by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 29, 2018
On the university campus in College Station, the 250-room Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center has opened its doors to guests. "Today marks a significant milestone for the University and the culmination of a twenty-two month project," said Charles W. Schwartz, chairman of the board of regents of the Texas A&M University System. "Thanks to top-notch engineering, design, construction and project-management teams, gracious and unwavering community support and significant hard work by so many incredible individuals, we are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center."
The eight-story property, named for local business owner and philanthropist James D. "Doug" Pitcock Jr., is 96 yards from Kyle Field, home of the Texas A&M football team, and steps from the Memorial Student Center. The maroon-and-white color scheme of the "Aggies," with accents of gray, highlights the design elements. The hotel is managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels.
"As a former student of this great university, today's opening brings along with it a significant amount of pride," said Alex Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark. "We aim to fully embrace the 'Howdy Hospitality' spirit, to truly 'be the difference,' and commit to providing all guests of our property with an exceptional experience unlike any other."
Three food-and-beverage outlets have debuted along with the hotel. Brazos-Proper Texas Kitchen, a full-service restaurant, focuses on Texas flavors with a modern twist. The Junction Market and Café is the grab-and-go option; the two-story Block T Bar, with a menu of local beers, wines and spirits, has a terrace overlooking Kyle Field. The hotel also offers a rooftop pool with cabanas.
The 35,000-square-foot conference center's jewel is the 8,300-square-foot ballroom; it is surrounded by 22 meeting rooms for all types of events. The conference space meets the strict standards of IACC, formerly known as the International Association of Conference Centres.