Springfield, Mo. – June 21, 2012 – The University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mo., announces construction will kick off July 1 on the hotel’s new on-site, full-service day spa to be operated by Grove Spa.  Set to open in September of this year, the 1,100-square-foot facility will be Grove Spa’s second Springfield location, will reside on the hotel’s main floor, and will offer signature spa services including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, makeup services and relaxation.  Located at 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center is owned and operated by Springfield-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States.  The company also operates the Springfield Expo Center.

“Soon our guests will be able to enhance their exceptional hotel stay with a luxurious and relaxing experience synonymous with the legendary Grove Spa name,” said Robert Henley, University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center general manager.  “We’re also planning to offer dine and relax packages as the go-to spot for locals to lunch and renew with family and friends.”

Rejuvenate From Head to Toe

Expected to feature a classic motif in soothing shades of gold, brown and green, the Grove Spa at University Plaza Hotel will accommodate individuals and groups, including walk-ins and appointments.  The self-contained facility will include three massage/skincare rooms, four pedicure stations, and three manicure stations.  A full menu of luxurious skin, body treatments and makeovers will be offered that relax, refresh and rejuvenate guests from head to toe.

“Our collaboration with University Plaza Hotel will enable us to accommodate sizeable groups by constructing a larger manicure and pedicure lounge and utilizing the hotel’s facilities for parties,” said Haden Long, Grove Spa director.  “We plan to cater to bachelorettes, brides, Expo meetings, and other spa groups looking for a unique and relaxing experience.”

Hotel Atrium Gets a “Light” Makeover

In addition to the spa construction, a makeover is in progress with the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center’s open-air atrium, which serves as a summer hot spot for live events in Springfield.  In June, guests will begin to notice cosmetic changes, including new skylights that comprise nearly half of the atrium’s ceiling.  The new, eco-friendly skylights will significantly reduce energy costs and enhance atrium ambiance with softer light.  In July, the extensive atrium greenery will be replaced with a more modern motif, including attractive ornamental grasses and black river rock.

For more information about the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, go to www.upspringfield.com or call (417) 864-7333.

About Grove Spa

Grove Spa is committed to providing each guest with personalized care and attention to achieve an overall relaxing and extraordinary experience.  Our dedication to the highest standards makes us THE destination for a healthy mind, body and spirit.  Grove Spa was named best spa and massage in 417 Magazine and Best of the Ozarks over the past eight years.  Go to www.grovespa.com for more information.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts is the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center; Courtyard by Marriott; Embassy Suites Hotels; Hampton Inn & Suites; Hilton; Holiday Inn; Homewood Suites by Hilton; Marriott; Plaza Hotels Collection; Radisson; Renaissance; Residence Inn by Marriott; and Sheraton.  With a portfolio of 78 hotels representing nearly 19,000 guest rooms/suites in 24 states, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ properties are dominant in their markets.  Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry.  Built to be the best, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development.  For more information about John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, visit the company’s website at www.jqhhotels.com or www.facebook.com/jqhhotelsresorts.

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