both companies.   

The partnership means that Benchmark will now operate across three continents, with a total of 80 properties in North America, the Caribbean, Japan and the United Kingdom. Recognized in the UK and on the international stage as an award-winning and particularly innovative training and events firm, etc.venues will complement Benchmark’s four hospitality services brands:  Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Gemstone Collection, Benchmark Conference Centers and the Benchmark Owner Advisory Group.      

 

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