2017 Marriott Opening Hotel Of The Year

Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue Awarded 2017 Marriott Opening Hotel of the Year

Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue- Exterior
Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue Awarded 2017 Marriott Opening Hotel of the Year


Officials of Bears Creek Hershey Hotel, LLC, a joint development between Shaner Hotels and Chafia Capital Partners today announced that the 120-room Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue was named the 2017 Marriott Opening Hotel of the Year. The Pa. hotel is managed by Shaner Hotel Holdings, LP.

“While it is wonderful to receive praise from our guests for our day-to-day operations during their visits, it is immensely gratifying to be recognized by industry leaders for our earliest ramp-up efforts,” said Plato Ghinos, president, Shaner. “The real winners here are the hotel associates who have done a tremendous job driving the stay experience at the property to the next level. Hershey visitors looking for top-quality, select-service lodging options can sleep confidently knowing that they are in a truly ‘award winning’ setting.”

Located in historic Hershey, Pa., at 515 E. Chocolate Avenue, the four-story hotel is situated downtown between Hershey Chocolate World, Hersheypark and the Hershey Medical Center. Other nearby sites of interest include Indian Echo Caverns, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park.

“Since the doors first opened, the Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue has performed well beyond our expectations,” said Jim Kwon, founder of Chafia Capital Partners. “We could not have achieved this great honor without the hard work and dedication of all involved, including the entire team at Shaner Hotels.”

The hotel offers guest laundry services, a fitness room, indoor pool and full-service business center. The hotel features the brand's new Courtyard Refreshing Business lobby, which provides breakfast, coffee and cocktails at the C-Bar. Also located in the lobby are flexible seating options, ranging from a communal table to more private media booths with high-definition televisions to a more intimate and a semi-enclosed lounge area. Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, plush bedding and an internet TV equipped with Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and 40 HD channels.

“Having a successful hotel opening, it is always key to have the right staff in place,” said Elias Thompson, general manager. “I could say that we achieved that goal more in this hotel as we had some phenomenal leaders and hourly associates that work tirelessly at achieving an outstanding opening.”

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