Hammons opens in East Peoria

Mr. John Q. Hammons has announced the opening of his eight-story, 226-suite
Embassy Suites East Peoria - Hotel & Conference Center.The all-suite,
contemporary hotel is owned by Mr. Hammons, and the hotel and conference
center are managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels &

“This is the first hotel of its kind built in the Peoria area in more than
five decades,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive
officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. “Our booking $3 million in
meetings and hotel room reservations revenue prior to opening reinforces
that East Peoria requires high-quality, full-service accommodation.”


Conveniently located off I-74 and Riverfront Drive, this new hotel in
Peoria is surrounded by the spectacular shopping, dining and nightlife of
the Peoria RiverFront and is just minutes from area attractions, including
O’Brien Field, Central Illinois’ largest outdoor sports and entertainment
facility and home to the Peoria Chiefs. The Embassy Suites hotel property
is approximately eight minutes from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport and
is in close proximity to the many corporations and educational institutions
in the Peoria area, including the headquarters of Caterpillar Inc., Bradley
University, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Illinois
Central College.



“The East Peoria area is well-known for its influential businesses,
thriving sports community and skilled work force, of which we have employed
more than 200,” said Joe LoMonaco, general manager of the hotel.


The Embassy Suites East Peoria and RiverFront Conference Center are
connected by a glass, climate-controlled walkway, together providing more
than 35,000 net square feet of flexible meeting space. The hotel is
decorated in a Nuevo-classic style, featuring dark olive green d�cor with
vibrant gold and orange accents. Guests can enjoy a variety of contemporary
American cuisine at the hotel’s Riverside Caf� or cocktails in the relaxing
atrium lounge, while Caffeina’s, the marketplace caf�, brews Starbucks
coffee and has wireless internet access.


“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Hammons’ Embassy Suites East Peoria - Hotel
& Conference Center to our city,” said Mayor Dave Mingus, “Its luxury
accommodation and high quality service will establish a new standard for
our local hotel industry.”


Hotel staff celebrated the opening with a team rally, culminating their
many months of hard work, and the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce hosted a
ribbon-cutting at the property.