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McKibbon Hotel Management Set to Open
 the Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
Cara Hardiman the Opening GM

(TALLAHASSEE, FL – 07/27/09) Construction remains on-schedule at the Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, a Vision of W Hotels, as the new hotel moves forward to its August 27 opening.  Finishing touches are now being completed, and the hotel operations team is preparing to move in and begin training new hotel talent. 
Located on the site of the historic Floridan Hotel at 200 N. Monroe Street, this is not your grandma’s Floridan!  Taking an architectural nod from the renowned Tallahassee landmark with its brick façade and arched windows, guests will find an exciting sensory experience once they step inside the doors of this completely new hotel brand by Starwood Hotels.
Open ceilings, bright colors and unique textures invite guests into the open lobby area, which is known in Aloft lingo as re:mix.  The area is equipped with lighting that changes from day to evening, and a sophisticated video and sound system that sets the mood for fun and relaxation.  The highlight of the re:mix area is w xyzsm, a full service bar that features a variety of specialty drinks, beer and wine, along with hot and cold “bite” appetizers.  Guests can find just the right place to mix and mingle, with a pool table, DJ mix station, modern furniture and free Wi-Fi throughout.
Guest rooms are light and bright, with an abundance of windows and a frosted glass panel separating the shower and sleeping area.  Bold colors and textures offer a modern refuge for guests to feel at home.  Rooms are technology ready, with a docking station for audio and video devices and 40” flat panel televisions with high-definition cable channels.
The Aloft Tallahassee Downtown features 2,250 square feet of meeting space with a full catering menu and audio-visual capabilities.  Meeting rooms are bright and airy, enjoying the view of the hustle and bustle of Florida’s capital city though the large arched windows that are an icon of the old Floridan Hotel.
Aloft talent is currently being screened and interviewed for all areas of the hotel by General Manager Cara Hardiman and McKibbon Hotel Management.  Thirty-five applicants will be selected to become a part of the hotel’s opening team, and will begin training and orientation on August 11.
The Aloft Tallahassee Downtown will welcome its first guests on Thursday, August 27.  An evening grand opening celebration is scheduled for 09/09/09, and will introduce Tallahassee to the new travel vibe that is Aloft Hotels.
For reservations, meetings and sales, please contact Director of Sales Emily Johnson-Truitt at (850) 513-0313, or visit

About McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, is a privately owned enterprise that has grown into a premier franchisee for Marriott, Hilton and Starwood hotels.  McKibbon is proud to be a recognized leader for over 83 years in the hospitality industry, and currently operates over 60 mid and upscale brands in 8 states throughout the Southeast.  The company has a rich history and culture that promotes a family oriented environment, while holding true to its core values of honesty, integrity and loyalty.  For more information, visit


McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
  Paula MacDonald
Public Relations Director
(813) 472-7390

Also See: Wyndham Hotel Group Names Marc Greenberg General Manager of the Year for its Hawthorn Suites Brand; Awa Njie Named Count on Me! Service Representative of the Year / July 2009

McKibbon Hotel Management Selects Cara Hardin & Emily Johnson-Truitt as Management Team for New Aloft Tallahassee Downtown Hotel / June 2009

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Develops New Interior Prototypes for the Hawthorn Suites and Wingate Brands;
Hawthorn Suites Logo Updated
/ May 2009

Vann Herring Promoted to to Chief Executive Officer and President of of McKibbon Hotel Management / March 2009

McKibbon Hotel Group Opens Third Hotel at Avion Park Westshore, the 144 suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore / December 2008


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