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May 21, 2019

Maxwell's at the Merrill Announces New Menu

Local, Sustainable Modern American Cuisine

MUSCATINE, IA (MAY 21, 2019)— Muscatine native Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks unveils her all-new menu for Maxwell’s at the Merrill on Tuesday, May 28th focusing on simple ingredients and an eloquent dining experience that is tailored to fit the local palate.

Chef Tessa began her culinary journey at age 16 in Muscatine and holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. With fourteen years of experience in the industry including Hy-Vee Muscatine and Geneva Golf & Country Club, she has developed a unique but approachable style that is sexy and wholesome.

Complimenting Chef Tessa, is Sous Chef Ryan Caussé, also a Muscatine native with seven years of experience in the industry and coming from a Country Club background. He is down-to-earth, approachable, and brings a fun edge to the sophisticated menu.

Ryan is a cyclist and avid outdoorsman and combined with Tessa’s love for adventure and nature, the two bring a passion for finding a place in the menu for locally sourced ingredients and farmer’s market produce. Chef Tessa’s aim is to bring no-nonsense cuisine to Muscatine. The new menu at Maxwell’s at the Merrill will push towards Modern American fare that maintains a price point that patrons have come to know and appreciate.

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center opened in March of 2018 and was named after life-long resident and business leader, Stanley Merrill Howe. Howe helped build HON Industries, a locally-based, global leader in the manufacturing of office furniture and hearth products.

Maxwell’s restaurant within The Merrill Hotel was name after Maxwell Stanley, the Boy Scout leader of Stanley Howe. Maxwell taught Stanley Howe discipline and responsibility through his mentoring while solidifying Howe’s fortitude and perseverance.

From Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks, the new Maxwell's at the Merrill menu is poised to please. With an emphasis on fresh, local and sustainable fare, the new menu will showcase the finest in Muscatine dining in the heart of downtown. Sweeping Mississippi river views compliment breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour.

Maxwell’s is located in The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Muscatine, IA. They are open for Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Bar Menu 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. They also offer Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To learn more about Maxwell’s, please visit https://www.themerrill.com/maxwells-menus.htm.

About The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center

The beautiful and well-appointed Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is situated adjacent to the city’s River Walk Park, in the heart of downtown Muscatine, Iowa. The only hotel in the state to offer both a AAA 4 Diamond rating and IACC accreditation, it offers travelers an expansive and sophisticated amenities collection and top-notch service in a distinctive and upscale environment. The hotel is just 25 minutes from the Quad City area, and 30 minutes from Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois. For information on the hotel, call (563) 263-2600 or visit themerrill.com. The hotel is operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group and owned by Riverview Hotel Development LLC.

May 3, 2019

Flood Won't Stop Muscatine Prom

MEREDITH ROEMERMAN meredith.ecklund@muscatinejournal.com

MUSCATINE — Muscatine High School juniors and seniors need not worry about flooding downtown ruining their Saturday night, Prom is still on. Record flooding this week has left Mississippi Drive inundated with water, including in front of the Prom venue Merrill Hotel and Conference Center.

Merrill General Manager Patrick Leonard said the parking situation downtown is "a delicate balance of trying to be a good neighbor" but the hotel has a plan to accommodate the approximately 400 students expected to arrive.

Students will be able to park in the hotel parking ramp and parking lot on the corner of East 3rd and Sycamore streets, he said. Valet parking will also be available, Leonard said, because hotel staff is more than willing to help out their guests. READ MORE

 

April 26, 2019

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Rallies in Support of Travel and Tourism Industry

MUSCATINE, IA (APRIL 26, 2019)—Today The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center announced a contest to help increase awareness of the impact travel and tourism have on the community of Muscatine, IA.

Travel matters, and it improves Muscatine, IA in ways that have a wide-reaching impact on local residents and visitors alike. Travel has the power to strengthen families, foster hometown pride, and build bridges that connect us with one another. This is vitally important now more than ever.

