McConnell Clients Make Top Hotel Restaurant List

We are proud to announce that two of our clients’ restaurants, Adour at the St. Regis New York and CityZen at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., have made The Daily Meal’s first annual “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World.”

According to The Daily Meal, the list “pays homage to the world’s most exemplary hotel feasts. This is our comprehensive look at hotel restaurants that have consistently set the benchmark by which other hotel restaurants are measured.”

The list was carefully curated by consulting the Michelin Guide and other trusted sources, who have traveled and dined extensively around the world.

And because there are an abundance of hotel restaurants around the world, The Daily Meal had to set some guidelines for consideration. The hotel had to have at least 15 rooms, and the restaurant had to be in the hotel (all hotel-adjacent restaurants were automatically excluded). Other than those set guidelines, “We did not discriminate on location; no island, nation or province was off the table,” said The Daily Meal.

The final list spans six continents, more than 40 countries and nations and more than 80 cities! Some of the restaurants include: Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, La Marocain at La Mamounia in Marrakech and Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands! Check out the full list today!

And we would like to congratulate the St. Regis New York and Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., one more time for a job well done!


Land Was So Five Minutes Ago—Stay on a Ferry Hotel!

What once carried a countless number of immigrants to Ellis Island in the 1900s is now a refurbished five-bedroom boutique hotel on the Hudson River.

At 105 years old, the ferry is docked near Hoboken, New Jersey’s Sinatra Drive on the Hudson River. The ship’s new owners, Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, have decorated their new floating hotel in a bohemian fashion—with plenty of colorful art, 16 bunks, an on-deck chicken coop, a dining room and even an Apple computer. And let’s not forget to mention that the hotel comes adorned with beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline.

Prior to becoming the boutique hotel it is today, says “…this ship patrolled Boston Harbor during WWI, brought immigrants to Ellis Island and brought passengers to Governors and Liberty Islands.”

Does the idea of a ferry hotel float your boat?

Ikea Hotels to Open in Europe

Ikea is a company known for its affordable put-it-together-yourself furniture. Now, the Swedish home furnishing company is getting into the hotel business!

Ikea announced this week that they plan to open 100 hotels across Europe for the cost-conscious traveler—the first hotel is expected to open in Germany. According to the Daily Mail, the hotel chain will offer “a boutique feel at affordable prices.” The hotels will not have the Ikea or Inter Ikea (the company that owns Ikea) name, but instead collaborate with an established hotelier.

This isn’t Ikea’s first venture in the hospitality market. In 2007, Ikea Norway offered their customers overnight accommodations to those who wanted to extend their shopping hours. Also, this year, Ikea set up a temporary lounge in the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (Paris) where travelers could rest in between flights.

And we all know your main concern with Ikea’s new hotel project. Luckily, the Huffington Post had the answer: “No word on whether the Swedish meatballs will be available in the hotel restaurant.”

Hotels, Weddings and…..High Heels?

What woman doesn’t love shoes, especially Christian Louboutin’s and the red signature bottoms?

The Mandarin Oriental in Washington DC is introducing a new wedding package to encourage guests to getImage married at the hotel. A qualifying wedding taking place at our nation’s capital’s Mandarin Oriental warrants the bride to $1,000 towards the purchase of a pair of Christian Louboutin’s. The marketing promotion began this month and will continue until December 2013.

The bride-to-be will have a shoe fitting at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They will receive the true Louboutin experience including a monogrammed shoe bag, a signature gift bag and hors d’oeuvres during the fitting.

Christian Louboutin is currently a member of Mandarin Oriental’s “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan” campaign. Celebrities who are “fans” of the hotel group join the campaign, and select a charity to which the Mandarin donates $10,000 supporting their cause.

The women at McConnell Marketing have no arguments against The Mandarin Oriental’s new and unique form of hotel marketing.

Meet Our Summer Intern: Katherine White

My name’s Katherine White and I recently began my summer internship at McConnell Marketing.  This upcoming school year I’ll be a senior at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. I’m obtaining a Marketing degree with a double minor in Art and Web Design.  I decided to become a Marketing major because I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do after college graduation, and the business world provides a variety of options. I have also been told, “stick to what you’re good at,” and I feel I’m a very competitive, creative person with great work ethic- attributes that are essential to be successful in the business world. These characteristics are clearly evident in the staff at McConnell Marketing.

One specific thing that stands out about McConnell Marketing is their realization of social responsibility. They’re more than a profit-driven company; their most recent philanthropic commitment with the Clean the World Organization shows their dedication to better the world we live in. This alone sets them apart from other marketing firms.

My internship has given me a better perspective of what to expect after graduation by allowing me to gain experience and knowledge in the hospitality and marketing field. More than that, McConnell Marketing has showed me the importance of establishing personable relationships with clients and standing for something that has a greater impact on the world.