Rising on the legendary campus, the new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center (www.TexasAMHotelCC.com) is nearing completion and now booking reservations for individual guests, group meetings, special events and weddings.
Scheduled to open in August 2018, the 250-room property will serve as a gateway to the university’s exceptional academic, research, cultural and athletic resources providing unparalleled access to all markets regardless of university affiliation or event theme.
Under the management of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, the new property will be part of the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand.
“We are in the home stretch,” said General Manager Greg Stafford. “We look forward to embracing the Aggie ‘Howdy!’ spirit by sharing the richness of the university’s storied history, treasured traditions, and exceptional academic prowess with a diverse and global audience. The hotel and conference center is the first on campus and is intended to be the university’s ‘guest house’, welcoming home all guests and visitors.”
Greg Stafford points to the many benefits the Texas A&M project will provide for both the university and the region, where business and technology are experiencing strong growth.
“The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is an integral enhancement to on-campus facilities and brings more than just additional rooms to the market. The property’s 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space makes the Bryan-College Station market even more attractive from a conference and association meetings perspective. This additional space, when utilized in conjunction with existing university event facilities, will enable the university to host international conferences and recruit internationally recognized faculty and top-tier staff, advancing the university’s reputation of providing the student body with a world-class education.”
National and international events that Bryan-College Station market could not accommodate before due to space constraints now become a viable option, bringing additional business to the community and well-deserved attention to the university. This will work hand-in-hand to create a positive effect for both the university as well as other hotels in the community when overflow meeting lodging is needed.”
The striking, eight-story hotel and conference center is positioned a mere 96-yards from Kyle Field, home of the Texas A&M football team, and steps from the Memorial Student Center.
The contemporary and spacious accommodations will include 250 guest rooms with two penthouses and 11 suites. The rooms will be decorated in Texas A&M’s colors of maroon and white with soft accents of gray. Historic photos of events at Kyle Field will recall the Aggie experience and rich traditions. The hospitality suites will overlook the hotel’s pool terrace with its swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant and bar, perfect for relaxation and informal events. The 1,400-car parking garage will be connected to the hotel by a covered bridgeway.
Benchmark is committed to providing innovative food and beverage services that include sustainable, local sourcing of ingredients, fresh, healthful food and dishes that meet the increasingly diverse demands of today’s hotel guests and conference attendees. The menus in each Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center outlet, as well as banquet menus, will reflect the Aggie experience with a flavorful Texas twist. Dining options will include a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a casual bistro serving drinks and light refreshments, bar and a patio restaurant. The stunning 12th Man Bar, set on two levels, will be the first on the campus.
The conference space is designed to meet the exacting standards of IACC, formerly known as the International Association of Conference Centers, providing a productive learning environment with ergonomic furniture, top audiovisual equipment and state-of-the-art built-in technology throughout the center.
The conference center spans 252,500 square feet, with 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space that includes a soaring 8,300-square foot ballroom accommodating up to 1,000 guests, and beautifully appointed outdoor spaces. Twenty-two flexible meeting rooms will accommodate presentations, board meetings, private dinners and receptions. Weddings will play an important part in the new facility as former students return “home” to tie the knot or propose under the Century Tree.
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. Every seat is the best seat, with access to content, other attendees and instructors made available to everyone.
Guests of the hotel will have much to see and do on and off the 5,200-acre campus. More than 1,200 public events are hosted through the university each year, including notable guest speaker series, sporting events, art exhibits and cultural performances.
The hotel and conference center is participating in Benchmark Resort & Hotels® Summer Cyber Week sale offering 50% savings to guests that book between May 29 - June 4, 2018 for stays valid August 27 - December 31, 2018.