Gaia Hotel & Spa’s Woodside Grill Jazzes Up Dinner with Music

The Gaia Hotel & Spa’s onsite restaurant, the Woodside Grill, was recently featured in the Record Searchlight’s entertainment section. The article highlighted some of the exciting changes at the restaurant recently – including the addition of live jazz on weekend evenings as well as a slew of menu updates by Executive Chef Steven Rivas. Accompanied… Read more »

Hostmark Artist Simona Botello Honored as IHLA Housekeeping Employee of the Year

We’re so proud of the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza‘s Simona Botello!  Last week, this outstanding Hostmark Artist was named Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association‘s 2016 Housekeeping Employee of the Year. She was honored at the IHLA State Stars of the Industry Luncheon last week, along with other regional award winners from across the state. It’s no surprise… Read more »

Ed Skapinok Named One of HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds of 2016


Hostmark’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Ed Skapinok, has been named one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing and Revenue Optimization by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). This award recognizes those who have excelled in these areas and set the standards for our industry over the last 18… Read more »

Congratulations to the SMART Promise Circle achievers for 2016 Q2!

We’re proud to announce the HHG SMART Promise Circle performance results for the second quarter of 2016! The SMART Promise Circle honors all of our sales team members who have exceeded their sales goals.  These associates have truly demonstrated that by putting forth a solid effort and exceeding their individual and property goals, superior results can be delivered.  Congratulations on an outstanding… Read more »

John Unnasch nominated for Best Wedding Planner of La Crosse County 2016

One of the best parts of working in the hospitality industry is helping people make memories – whether it be a family vacation, an important career milestone, or a celebration.  The talented Event Specialist at the Days Inn La Crosse & Conference Center, John Unnasch, has been nominated for the Best of La Crosse County… Read more »

Get ready for the new FSLA salary-exempt threshold

Now that the news of the U.S. government’s overtime ruling has settled, let’s examine what specific steps hoteliers should take to make sure they’re in compliance with the new regulations. By now I’m sure you have all heard the news. On 17 May, the U.S. Department of Labor officially announced that effective 1 December, the… Read more »

How to Use Stay Interviews as a Retention Strategy

Looking to mitigate the costs of high staff turnover? Start by scheduling stay interviews with employees to improve retention. Turnover has always been a challenge for the hospitality industry, particularly for housekeeping and food-and-beverage departments. When the economy is doing better, unemployment is low, more jobs become available, and if you are not prepared, you… Read more »

Welcome to our new website!

As part of the launch of a brand-new, updated, we’d like to highlight some neat features around the website. Our Hostmark blog, where we’ll be sharing the latest tips, trends and news from around our portfolio and the hospitality world in general All-new interactive portfolio map, showcasing both current and historic properties. Make sure… Read more »