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Union Club Hotel celebrating new, international designation

February 21, 2022

Purdue's Union Club Hotel recently announced that it has officially transitioned into an Autograph Collection Hotel.

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As part of Autograph Collection Hotels, The Union Club Hotel is now among more than 200 hand-selected hotels around the world that were chosen for their craft and perspectives on design and hospitality, according to an announcement from Purdue.

Read the full article at Journal & Courier.

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Embracing Purdue University’s Legacy and Its Next Giant Leap, The Union Club Hotel Joins Autograph Collection

February 17, 2022

Showcasing its meticulous transformation, The Union Club Hotel at Purdue University, Autograph Collection inspires guests to celebrate Purdue University’s legacy through contemporary design celebrating the evolution, pioneering spirit, and excellence of the 153-year-old public institution.

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As part of Autograph Collection Hotels, The Union Club Hotel joins a collection of more than 200 independent hotels around the world hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality. Around every corner, guests can explore the imaginative use of Purdue’s classic gold-and-black colors with deliberate nods to academia and visible pride for remarkable alumni.

Read the full article on Global Newswire

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Trendiana: Boutique Hotels

January 24, 2022

Indiana’s boutique hotel business… bouncing back in a big way from the pandemic.

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Yelp Director of Community Campaigns Brittany Smith with which ones you may want to put on your bucket list in this month’s Trendiana.

Full video available at Inside Indiana Business

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BLLA Awards: Union Club Hotel

December 1, 2021

The BLLA Team sits down with Union Club Hotel, Winner of the Best Boutique Hotel of 2021 Over 100 Rooms Award!

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Hear what General Manager, Vicki Wicks, has to say.  

Read the full article at BLLA

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2021 Boutique Hotel & Industry Award Winners announced by BLLA at Annual Leadership Conference

October 26, 2021

The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) presented the 12th annual awards on October 26th during the organization’s annual leadership conference held virtually.

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The Awards, known as the StayBoutique Awards by BLLA, recognize leaders, innovators, and icons in every corner of the boutique, lifestyle, and luxury worlds. 

Read the full article at BLLA

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Thank You to Purdue University for an Incredible Honor

October 1, 2021

I received an incredible honor today when Purdue University renamed its hospitality school the White Lodging – J.W. Marriott Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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How about that? I remember back in 1956, when I first started working at the family business after mustering out of the Navy. I was 25 years old and I told my dad, J.W. Marriott, Sr., that I wanted to run our new motor hotel, the Twin Bridges Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Read the full blog post on Bill Marriott's blog

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PURDUE RENAMES ITS SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT

October 1, 2021

Purdue's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has a new name. On Friday, the university announced it is now the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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It's in honor of Bruce and Beth White and the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation.

Read the full article and watch the video at wlfi.com

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White Lodging, Purdue enhance relationship, honor Bill Marriott Jr.

October 1, 2021

Hospitality development and management company White Lodging is enhancing the development of the next generation of hospitality leaders as part of the White family’s significant continued support of Purdue University.

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In addition, Purdue trustees voted to rename the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in honor of the White family’s long-standing financial and in-kind support. 

Read the full article at Hotel Business.

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Renaming of Purdue school a nod to White family's relationship to university

October 3, 2021

The Purdue Board of Trustees announced the renaming of Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as the White Lodging-J.W. Marriott Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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In Friday's announcement, the Union Club Hotel will also be designated an "Autographed" property.

Read the full article at Journal & Courier

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$35M in renovations on display as Purdue's Union Club Hotel welcomes NCAA Tournament

March 19, 2021

Imagine being in the hospitality sector and not given much chance to show off your hospitality. That's how staff at Purdue University's Union Club Hotel felt for nearly a year, when the COVID-19 pandemic affected the influx of guests arriving at the university's on-campus facility.

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A buzz of excitement returns to the 1920s architectural showcase this week, as Purdue serves as host to the first rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – and the Union Club Hotel unveils $35 million in renovations to an increased stream of guests.

Read the full article at Journal & Courier

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Experience the Design Elements of the Union Club Hotel

February 19, 2021

Stained-glass windows, regal arches, and swaths of patinaed wood lend the Purdue Memorial Union, the heart of student life at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, a stunning “Gothic Revival feel,” says Gina Deary, co-owner of Simeone Deary Design Group (SDDG).

