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Press & News


Welcome to Gemstone Collection Media Center. Here you will find information on our properties & interesting articles. Should you need anything more, please let us know.

Southern Road Trip: Birmingham to Knoxville

From the Magic City to the Marble City, join us on our first Southern Road Trip winding through the Smoky Mountain foothills in search of the best eats along the way.

Where to Stay: The Tennessean: This downtown development plans to open in April, but make your reservations now—it will be the embodiment of Southern luxury, and its proximity to all the spots you want to visit will make it a necessity. Beautiful design based on the winding Tennessee River, sweeping Knoxville views, and impeccable service are just a few things to look forward to. 


Merger of Benchmark Hotels and Resorts and Gemstone Collection

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts Join Together

New Company Operates 58 Independent Properties in US and Internationally 

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 11, 2016  Benchmark Hospitality International® and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, a Gencom affiliate, both recognized global leaders in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers, announce that Benchmark and Gemstone have joined together to create a portfolio of 58 unique and distinctive properties with 10,000 staff members across the globe.

  "This merger was a natural fit," explains Benchmark Hospitality International CEO Alex Cabañas.  "Not only do we share a similar focus on unique and independent properties, but our organizational cultures and values align extremely well."  Mr. Cabañas continues with, “We felt it was critical to share this exciting news with our clients and employees before the press release went public.” Cabañas concludes with, “Though this has not been common in other industry mergers, for us it was the right thing to do to ensure the change and transition was thoroughly embraced by our ownership clients and team members.” 


Personal Luxury Resort adds Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara



Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels Adds the Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara 

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 1, 2016 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, today added Santa Barbara’s award-winning Spanish Garden Inn to its  Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® brand collection.  The intimate boutique property is set in the historic Presidio Section of downtown Santa Barbara, close to the area’s best shopping, dining, beaches and attractions. 


Mosaic Journal featuring Marenas Beach Resort, Sunny Isles FL

Marenas Beach Resort

Escape the Hustle and Bustle to the Sun and Surf

Just north of Miami, delightfully situated on its own barrier island, lies a quintessential tranquil, relaxing, and family friendly holiday escape. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida is the kind of place where sun, sand, and sea collide forming an off-the-grid getaway where our fast-paced lives have a chance to slow down, and we can savor each moment...