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Windsor Capital Group, Inc. and Windsor Management Services
Open the 130 room Homewood Suites La Quinta, California

LA QUINTA, Calif. - August 17, 2007 - In the desert, a gem sparkles and its name is Homewood Suites La Quinta. Yesterday, Windsor Management Services and the property’s owners officially opened the doors to this 130-room property. It is a first for both the brand and the larger Windsor Hospitality Group portfolio. 

WHG owns and develops brand name hotels throughout the United States. WMS is Windsor Hospitality Group’s division dedicated to third-party management contracts. Several of the properties in Windsor’s portfolio are in the Hilton Family of Brands, but this is their and the area’s first Homewood Suites by Hilton and Windsor’s first property in the Coachella Valley. 

WMS has overseen this property’s development from its genesis and has made the area’s unique visitor composite one of its top priorities. “We will do small groups, but about 50-percent of our business is extended-stay, meaning five nights or more,” says General Manager Brad Poncher. The other 50-percent of our business will be normal transient hotel traffic. WMS has already secured agreements with a few major accounts and wants them to see all that the hotel has to offer, Poncher explains. 

“At this property, we have one board room set with a beautiful table for executive meetings up to 12 people. We also have a 1,400 square-foot meeting room that we can divide into two rooms … Any connections people would want for audio-visual equipment, we can provide or arrange to bring in for the occasion.” 

While the Homewood Suites La Quinta is prepared to handle its corporate and other group business’ technological needs, the property is not hard on the eyes. 

“The property looks like a little, three-story Riviera resort on the corner of Miles Washington, almost directly across from the famed Indian Wells Tennis Gardens,” Poncher says. “Our landscaping is beautiful … It is very floral, however the designers created it with our unique desert environmental concerns in mind. Jose Estrada is our very talented landscape artist with Herman & Associates out of Riverside, Calif. WMS contracted with him to design our outdoor lighting scheme as well.” 

The exterior design scheme flows smoothly inside the property, where the colors are based on a soft yellow and the rooms are filled with distinct pieces. Poncher illustrates, “All of our furniture in the suites, from our beds and nightstands and hand-painted mirrors in the bathrooms are custom-made pieces. They were designed by a Southern Californian artisan whose work has the homey, special touches people find delightful when they stay for longer periods.” 

Those guests are welcome to help themselves to the Homewood Suites La Quinta complimentary breakfast seven days each week. Eggs, fresh fruit, waffles, sausage, a cereal variety, pastries, juice and coffee are theirs to enjoy. Monday through Thursday, guests are welcome a complimentary supper buffet that includes a salad bar, one or two entrées and a fresh dessert. 

If you are not too distracted by being hungry, Poncher insists the pool is the property’s main attraction. “The pool is probably the most incredible spot in the hotel. Ours is a large, resort-sized pool with a lush rock waterfall feature, which unusual for the area.” 

The Homewood Suites La Quinta is near the area polo fields, is surrounded by prestigious golf courses and very near all of the top-flight restaurants in town. As Poncher says, “La Quinta is called ‘the gem of the Desert.’ With this hotel’s beauty, its décor and all of the best local attractions next door, we are the gem of La Quinta.” Poncher, Windsor Management Services and Windsor Hospitality Group as a whole, are proud to welcome their newest guests. 

About Windsor Hospitality Group - Windsor Hospitality Group is the hotel division of Windsor Capital Group, Inc., the California-based commercial real estate acquisition, development and management firm. The WHG portfolio includes 31 brand name hotels in commercial and cultural hubs throughout the country, including Greater Atlanta, Seattle and Detroit. It is the largest private franchisee of the Embassy Suites brand, which just won its third JD Powers and Associates “Highest Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains” distinction. Through third-party management contracts and acquisitions, the Windsor portfolio will continue expanding in the coming months. 


Also See: Windsor Management Services Names Brad Poncher and Amanda Frank as General Manager and Director of Sales for the Homewood Suites in La Quinta, California / June 2006


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