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Published March 02, 2018
THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Benchmark, a global hospitality company, has added another Texas property to its portfolio: the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center.
Now under construction on the historic Texas A&M University campus in College Station, the new eight-story facility will offer 250 guest accommodations and suites, a formal restaurant, a two-story bar and lounge, a gym and a business center. The hotel overlooks Kyle Field, site of numerous events and sports competitions, including the games of the fabled Texas Aggies football team.
“Whoop! That’s Aggie for how excited I am to welcome this incredible project into Benchmark’s portfolio,” said Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark. “As a Texas A&M graduate, Class of 1998, it is a privilege to work with a world-class university that means so much to me, and to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience on the campus and within the Bryan/College Station community and the region.”
The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center will be in a striking glass tower with a total of 252,500 square feet; the 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space will include a spacious 8,300-square-foot ballroom for up to 1,000 guests. Twenty-two flexible meeting rooms will accommodate presentations, board meetings, private dinners and receptions. The 1,400-car garage will be connected to the hotel by a covered bridgeway.
The property’s accommodations will include 250 guest rooms with two penthouses and 11 suites. The rooms will be decorated in Texas A&M’s colors of maroon and white with soft accents of gray. Historic photos of the events at Kyle Field will provide drama and a sense of place. The hospitality suites will overlook the hotel’s Pool Terrace with its swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant and bar for relaxation and informal events.
Dining options will include a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; a casual bistro that serves drinks and light refreshments; a patio restaurant; a bar on two levels that opens onto a terrace on each level; and a pool bar that serves light fare. Benchmark plans to provide innovative banquet services that include sustainable, local sourcing of ingredients, fresh, healthful food.
The conference space is designed to meet the exacting standards of IACC, formerly known as the International Association of Conference Centers, providing a productive learning environment with ergonomic furniture, top audiovisual equipment and state-of-the-art built-in technology throughout the center.