Calling All Brides! Would You Run Away From This?

Hotel Derek Announces Bridal Promotion That Will Have Brides Running … to the Altar

HOUSTON, May 24 /PRNewswire/ — Hotel Derek, the Texas hotel that is tailor-made for today’s demanding bride-to-be, today launched a “Runaway Bride” contest that is sure to leave no groom jilted at the altar.

Hotel Derek’s one-of-a-kind package will have couples falling in love all over again with a FREE honeymoon vacation that no bride would dare run away from. As wedding season hits full speed, Hotel Derek is offering an amazing opportunity for couples who book a wedding, including submitting a deposit, at the hotel from May 25 to July 31, 2005. The wedding may be held at any time through December 2006.

On Monday, August 1, Hotel Derek will host a drawing for the honeymoon package and the lucky couple will receive two round-trip airline tickets, a four-night stay at any RockResorts property, a stylish set of Briggs and Riley luggage from Woodlake Travel, a his and her fashionable travel outfit from Saks Fifth Avenue and a $200 TaxiCard(TM) from Yellow Cab, which can be used to send the couple to and from the airport via Yellow Cab’s Towne Car service.

“Hotel Derek not only promises to make your wedding day fabulous, but we thought it would be fun to send a happy couple off in style for an extraordinary honeymoon as well,” said Tracy Fitz, director of sales and marketing at Hotel Derek. “We will let the father lead the bride down the aisle, and the Derek will lead the couple into a wonderful reception, plus a runaway honeymoon.”

In addition, all of Derek’s Brides (brides that book their receptions at Hotel Derek) are given special access to Derek’s Favorites, a list of preferred vendors that have agreed to provide free consultations, discounts and other special treatment to brides who have their reception and/or wedding at Hotel Derek. Additionally, Derek’s team of experts has more than 30 years of combined experience in planning and executing small, intimate events or large weddings with guest lists into the hundreds.

“Most brides have never booked a limousine, hired a photographer or spent thousands of dollars on flowers, so they don’t know which vendors to trust,” said Fitz. “We do these things every day at the hotel, so our brides are relieved to get our recommendations, as well as the perks.”

Hotel Derek’s 10,000 square feet of modern event space and expert catering team are available 24-7 to help brides and grooms plan the nuptial event of their dreams. In addition to the event space, room blocks with special rates are available for wedding guests, who will thank the bride and groom when they experience the rooms’ amenities: choice of pillow-top or firm mattresses, 100 percent goose down duvets, rain shower, magnified makeup mirrors, L’OCCITANE toiletries and mini-bars with gourmet refreshments. Derek’s Brides also receive a complimentary suite for their wedding night and a bottle of champagne to toast their special day.

General Information

Since opening in January 2002, Hotel Derek has become known as the Texas hotel that is tailor-made for today’s demanding business traveler. In 2003, Conde Nast Traveler put the Derek on its “Hot List of the 52 Best New Hotels in the World” and Forbes.com called it ” … a stylish hotel where the rooms feel like loft apartments and appeals to the business traveler.”

The first modern hotel in Houston, Hotel Derek primarily caters to business travelers who appreciate the guest rooms’ generous workspaces, complimentary high-speed in-room Internet access, two-line cordless telephones, FedEx supplies in the closets and quick, efficient and seamless service from the moment of check-in until check-out. After the work is done, guests enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep thanks to the calming interior design, choice of firm or pillow-top mattresses and 100 percent goose down duvets. Leisure travelers also favor the hotel because of its proximity to the Galleria, Houston’s most popular tourist attraction.

About Hotel Derek

Hotel Derek is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a global brand of independently owned deluxe hotels and resorts. Only a select few properties offer the top-notch service, first-class amenities and luxurious surroundings that are required to pass Preferred’s rigorous inspection. Hotel Derek is owned by a joint venture between Amerimar Enterprises, Inc. and Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Hotel Derek has 314 guestrooms, including 10 suites and 16 studio rooms with adjacent business alcoves equipped with printers, copiers and fax machines. For more information, go to www.hotelderek.com or call (713) 961-3000.

About RockResorts

RockResorts is a luxury resort hotel company based in Denver, Colo. RockResorts manages casually elegant resorts in seven states. The RockResorts portfolio includes: The Lodge at Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, Calif.; The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; Keystone Lodge in Keystone, Colo.; The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.; Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada, Fla.; The Equinox Resort & Spa in Manchester Village, Vt.; Rosario Resort & Spa on Orcas Island, Wash.; and Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort in Vail Colorado, is also currently under development. RockResorts is a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc., a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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