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Hotels in Allen, College Station, San Antonio with Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, December 2018… BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is expanding its boot print in the great State of Texas, and meeting planners can celebrate in true Lone Star style at three distinctive properties. Included are Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station, and Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center in Allen near Dallas. Planning professionals who book a new meeting at one of the three hotels will receive a spectacular, complimentary outdoor barbecue with a menu created by celebrity chef Stephan Pyles, the Father of Southwestern Cuisine. Meetings must be booked by January 31st, 2019 for a date between December, 2018 and December 31, 2019.

All three properties are part of the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand and each offers superb outdoor spaces perfect for celebrating under the Texas sky. Texas fare and flair are evident in the unique menu items, such as honey-injected fried chicken, Gulf shrimp, brisket tacos and more. In the fall, winter and spring, Texas temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s – perfect for al fresco dining.

“As a Texas-based company, we are pleased and proud to be expanding in the Lone Star State,” says Benchmark’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Ted Davis. “Benchmark recently added two new hotels to its Texas portfolio – each is distinctive and reflects the diversity of Texas and the best of each destination.”

The Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, which opened on the campus of Texas A&M University in August 2018, features a striking rooftop deck with panoramic views of the campus and the iconic Kyle Field of Aggie football fame.  With 250 guestrooms and 11 suites, the IACC-approved conference center is open to all markets, regardless of affiliation or event theme. The property features 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space that offers a soaring 8,300-square foot ballroom and twenty-two flexible meeting rooms to accommodate presentations, board meetings, private dinners and receptions. Meeting attendees can take advantage of the renowned research university’s exceptional academic, technical, cultural and athletic resources.

Opening in January 2019, Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center is part of Marriott’s new and rapidly expanding Delta brand, and is located in Allen just 30 miles from Dallas - an easy drive from DFW International and Love Field airports. It is also the first hotel in the Delta brand designed specifically for meetings. The hotel’s stunning pool patio and green complex sets the scene for an authentic Southwestern celebration. The hotel’s contemporary and refreshing design encompasses 300 guestrooms and suites and 90,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Historic San Antonio is a heady blend of Old Mexico and the Wild West with a modern, progressive vibe. Hotel Contessa, located on the city’s legendary Riverwalk, hosts its outdoor events on an elegant patio and upstairs terrace overlooking the most scenic stretch of the San Antonio river. The hotel offers 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space that includes 11 meeting rooms, a ballroom and outdoor patios with stunning views of the Riverwalk and the city beyond. With 265 luxury suites, Hotel Contessa accommodates guests in unique rooms that are boldly designed to reflect the energy and history of the Lone Star State. Just four blocks is another Texas icon, The Alamo.

“Only Benchmark can offer a selection of three distinctive sister properties, with all the benefits of the company’s topnotch meeting facilities, professional expertise, plus the culinary inspiration of one of America’s most prominent chefs,” says Hal Powell. “Most important, we provide an authentic Texas experience in three very different destinations. Benchmark is a pioneer in experiential, personalized travel and our Wanderlust program has refined that concept for both our leisure and business guests.”

About Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

With a privileged location directly across from Kyle Field, the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station, Texas is a destination luxury property offering state-of-the-art conference facilities, signature brand amenities, welcoming accommodations, and gracious southern hospitality. Steeped in Texas A&M history, traditions and culture, the property has a powerful sense of place and is the ideal choice for business and leisure travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind authentic Aggieland experience. As the preferred hotel for Texas A&M University, the property offers 250 spacious guest rooms, including two penthouses and 11 suites, with sweeping views of the Texas A&M campus. Also featured on property is a rooftop pool overlooking Kyle Field; dining outlets committed to providing fresh, healthful, scratch-prepared and locally-sourced dishes; a two-story bar and lounge with a terrace; and a full-service conference center with 35,000 square feet of multi-functional meeting and event space. The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is the perfect place for scholarly explorations, meaningful celebrations, productive meetings, college visits and family vacations. and

About Delta Hotels by Marriott

One of North America’s leading four-star brands, Delta Hotels provides guests with exactly what they need for a seamless travel experience.  With more than 38 locations in gateway cities throughout Canada and the United States, guests will discover Delta’s distinct style of simple made perfect.  The brand’s invitingly familiar rooms, free Wi-Fi and convenient dining options, offer travelers a comfortable and stylish place to stay.  Delta Hotels was acquired by Marriott International in April 2015. Delta Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards®, in which members can link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer For more information or reservations visit 

About Hotel Contessa

Nestled in the heart of downtown San Antonio on the banks of the famed Riverwalk, the AAA Four Diamond Hotel Contessa reflects the rich heritage of 20th century Spain, embracing its unique architecture, hospitality and cuisine.  The 12-story hotel features 265 luxurious suites, 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a Woodhouse Day Spa, fitness center and a heated, outdoor rooftop swimming pool.  Its restaurant, Las Ramblas, offers intimate riverfront dining, while the hip Cork Bar offers an array of signature, hand-crafted cocktails.  Hotel Contessa is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and is located at 306 W. Market Street.  For reservations and information visit or call 866-435-0900.  To become a fan on Facebook visit or follow on Instagram at

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations.  Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years.  Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence.  To become a fan on Facebook, visit  Follow us on Twitter at, on Instagram at, and on Pinterest at

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