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April 21, 2008.Berkshire Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield, MA Gets $2 Million Renovation to Ballroom, Banquet Space, Fine Dining Rockwell's Restaurant and Dewey's Poolside Pub

BOSTON, April 21, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Nestled in the heart of Berkshire County, two hours' drive from Boston and New York City, is Pittsfield, Massachusetts where the surrounding Berkshire Mountains are best viewed from the 14-story Berkshire Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Berkshire Common Corporation, owners, plan a $2 million renovation for the grand ballroom, banquet facilities and two of its three restaurant facilities. The Underground Pub, located in the hotel's shopping arcade adjacent to the health spa, will remain open to serve guests' food and beverage needs during the renovation. Dewey's restaurant and bar, located adjacent to the hotel's indoor pool, is scheduled to close for one week in June for its refurbishment. Rockwell's, the hotel's fine dining room, named for Norman Rockwell, the illustrator whose museum and studio are located nearby in Stockbridge, will undergo redecoration during this period as well. While many floors of guest accommodations have already been refurbished, additional renovations are planned for the remaining guest rooms. The current project is scheduled for completion by December.

"We look forward to offering to the community of Pittsfield and our out-of-town guests enhanced food and beverage facilities as well as an upgraded in-room experience, while we continue to offer exceptional levels of customer service," said Eugene Weiss, the hotel's owner.

When asked about the investment in upgrading the Berkshire Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pittsfield's Mayor James M. Ruberto, said, "I am pleased that the Crowne Plaza is renovating and re-investing in the City of Pittsfield. This is a sign of continued confidence from the Weiss family in the revitalization of the downtown corridor."

Nationally syndicated radio show travel expert and Berkshire County resident, Stephanie Abrams, when asked why travelers would choose to visit Pittsfield, explains, "There's a reason that I choose to live here! Berkshire County offers leisure travelers something for every age group and every interest. The Crowne Plaza is located in the best spot for visiting all of the museums, historic homes, theatres, antiquing, and experiencing the outdoor splendor that the mountains, lakes, bicycling and walking trails offer. With Tanglewood, Hancock Shaker Village, Barrington Stage, Shakespeare & Company and the gilded-age Colonial Theatre just across the street from the hotel, there is no better location to be near everything in a hotel that offers an indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, covered parking, a complete business center as well as 8,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. I'm particularly looking forward to the debut of the new surroundings planned for the restaurants. The new decor of the dining and banquet facilities are planned to complement the gourmet quality of food preparation and the chic presentation of the dishes one has come to expect from the chefs at the Berkshire Crowne Plaza," Abrams concludes.


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