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is taking submissions Monday, April 29th through Sunday, May 5th in the form of 100-word stories about why travel matters to you. These stories will be posted to facebook for online voting during National Travel and Tourism Week Monday, May 6th through Saturday, May 11th. The entry with the most votes at the end of the contest will win an overnight stay at The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, recently voted #1 hotel in Iowa by US News & World Report.

The event is part of the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 5th-11th, 2019, which unites communities across the country to celebrate how travel matters to American jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Matters,” highlights the innumerable ways in which travel makes up the fabric of Iowa’s culture and economy. Each day of NTTW will celebrate a different facet of travel: the economy, new experiences, jobs, infrastructure, health benefits, hometown pride and how travel strengthens families.

“Just look at the numbers. Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including 71,480 jobs right here in Iowa,” said Patrick Leonard, General Manager, The Merrill Hotel. “This week, we are celebrating travel’s powerful impact on our community. We’re calling on everyone—from elected officials to all of our local friends and neighbors—to join us in saluting this important industry, and to support pro-travel legislation at the local, state, and national level.”

From The National Pearl Button Museum to HNI, Inc, travel employs a diverse workforce in Muscatine, IA:

  • 71,480 jobs are supported by travel and tourism in Iowa.
  • Travel and tourism generates $1.1 Billion in tax revenue for Iowa.
  • These local figures are an important part of travel’s economic importance nationwide.
  • Travel is a $2.5 trillion industry in the U.S.
  • These visitors support 15.7 million American jobs—roughly 8.9 million direct travel jobs, and 6.8 million indirect jobs.
  • Travel-related spending generated $171 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue in 2018.

To learn more about The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center’s Travel Matters Contest, see official contest rules, and find out more about National Travel and Tourism Week 2019, please visit https://www.themerrill.com/travel-and-tourism-week.htm.

About The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center

The beautiful and well-appointed Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is situated adjacent to the city’s River Walk Park, in the heart of downtown Muscatine, Iowa. The only hotel in the state to offer both a AAA 4 Diamond rating and IACC accreditation, it offers travelers an expansive and sophisticated amenities collection and top-notch service in a distinctive and upscale environment. The hotel is just 25 minutes from the Quad City area, and 30 minutes from Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois. For information on the hotel, call (563) 263-2600 or visit themerrill.com. The hotel is operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group and owned by Riverview Hotel Development LLC.

April 4, 2019

Congratulations to the Merrill Hotel & Conference Center for Being Named "#1 Best Hotel in Iowa" by U.S. News & World Report

MidwestMeetings.com

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, set on the banks of the picturesque Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, has been named the “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” in the prestigious “2019 Best Hotels” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the heart of historic downtown Muscatine in the scenic riverfront area, the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel was recognized for its luxurious accommodations, outstanding customer service, beautiful views overlooking the gently rolling Mississippi River, and ideal location walking distance of the riverside town’s array of shops, restaurants and attractions. Opened in March 2018, the distinctive luxury boutique hotel is Iowa’s only hotel to hold the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond rating and IACC(International Association of Conference Centers) accreditation. READ MORE

April 3, 2019

Looking for the best hotel in Iowa? Muscatine's got it!

Quad-City Times | MEREDITH ROEMERMAN

MUSCATINE — Rebecca Howe, president of Riverview Hotel Development LLC, which owns the Merrill, was also very pleased. 

"Having opened just one year ago, this esteemed recognition spotlights the hotel’s exceptional setting, sophisticated amenities, and the outstanding customer service our hospitality professionals deliver to our guests each day," Howe said in a news release. "This attention to detail truly sets our hotel and conference center apart."

