For over 40 years, Urgo Hotels has led the way in designing, planning, repositioning and developing hotels throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean and is widely regarded as experts in all phases of the hospitality industry. Some of our success stories are highlighted below.Repositioning, Renovation, Management & Disposition Urgo Hotels was successful in repositioning and selling Americana Hotels Realty Corporation's portfolio of eight full service hotels including four full service Hiltons, in a short period of time, exceeding the expectations of Americana. Urgo Hotels assumed control and management of Blakeley Maddox Investments' eight-hotel portfolio including seven Sheratons, taking over the existing management entity overnight. After assuming management, Urgo was successful in repositioning, renovating, and disposing of the hotels in under two years, achieving exceptional results for the ownership in a brief period of time. The Park Terrace Hotel – Washington D.C.
In 1985 Mr. Urgo realized that most of Washington D.C.'s hotel rooms were located in obsolete buildings that were increasingly feeling competitive pressure from newer properties. The 220 room Best Western at Scott Circle was a two part, five- and eight-story structure that looked as if it housed a factory and warehouse. What seemed to be an impossible repositioning task turned out to be an opportunity for a dramatic transformation to an outstanding four-star hotel. The ground floor garage was converted to an elegant function room, the storage space to a fine dining award-winning restaurant, the small lobby to a spacious two-story lobby bar and lounge. The roof top pool on the five-story hotel wing was removed and 27 suites were added on three additional floors to match the eight-story structure. The entire façade of the building was refaced using the addition of French balconies and decorative eye brows as exterior features. All guest rooms were completely renovated with new all-marble bathrooms. A circular drive and front Parisian style garden terrace provided the final touch to what became known as a miracle on Rhode Island Avenue. Renovation, Repositioning, Management & Conversion Conversion of Property to Residence Inn by Marriott (White Plains, NY)
In 1995 Urgo Hotels bought La Reserve Hotel and Condominiums in (White Plains, NY) Through a $3 million renovation project, Urgo Hotels transformed the condominium hotel in dire need of renovations and repositioned it as a Residence Inn by Marriott. Urgo Hotels subsequently took over management of the property and quickly became one of the most successful Residence Inns in the Marriott system. The property was sold in February 2007 with a very large return for Urgo Hotels and investors. Conversion of Property to Residence Inn by Marriott (Plainview, NY)
Originally built as a luxury senior citizens retirement home, this property had previously been converted to the Green Briar Hotel and Conference Center. Urgo Hotels renovated the hotel according to Marriott's PIP, increased the keys from 147 to 170, restructured the debt for the ownership, and repositioned the hotel as a Residence Inn by Marriott. In the very first year under Urgo Management the hotel achieved the highest RevPAR in the entire Residence Inn system. For the next 20 years the Plainview Residence Inn continued to outperform the entire Long Island market surpassing even the most important full service competitors. Conversion Two Properties to Residence Inn by Marriott (Bethesda, MD and Montreal)
Urgo Hotels converted the Guest Quarters Apartments in Bethesda, MD to a Residence Inn by Marriott, and also converted Richelieu Towers Apartments in downtown Montreal to a Residence Inn by Marriott. Both projects have been extraordinarily successful. Development, Ownership, and Management Development of the 600 room Long Island Marriott Hotel
In 1968 Donald Urgo approached the local government officials and convinced them to grant a long term lease of an eight acre parcel contiguous to the Nassau County Coliseum for the purpose of developing a Marriott Hotel.
Upon opening, the Marriott became the center for Long Island business and social activities. In 1990, two hundred guest rooms and a state-of-the-art convention facility were added which enabled the hotel to bring important new corporate, group, and association business to Long Island for the first time. Twenty five years after opening its doors, the multiple award-winning Marriott remains the pre-eminent Long Island Hotel for both overnight guests and local visitors. Development of the Courtyard and Residence Inn at the Montreal Airport
Urgo hotels developed, owned, and manages a 329 room hotel complex at the Montreal. Urgo developed the two hotels together sharing common facilities such as roughly 6, 000 square feet of meeting space, back of house, pool, fitness center, among other amenities. This development was the first of its kind for Marriott and won the best opening award from Marriott. This hotel also achieved the highest guest satisfaction in the entire Courtyard system.