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As a leading lifestyle hotel management company Opus Collection by Concord provides world class hotel and dining experiences that often catch the eye of others. While our passion is not being in spotlight we often end up there. Learn more about our recent awards, articles and more:
Hotel Fraye awarded Best Mixed-Use Project
Best of Nashville
We are proud to be voted Best of Nashville’s – Best Mixed-Use Project.
A lot has changed here in Music City over the past three-and-a-half decades. Skyscrapers have risen. Restaurants have opened, closed and opened again. The national media has turned its eye on our humble burg, christening us an “It” city before moving on to the Next Big Thing. Publications have launched, others have folded. Floods. Tornadoes. Pandemics. James Beard Awards. Stanley Cup runs. [Continued in linked publication]
Read on and celebrate the Best of Nashville — all the things that make our city out of this world.
The Best Mark of Craft
The Ben received the 2022 award for “The Best Mark of Craft” from Autograph Collection Hotels worldwide.
The “Mark of Craft” represents the operational execution and “pulling through” of signature moments that create unique experiences and reflect the personality of the hotel.
In short, that means The Ben has done the best job staying true to what an Autograph hotel is supposed to be – Independent, interesting, and unique.
Concord takes home 3 awards at the 2021 MINA & Full Service Owners Conference
Winner Opening of the Year
The Ben, Autograph Collection
This award recognizes the very best hotel openings that bring new brand thinking to life and move Marriott forward. Nominees introduced a new experience to guests and brought Marriott brands to exciting locations. These hotels helped build brand equity by showcasing forward-thinking design and services while executing efficient and thoughtful pre-opening strategies.
Winner J.W. Marriott Jr. Guest Experience Award
Concord Hospitality Enterprises
This award recognizes hotels and organizations that are the best of the best. A world-class guest experience is a fundamental part of a successful hotel and this year’s nominees performed exceptionally. These nominees exemplify our MINA theme of Staying Strong by achieving extraordinary guest satisfaction scores from July 2019 through June 2021. The nominees achieved a consistent example of excellence across a portfolio of hotels or in an individual remarkable hotel.
Winner Serve 360 Award
Concord Hospitality Enterprises
Guided by Marriott’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360 is all about doing good in every direction and utilizing our most valuable asset, our culture. Nominees in this category have showcased their skills in “doing good in every direction”. This award recognizes leaders who serve their community which aligns with Marriott’s initiatives including employee volunteerism, in-kind and cash donations, non-profit organizations supported and community activities and partnerships.
Concord Hospitality's Opus Collection Knits Storytelling into Boutique Hotels
By Danielle Hess
Hotel News Now
Concord Hospitality Enterprises has refined its Opus Collection of boutique hotels, restaurants and experiences over the past two years, and finally the collection is in its thematic sweet spot, according to Kevin McAteer, the company’s senior vice president of marketing and sales.
Concord’s Opus Collection launched in February 2019 with the opening of The Oaklander in Pittsburgh, but the company didn’t land on the right communication and theme to describe the collection of boutique hotels and culinary experiences until March 2021, McAteer said.
The company chose the name Opus Collection because “Opus by definition is a collection of unique artistic work very much like a symphony of movements that come together on a large scale,” he said.
Opus Collection's Buckeye Bourbon Bar named one of America's Best Bourbon Bars
From The Bourbon Review
By Seth Thompson
Our Midwest Region is home to some of our favorite long standing concentration of bars in Chicago, our best-represented city on the list outside Kentucky. From Chicago’s 20+ year old Bourbon institution Delilah’s to our newly introduced Buckeye Bourbon House in Columbus, OH, the Midwest has an incredible range of heavenly bourbon spots!
The Ben's Proper Grit Restaurant Wins Best Restaurant Casual Dining at the prestigious Gold Key Awards
The annual Gold Key Awards celebrate excellence in hospitality design. The discerning selection criteria and high profile judges review a competitive field of over 350 projects. Opus Collection by Concord’s The Ben West Palm and it’s flagship restaurant Proper Grit took home the top prize for Best Restaurant in the causal dining category – The Ben was also a top finalist for Best Upscale Lobby and Best Upscale Guestroom. A true testament to excellent design and well crafted story expertly woven into the whimsical property.
The Oaklander Hotel's Innovative NIL Deal with Pitt QB Kenny Pickett
Opus Collection’s Oaklander Hotel built an innovative partnership with veteran Pitt QB Kenny Pickett. The Oaklander Hotel’s relationship with neighboring University of Pittsburgh is a prime example of how our hotels and restaurants are truly part of their local communities and cultures.
ESPN Article by Dan Murphy
“The parade of calories making its way to the corner table of Spirits & Tales restaurant on the top floor of Pittsburgh’s Oaklander Hotel on a Monday evening in mid-August is staggering.
There are steaks accompanied by small mountains of french fries, burgers stacked high with a bevy of accoutrements, and plates of chicken and fish. A small army of well-dressed wait staff marches through the glass-walled dining room with both arms filled by whipped ricotta on crispy baguettes, oysters drizzled with garlic lemon gremolata, an obligatory salad or two and a round of french onion soups…”