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Wickens Group Signs Sage Hospitality
to Manage Three Hotels in Michigan

Denver, CO (October 16, 2008) -- Sage Hospitality, one of the nation’s most widely recognized hotel development and management companies, announced they have been selected by The Wickens Group to manage three hotels in the Southern Michigan area. The agreement includes the Courtyard by Marriott Brighton, the Courtyard by Marriott Lansing and a boutique hotel called the Hotel Baronette in Novi, Michigan that will be converting to a Renaissance by Marriott. This brings Sage Hospitality’s nationally recognized hotel management and development experience back to Michigan.

“The three properties take advantage of Sage Hospitality’s expertise in reinvigorating hotels and maximizing asset values,” said Stephen Wickens, president and CEO the Wickens Group. “They are experienced in repositioning hotels and transforming good hotels to great hotels. We are focused on leveraging the outstanding location of these properties in the Southern Michigan Area.”

“Clearly the strength of the Marriott brand will be an advantage for all three of these hotels,” said Sage President and CEO Walter Isenberg. “The Hotel Baronette will receive a complete restoration under the guidance of the Sage program and design team and will be reintroduced in 2009 as a luxury Renaissance hotel. The Courtyard by Marriott in Lansing is scheduled for extensive remodeling in 2009 incorporating the Courtyard brand’s exciting re-invention.”

The Hotel Baronette, an independent boutique hotel located in Novi, Michigan, is adjacent to the recently expanded Twelve Oaks Mall. Built in 1991, the hotel feature 155 guest rooms, six luxury suites and exclusive rooms on the International Level, a private-access executive floor. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor heated pool, sauna and whirlpool, and more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Courtyard by Marriott located in Lansing Township and adjacent to the Eastwood Towne Center is convenient to both Lansing and East Lansing with access to the State Capitol and Spartan Stadium at Michigan State University. This 129 room hotel welcomes both business and leisure travelers with a customer-focused design that includes high-speed Internet access, convenient on-site meeting space, a healthy breakfast buffet at a reasonable price and a popular courtyard café and lounge.

The Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Brighton is located in Genoa Township and adjacent to the Genoa Woods Conference Center. The 90-room property went through a complete soft goods renovation in 2007. It features high-speed Internet access, large comfortable rooms with data ports, and a business center. There is a fitness center at the hotel that includes a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi and workout facility.

The Hotel Baronette
27790 Novi Road
Novi, Michigan

About Sage Hospitality 

Founded in 1984, Sage Hospitality has strategically grown into one of the largest privately held hotel management and development companies in the nation and is recognized as a leading innovator in the field. Sage operates 52 hotels in 22 states, ranging from large, urban, full-service hotels including the JW Marriott Cherry Creek in Denver, the Blackstone in Chicago, the Renaissance Pittsburgh and the Renaissance Providence to select-service suburban properties. Sage Hospitality's comprehensive management portfolio includes major international brands for Marriott, Starwood, Hilton and IHG as well as the independent boutique hotels the Oxford and the Curtis in Denver. Sage, known as a values-based company, creates value for hotel owners and investors through outstanding product development and superb asset management.

Sage Hospitality has further differentiated with the creation of the Sage Restaurant Group, which is managing and launching innovative restaurants from Providence, Rhode Island to Portland, Oregon including the acclaimed Mercat a la Planxa in Chicago. The company also developed the innovative CoCo Key water resort brand with 8 destination properties currently opened and 3 additional resorts opening soon. For more information, please visit 

About the Wickens Group

The Wickens Group is a privately held company involved in the development, construction and management of numerous real estate investments since 1967. They have developments that have won numerous awards including a Pillar of the Industry Award from the National Association of Home Builders. The Wickens Group is committed to the long term growth of its real estate investments and the employees who operate them.


Antonette Smith

Also See: Sage Hospitality Resources Finding Success Adding Coco Key Water Parks to Hotels; Have Four Open with Five More Planned / September 2007
Greg Mount and Brian Nordahl Appointed by Sage Hospitality to Direct Hotel Acquisitions; Company Plans to Double Portfolio by 2010 / January 2007

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