The boutique hotel, located at 119 W. Mississippi Drive, was named after Stanley Merrill Howe, HON Industries chairman and CEO. READ MORE

April 3, 2019

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Named “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” by U.S. News & World Report

Funtravels.com

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, set on the banks of the picturesque Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, has been named the “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” in the prestigious “2019 Best Hotels” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the heart of historic downtown Muscatine in the scenic riverfront area, the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel was recognized for its luxurious accommodations, outstanding customer service, beautiful views overlooking the gently rolling Mississippi River, and ideal location walking distance of the riverside town’s array of shops, restaurants and attractions. Opened in March 2018, the distinctive luxury boutique hotel is Iowa’s only hotel to hold the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond rating and IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) accreditation. READ MORE

April 2, 2019

Looking for the best hotel in Iowa? Muscatine's got it!

Muscatine Journal | MEREDITH ROEMERMAN

The outlet released its 2019 Best Hotels list earlier this year, with the Merrill among the ranks.

"It's a great amenity," said Jodi Hansen, director of the Muscatine Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a beautiful hotel overlooking our amazing riverfront." READ MORE

 

April 2, 2019

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT NAMES THE MERRILL HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER "#1 BEST HOTEL IN IOWA"

Adjacent from the city's River Walk Park, the 122-room hotel boasts numerous suites, 12,723 square feet of meeting space spread throughout 16 meeting rooms, a 4,719-square-foot Grand Ballroom, and a large outdoor balcony overlooking the Mississippi River. The Merrill also offers an indoor, heated saltwater pool, a fitness center, full-service restaurant and a 24-hour business center. READ MORE

April 1, 2019

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Named “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” by U.S. News & World Report

MUSCATINE, IA (April 2019) – The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, set on the banks of the picturesque Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, has been named the “#1 Best Hotel in Iowa” in the prestigious “2019 Best Hotels” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the heart of historic downtown Muscatine in the scenic riverfront area, the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel was recognized for its luxurious accommodations, outstanding customer service, beautiful views overlooking the gently rolling Mississippi River, and ideal location walking distance of the riverside town’s array of shops, restaurants and attractions. Opened in March 2018, the distinctive luxury boutique hotel is Iowa’s only hotel to hold the acclaimed AAA Four Diamond rating and IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) accreditation.  

U.S. News & World Report’s ninth annual “Best Hotels” rankings evaluated more than 30,000 luxury properties across 400-plus destinations in the United States, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. The methodology accounts for both expert and guest sentiment, the combination of which helps determine each hotel’s rank. The rankings may be viewed at travel.usnews.com/hotels.

“Having opened just one year ago, this esteemed recognition spotlights the hotel’s exceptional setting, sophisticated amenities, and the outstanding customer service our hospitality professionals deliver to our guests each day,” said Rebecca Howe, president of Riverview Hotel Development LLC, the hotel’s ownership group. “This attention-to-detail truly sets our hotel and conference center apart.”  

Situated adjacent to the city’s River Walk Park, The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center features 122 uniquely-styled and well-appointed guest rooms which include a Presidential Suite, Chairman’s Suite, Junior Suites, and have the flexibility of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom configurations. The hotel’s state-of-the-art conference center is located on the hotel’s top floor and features 16 meeting rooms with a total of 12,723 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 4,719-square-foot Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor balcony all overlooking the Mississippi River. Additional offerings at The Merrill include an indoor, heated saltwater pool; lounge with adjacent outdoor patio; a large fully-equipped fitness center; the full-service restaurant Maxwell’s; sundries shop; 24-hour business center; and concierge services. 

The hotel is just 25 minutes from the Quad City area, and 30 minutes from Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois. For information on the hotel, call (563) 263-2600 and visit themerrill.com. The hotel is operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group and owned by Riverview Hotel Development LLC.

February 20,2019

Remembering Alexander G. Clark, Muscatine's historic civil rights figure

Muscatine Journal | MEREDITH ROEMERMAN

MUSCATINE — At 2 p.m. Sunday, a ballroom on the west side of the sixth floor of the Merrill Hotel and Conference Center will be officially dedicated to Clark, sponsored by the hotel and the Alexander G. Clark Foundation. Views from the room include his 1878 home and the Clark House apartments built on the home's original site.

