Business travel is big business. The Global Business Travel Association reports that 488 million business trips are taken every year in the U.S. That can average out to around 12-14 trips a year with 4-6 nights away from home on each trip.
Making business travel as painless as possible is the goal of anyone who’s ever experienced it. It’s especially important when frequent travel is a job requirement.
In an effort to balance business with pleasure, the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center, locally owned by Prime Inc. founder Robert Low, has undergone a large-scale renovation. The full service resort hotel includes 173 guest rooms, two saltwater pools, and a tropical atrium.
“We don’t just want to make business travel painless, we want to make it as enjoyable as possible,” says Director of Sales, Sarah DeGuire. “Oasis is a tropical inspired destination that knocks traditional, cookie-cutter meeting spaces out of the water.”
The hotel also features two restaurants--Fire & Ice Restaurant, and Bella’s Pizzeria. Fire & Ice is home to Springfield’s only ice bar and boasts an open kitchen where guests can watch the action as their meal is being prepared. Renowned Springfield chef Peter Tinson has recently taken the helm as executive chef for Oasis, including both restaurants and all custom catering.
The resort style hotel is also home to a fitness center, business center, gift shop, and a 30,000 square foot flexible convention center space that can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,500 guests. The center features a built-in stage with theatrical lighting and screens, state-of-the-art audio/visual system, wireless internet and more.
All this allows meetings with clients in the setting that is most appropriate to the amount of people in attendance, while also offering guests in attendance the full-service, resort hotel experience.
The Oasis Hotel and Convention Center was recently invited to be a part of the upscale Ascend Hotel Collection with Choice Hotels. “We were invited to become an Ascend Hotel Collection member due to our award-winning history, the hotel’s uniqueness, and our commitment to provide excellent quest service,” says DeGuire.
“The brand is a network of independent and boutique properties and has allowed Oasis to keep its unique identity, while also offering the benefits of a large hotel chain.”
Many hotels in north Springfield have been torn down in recent years to create new structures. Rather than demolition and reconstruction, owner Robert Low decided to go a different route and opted for a full renovation. “This property is richly ingrained in Springfield’s history and we’re committed to keeping that history alive. We take a lot of pride knowing there’s nowhere else that’s like the Oasis,” he says.
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