Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza reopens

Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza and Convention Center, which was hit by Hurricane Rita, has re-opened after undergoing $10 million in renovations.  Along with its meeting space and convention center, 156 of the Holiday Inn’s 253 inviting guest rooms are open for business. 

The hotel’s restaurant, The Greenery, which serves American and Cajun cuisine, and the atrium bar, Park Place, are also fully operational for guests and locals to enjoy.  Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC is the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites.

The hotel immediately began to rebuild and renovate after Hurricane Rita destroyed 80 percent of the hotel’s sheetrock, the carpet, pool area, ceilings, windows and the air-conditioning units, in September 2005.

“It’s been a challenging seven months, but the community pulled together to ensure Beaumont’s an even more extraordinary place,” said Roy McClaney, general manager of the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza.  “We’re proud to be a part of such a strong community and to be able to provide high-quality service and hospitality to its residents and visitors.”

The entirely renovated facility features contemporary furniture and a warm, golden color scheme.  A grand re-opening is planned for early summer when all guestroom renovations are complete.

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“The Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza has always been a leader in its region, offering first-class accommodations, flexible meeting space and an outstanding staff,” said Mr. John Q. Hammons, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, LLC.  “I am confident the newly renovated property will continue to exceed guests’ expectations and attract new business opportunities.”

The Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza and Convention Center is the largest in the area, boasting 22,000 square feet of meeting space.  The hotel’s staff caters to each group’s specialized needs and provides a full-range of event planning assistance and catering.  The hotel features a variety of amenities for both business and leisure travelers.  Each of the 253 rooms, including seven Presidential Suites and 49 deluxe Plaza Suites, includes a phone with voicemail, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, remote control color television and room service. 

Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza and Convention Center is located just minutes from downtown Beaumont, at I-10 South Walden Road near the junction of the Houston and Port Arthur Freeways.  The Southeast Texas Regional Airport is only 15 minutes away; local industries, museums and shopping centers are all fewer than 10 minutes away. 
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