"We dedicated all of our meeting spaces to important companies and people who we believe had a significant impact on Muscatine," said Rebecca Kerwin Howe, president of Riverview Hotel Development, the hospitality company responsible for the Merrill. READ MORE

February 20, 2019

ODYSSEUS ORR SHINES IN COMPETITION

Voice of Muscatine | Contributed Article, Education, Muscatine Community School District

Muscatine - The MHS Jazz Ensemble was awarded second place in 4A competition at the Coe College Jazz Summit on Friday, February 22nd in Cedar Rapids, IA. This is a tremendous feat amidst strong competition. Iowa City West took first place. Johnston Jazz Syndicate earned third place. Muscatine Bass player Brissa Echevarria impressed the judges and received an honorable mention for her outstanding performance with the ensemble.The ensemble will compete at Iowa City West High School in the Southeast Iowa Bandmaster Association’s (SEIBA) Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 2nd. 


They will also perform at the 15th Annual All-City Swing Dance at The Merrill Hotel in downtown Muscatine from 6:00-10:00 pm on Saturday, March 9th. For more information about the MHS Jazz Ensemble, please contact Plummer at Lee.Plummer@mcsdonline.org.For more information about the All-City Swing Dance on March 9th, please contact MHS Director of Bands, Jeff Heid at Jeff.Heid@mcsdonline.org. READ MORE

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center achieves AAA Four Diamond Rating

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center | Tim Marleau

Muscatine, IA - The Merill Hotel & Conference Center is busy building a stellar reputation and its recent AAA Four Diamond rating achievement further supports that this hotel is a premier lodging destination in the state of Iowa.

AAA has put forth a strict set of guidelines for hotels in the areas of services, facility, and amenities. Hotels must meet AAA’s requirements in these areas during an unannounced, on-site inspection in order to receive the AAA inspected and approved designation. Since 1998, only five other hotels in the state have met the necessary requirements to receive this prestigious nomination; and now, The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is the sixth, beating out all properties visited by AAA in the capital city of Des Moines.

The Four Diamond rating represents a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered at the property. More specifically, Four Diamond is a reflection of refined, stylish décor with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities, and a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. This designation, along with being an IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) certified venue, makes The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center the only Iowa based hotel to offer this combination.

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center operates under an incredibly high level of standards and this designation by AAA is quite an accomplishment for the property which has only been open since March.   

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center joins the prestigious IACC!

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center | Lori Denney

Muscatine, IA - The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), the only global professional association representing small to medium-sized venues focused on meetings, training courses, and conferences, accepted The Merrill into its program after a stringent application process. After demonstrating its ability to meet the rigorous global quality standards set forth by IACC, The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center was accepted into full IACC membership. The Merrill will be the only IACC sanctioned conference center in the state of Iowa!

Lori Denney, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Merrill, made the announcement, “It is indeed an honor for The Merrill to be included in IACC’s prestigious membership,” she said, “There is no more effective organization than IACC to help us achieve our business strategy, a core element of which is to grow market share in the small meetings sector. No doubt, it will attract meetings business to the Muscatine area. We are proud to be part of IACC’s global family of leading venues and look forward to the substantial benefits it delivers.”

To achieve IACC certification, venue members must demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards in design, facilities, services, technology, and sustainability. IACC members understand the importance of each of these elements in a successful meeting – and those who use IACC venues expect excellence. This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking and resultsdriven meeting venues in the world.

Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO comments “The Merrill has demonstrated unequivocally that it is totally committed to delivering the IACC Meetings Experience and I am confident it will be a valuable member of the association. By conforming to our global quality standards, The Merrill has become a venue that meeting planners can confidently trust to look after their meeting.”

IACC serves its members by being the global thought-leader in the meetings industry. Currently, there are 385 members in 22 countries within the Americas, Europe and Australia. 

