The richness of Texas A&M University’s legendary “Aggie Experience” will clearly mark meetings and events at the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center (www.TexasAMHotelCC.com), scheduled to open in August.
A world-class destination, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, a luxury hotel and the exceptional resources of a renowned research university, combine with a vibrant and unique university “Aggie” spirit in the new Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. The $134 million project will open in the heart of Texas A&M’s 5200-acre campus this coming August. From its striking glass façade and state-of-the-art meeting spaces to its one-of-a-kind rooms and stunning event facilities, the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is the perfect place for scholarly explorations, productive meetings, meaningful celebrations, college visits and even family vacations.
Under the operation of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, the Texas-based leader in conference center hotel management globally, the new property will be part of the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand. To celebrate the opening, the conference center is offering 25% off all meetings booked by August 31, 2018. Reservations are now available, with rates from $149 per room per night.
According to the conference center’s General Manager Greg Stafford, Benchmark has long been committed to providing authentic meeting and travel experiences that educate and inspire. “The Aggie Experience, with its emphasis on learning, community and commitment fits perfectly into Benchmark’s mission,” Mr. Stafford says. “Benchmark provides more than space and technical bells and whistles. We create services and solutions that foster the exchange of ideas, problem solving, and growth. And we don’t neglect the amenities that allow our guests to savor the experience and rejuvenate the mind.”
Unlike other meeting spaces in College Station, the conference center is modeled after the exacting standards of the IACC (formerly known as the International Association of Conference Centres). With 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including an 8,300 square foot ballroom, the new facility can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. With spacious rooms and modern, ergonomic furnishings in all spaces from ballroom to boardroom, built-in audiovisual technology, and an on-site A/V support team, the new conference center can host any kind of conference or special event. Twenty-two meeting rooms set the scene for board meetings, receptions, private dinners, and seminars.
The 12 exceptional schools of study at Texas A&M University draw scholars, business leaders and technical innovators from across the globe. Supporting the need for continued research and innovation, the conference center will offer a LearnLab – a flexible, tech-enabled meeting space that rethinks “the box” and moves away from the traditional setting of rows of fixed tables, chairs and a lectern. Learning spaces will easily morph from lecture mode to teamwork to group presentation, discussion and back again. Each seat is the best seat, with access to content, other attendees and instructors made available to everyone.
Both the university and the surrounding area provide many opportunities for teambuilding activities both on and offsite. Planners can choose from laser tag, war games, challenge works and other activities that provide a true Texan adventure. Additional on-campus venues are available, including the Agrilife Center or The Veranda. These nearby secondary spaces range from the contemporary to the rustic, reflecting the Aggie love of both traditional and modern.
Spacious and contemporary, the 250 guest rooms include two penthouses and 11 suites. Among the many in-room amenities are luxury bed and bath linens, a personal refrigerator, complimentary gourmet tea and coffee, spacious writing desk, in-room safe, WiFi, AM/FM/Bluetooth clock radio, telephones, and Smart TV.
Texas A&M’s colors of maroon and white, with soft accents of gray, reinforce the college theme, and historic photos throughout the property reflect university triumphs and traditions. Hospitality suites overlook the hotel’s pool terrace with its swimming pool, fitness center, and food and beverage outlets. A 1,400-car parking garage will be connected to the hotel by a covered bridgeway.
Benchmark is noted for its innovative restaurant concepts and banquet services, working in consultation with Chef, Cookbook Author, Philanthropist, Visionary, and Fifth-generation Texan Stephan Pyles. The menus in each restaurant outlet will reflect the Aggie experience with fresh, local and flavorful Texas cuisine. Dining options for conference guests and individual diners will include a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a casual bistro serving drinks and light refreshments, a patio restaurant and the stunning 12th Man Bar, set on two levels, which will be the first on the campus.
The state-of-the-art conference center will be open to all markets, regardless of affiliation or event theme. The property offers visitors and area residents alike the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in an authentic Aggieland experience. Meeting attendees from around the globe can take advantage of the renowned research university’s exceptional academic, technical, cultural and athletic resources.
The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is located in College Station in the heart of Central Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston and three-hour drive from Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Located just eight minutes from campus, Easterwood Airport provides multiple flights from Houston and Dallas and connections to most US cities. The campus is reached via State Highway 6 and several smaller state highways connect the area to larger highways such as Interstate 45.
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About Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center
With a privileged location directly across from Kyle Field, the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station, Texas is a destination luxury property offering state-of-the-art conference facilities, signature brand amenities, welcoming accommodations, and gracious southern hospitality. Steeped in Texas A&M history, traditions and culture, the property has a powerful sense of place and is the ideal choice for business and leisure travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind authentic Aggieland experience. As the preferred hotel for Texas A&M University, the property offers 250 spacious guest rooms, including two penthouses and 11 suites, with sweeping views of the Texas A&M campus. Also featured on property is a rooftop pool overlooking Kyle Field; dining outlets committed to providing fresh, healthful, scratch prepared and locally-sourced dishes; a two-story bar and lounge with a terrace; and a full-service conference center with 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is the perfect place for scholarly explorations, meaningful celebrations, productive meetings, college visits and family vacations. www.texasamhotelcc.com and https://www.facebook.com/TAMUHotelCC/
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