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Read the full article at DNA Hotels

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New Midwest Boutique Hotels

October 26, 2020

Union Club Hotel Recently reopened after a $35 million renovation, the Purdue University hotel refreshed all 182 guest rooms as well as public spaces.

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Originally built in 1929 as an addition to Purdue Memorial Union, the hotel expanded several times over the years and was last renovated in the 1980s. The newest renovations highlight academic-inspired designs and colors in art, upholstery and carpet. 

Read the full article at Midwest Living

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Redesigned boutique hotel now open in West Lafayette

October 17, 2020

The Union Club Hotel re-opened in August after a $35 million renovation. It is owned by Purdue University and first opened in 1929 as an addition to the Purdue Memorial Union.

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Additions were made to the property in 1939 and 1955 and the last set of renovations had been done in the 1980s. The new look of this boutique hotel is sleek and modern with nods to the past throughout the property.

Read the full article at the Times of Northwest Indiana

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8ELEVEN MODERN BISTRO SERVES UP ONE OF THE BEST MEALS IN THE STATE

October 10, 2020

Along with the re-opening of the hotel comes the introduction of new dining options and as part of our visit, we enjoyed a meal at 8Eleven Bistro, a full-service, upscale French/American-inspired eatery named for two NASA missions (Gemini 8 and Apollo 11) commanded by Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong.

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The menu includes a number of classics and some updated versions of favorites, all in super high-quality form. Among the starters are crab croquettes, burrata, duck rillette and roasted bone marrow. We tried the oysters and gulf shrimp cocktail, which were both superb.

Read the full article at Chicago Foodie Sisters

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Purdue’s landmark Union Club Hotel reopens after $35M renovation, now with bar, dining, new management

August 5, 2020

As first guests started checking in Wednesday to the Union Club Hotel in more than a year, the time it took for a $35 million renovation that put the Purdue landmark under new management, Purdue President Mitch Daniels took note of the timing, given an ongoing pandemic.

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“At a time of such huge difficulty for the hotel and hospitality industry, when hotels are vacant or even closing all over the world,” Daniels said, “we are opening a world-class facility here. There’s something, to me, that’s uplifting about that. There’s a little something ‘Boilermaker’ in that.”

Read the full article at Journal & Courier

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Purdue's Union Club Hotel nears end of $35M renovations, prepares for August reopening

June 12, 2020

The Union Club Hotel, a 91-year old hotel attached to the Purdue Memorial Union, is completing $35 million in renovations, preparing to reopen in August. The hotel closed in 2019 to modernize rooms and create additional dining spaces.

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The Union Club Hotel will reopen Aug. 5 and is already accepting reservations either online or over the phone, Vicki Wicks, hotel general manager said. The hotel is now under management by White Lodging Services, founded by Bruce White, a Purdue alum and former university trustee from 2011 to 2015 who donated the money for renovations.

Read the full article at JC Online.

 

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Sneak peek: Reimagined Union Club Hotel pays 'homage to Purdue'

June 15, 2020

The Union Club Hotel will be “a new era … (of) an elevated hospitality experience” when it reopens in August, General Manager Vicki Wicks said walking through its halls Monday morning. The hotel, which was originally built in phases from 1929-53, has not seen “significant upgrades” since it was last renovated in 2000, according to Purdue. This project is being overseen by the private hotel management company White Lodging.

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All changes, cosmetic and functional, were made with the University in mind, Wicks says. The rooms — all 182 of them — are filled to the brim with “homages to the University.”

Read the full article at The Exponent.

 

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Purdue University preparing to re-open Union Club Hotel

June 14, 2020

Purdue University's Union Club Hotel is getting ready to re-open on August 5th. The historic hotel closed last May for a face-lift and now the hotel is taking job applications and workers are excited to open its doors.

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It's been a long time coming for the Union Club Hotel on Purdue University's campus.

"This place will continue to last forever just like it has the last 91 years," said Vicki Wicks. 

Read the full article at CBS Lafayette.

 

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Union Club Hotel at Purdue Names Chef

June 23, 2020

Purdue University has hired Chef AJ Buchanio to oversee all of the culinary offerings at the Union Club Hotel. He most recently served as research and development chef at White Lodging.

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Prior to that, Buchanio served as the chef de cuisine at Magee Homestead.

Read the full article at Inside Indiana Business.

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