Merrill Hotel & Conference Center Opens Its Doors to First Guests

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center | Lori Denney

March 12, 2018 – Muscatine, Iowa – The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, an IACC accredited meeting venue in the downtown riverfront area of Muscatine, opens its doors to its very first guests today. This four-star, luxury boutique hotel boasts 122 guest rooms, an on-site, full-service restaurant and lounge called Maxwell’s, and a host of top-notch amenities including a saltwater pool, fitness room, 16 flexible meeting rooms with over 12,000 square feet of meeting space and a picturesque top floor ballroom with outdoor terrace overlooking the Mississippi River.

The only IACC accredited meeting venue in the state of Iowa, the Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is poised to offer area businesses and those looking for a special occasion venue the very best in meeting facilities including catering, technology, flexible meeting spaces, and a dedicated conference center planner to ensure that every detail is tended to for a flawless event. As the newest luxury experience in the region, guests will feel the extravagance from the moment they enter the opulent lobby to indulging in the uniquely-styled guest rooms, gathering places and sophisticated amenities.

The distinctive hotel is named after Stanley Merrill Howe, a life-long resident and business leader of Muscatine. Jim Howe, Stan’s son, commented, “The Merrill is just one example of the successes the citizens of this city achieve every single day in this great city. Its purpose is to create a sustainable economic foundation within the downtown that will allow for further growth and development in small businesses within the community. We are honored and excited to bring this project to fruition to Muscatine.”

Located at 119 West Mississippi Drive near the newly renovated Riverside Park, The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is just steps away from the Mississippi River. Perfectly situated near an abundance of cultural, historical, educational, and recreational activities, The Merrill Hotel is proud to be a part of the Muscatine community and is looking forward to becoming a destination hotel for those visiting the area on business or pleasure and in serving the local residents.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Grand Opening of The Merrill Hotel and Conference Center 

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center | Lori Denney

Muscatine, IA - The newly opened Merrill Hotel and Conference Center will mark its official Grand Opening on April 12, 2018 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an invitation-only reception in the Grand Ballroom.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg will be among the 130 invitees attending the Ribbon Cutting ceremony in front of the hotel. After the ceremony, guests will be welcomed to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the beautifully appointed Grand Ballroom, situated on the 6th floor Stan Howe Conference Center.

Named in honor of Stanley Merrill Howe, a Muscatine native who served as president, chairman and chief executive officer of Hon Industries, Inc. and who is a major benefactor of the city of Muscatine, the $42 million project is located at 119 West Mississippi Drive, next to the former Hotel Muscatine and in the heart of the historic downtown Muscatine riverfront area.

“The Merrill is just one example of the successes the citizens of Muscatine achieve every single day in this great city” commented Jim Howe, son of Stan Howe. “Its purpose is to create a sustainable economic foundation within the downtown area that will allow for further growth and development in small businesses within the community. We are honored and excited to bring this project to fruition to Muscatine.”

The hotel opening is a culmination of 2 years construction and development. This project translates into 100 jobs and an estimated $81 million impression on Iowa’s economy through use of Iowa companies such as Merit Construction Company (Cedar Rapids, IA) amongst others and featuring Muscatine artists and businesses throughout the hotel.

Designed for business and leisure travelers alike, the Merrill Hotel and Conference Center offers 122 uniquely styled guest rooms, with areas for both productivity and relaxation. Guests will enjoy favorite amenities during their stay, such as the 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center and 24-hour heated Salt Water Lap Pool, along with an on-site full-service restaurant and lounge called Maxwell’s. The outdoor green space (currently under construction) will feature an outdoor fire table and water fall, brick pathway and bench seating, as well as several locally commissions sculptures.

The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is a proud member of the International Association of Conference Centers and the only IACC certified meeting venue in the state of Iowa. With over 12,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 16 flexible meeting rooms, the hotel is poised to offer area businesses and those looking for special occasion venues the very best in meeting facilities.

Located at 119 West Mississippi Drive near the newly renovated Riverside Park, The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is just steps away from the Mississippi River. Perfectly situated near an abundance of cultural, historical, educational, and recreational activities, The Merrill Hotel is proud to be a part of the Muscatine community and is looking forward to becoming a destination hotel for those visiting the area on business or pleasure and in serving the local residents.

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