Accolades from Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler Join a host of Brand Awards

Five properties managed by Olympia Hotel Management have been singled out for an array of industry awards and recognition in recent months, including SOPHY® Hyde Park, The Alfond Inn at Rollins, Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center, Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park and Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portsmouth.

“These awards are a tribute to the incredible management teams we have at each of these properties,” said Sara Masterson, SVP Hotel Management for The Olympia Companies. “It acknowledges great people who are always striving to be their best and do exceptional work in hospitality.”


SOPHY® Hyde Park, the new 98-room boutique hotel located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, was named one of “The Best New Hotels in the World” by the editors of Travel + Leisure. The magazine says that “Open only since last fall, The Sophy has quickly become the social hub of Hyde Park.” The groundbreaking boutique hotel is now on T+L’s 2019 “It List.”

Developed by The Olympia Companies and SMART Hotels, and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, SOPHY® features Mesler Kitchen, a fitness center and a private dining room. The hotel is located near the site of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center, the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science & Industry and is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection.


The Alfond Inn at Rollins was singled out once again as a top hotel in the Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. The hotel was also named Central Florida’s Best Wedding Venue by the Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets awards for the second year in a row as well as the Best Local Hotel for Meetings and the Best Local Place for Weddings by the Orlando Business Journal.

The 112-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of historic Winter Park, close to Orlando. Owned by Rollins College and managed by Olympia Hotel Management, The Alfond Inn is distinguished by its philanthropic mission, directing all of its net operating income to scholarships. It is also the only hotel in the United States that serves as a formal extension of an art museum, exhibiting a rotating collection of 350-plus artworks from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, which is part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.


The Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center continues to be recognized by Hilton for its outstanding service. The hotel has just won its third Pride Merit Award from Hilton. The award is given to the top 5% of properties within the brand that have excelled in all brand requirements. The award demonstrates the highest commitment to brand standards, guest satisfaction, and loyalty.

Both General Manager Abigail Flynn and Director of Sales Traci Kessler were also singled out for their performance with a Merit Award each. They have each previously received Merit Awards as well as General Manager and Director of Sales of the Year awards, respectively. This year’s awards bring the hotel’s total to 18, including a two-time win of the prestigious Connie Hotel of the Year in North America Award, named after Hilton founder Conrad Hilton, for being the best hotel in brand.

The Hilton Garden Inn Durham-University Medical Center features 128 guest rooms and 1,850 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center, in-room Keurig coffee maker, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and dining at the Garden Grille and Bar.


Ivy Arndt, Director of Sales for Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, was recognized as the Director of Sales of the Year for Hyatt Place properties. The hotel, which opened in 2015, is owned by Stark Enterprises, was co-developed by The Olympia Companies and is managed by Olympia Hotel Management.

Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park features 110 guestrooms and suites and 850 square feet of meeting space. The hotel offers complimentary WiFi, a Gallery Kitchen Breakfast for guests, a 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market, Coffee to Cocktails Bar, a 24-hour business center, an indoor pool, and fitness center. Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park is 13 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and less than 20 miles from downtown Cleveland.


The newly renovated Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portsmouth was just recognized with a “Best of Award” from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The “Best of” awards are presented annually to an elite group of hotels that are evaluated on specific criteria including hotel quality, guest feedback, and Wyndham Rewards compliance. These hotels and their teams bring the spirit of hospitality to life and fuel the success of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts many brands.

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Portsmouth is managed by Olympia Hotel Management and offers 61 guest rooms with work space, mini-refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV with HBO, as well as a coffee and tea maker. The hotel offers free breakfast each morning, a business center, a fitness center and free high-speed WiFi. Ample free parking is available onsite.