The Quad Cities’ Favorite Historic Hotel Charms the Industry’s Toughest Critics
DAVENPORT, IA–(Marketwired – Aug 2, 2013) – What do Forbes Travel Guide and Wine Spectator have in common? For starters, they know hospitality inside and out, whether it’s a top-notch destination or a first-class wine list. They also determine through their editorial where people will travel and what people will eat. And the point where all these qualities converge is at Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection, which recently received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence as well as a place on Forbes’ roundup of 10 top historic hotels in America.
Of course, this isn’t Hotel Blackhawk’s first brush with prestige. The historic Davenport hotel opened in 1915, welcomed everyone from presidents to movie stars, underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and reopened in 2010 with enough modern conveniences to set it apart without detracting from its glamour. One of these modern conveniences is Bix Bistro and Lounge. This is the second year the upscale Davenport lounge has received Wine Spectator’s coveted Award of Excellence, which is bestowed on those restaurants where the wine lists (usually featuring at least 100 selections) are expertly matched with the menu’s culinary style and pricing.
Of course, the expert touches extend well beyond Bix Bistro and into every aspect of this Davenport, Iowa boutique hotel. Its vibrant historic legacy subtly informs each space, from the grand foyer’s original white marble floors, to the guest rooms’ marriage of gracious furnishings with a contemporary color palette (think creams, aubergine and black-and-white graphics). As a result, Hotel Blackhawk emerges as a truly original property among hotels in downtown Davenport and beyond.
Hotel Blackhawk is more than just a pretty face with a knockout wine list, however. The property is conveniently located just minutes from the airport and Davenport’s museums and theaters. Plus its extensive range of amenities include a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a swanky bowling alley that boasts its own martini lounge and its own in-demand Spa Luce, which is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. All this means that Hotel Blackhawk’s most recent two awards will likely become just the first of many for this exceptional property.