Drury Hotels celebrate 50th Anniversary; Find out about their newest hotels

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Drury Hotels on celebrating 50 years in business! STLSportsPage.com celebrates 10 years of our advertising partnership with this great family-owned chain. We have stayed at the Drury Hotels since the first one came to St. Louis. As the chain has grown we have been amazed at how many locations they have throughout the country. Generally if we are traveling somewhere, there is probably a Drury nearby. We look forward to staying at the new one in Orlando soon.

And on a personal note, the Drury family is one of the nicest groups of people you will ever meet as are the employees that we know. We first met Charles Drury (shown in the photo with Rob Rains) and Charles’ wife Shirley. They quickly introduced us to their sons and daughters who we continue to know and they run the business. The Drury family’s commitment to St. Lous and to the various charities– including Rainbows for Kids puts them in the category of “Unsung Heroes.” There is so much they have done and will continue to do to help people that no one realizes they do, but they make St. Louis a better place to visit and live– and the country a better place to travel in– just by being here.

The Drury Hotels are our favorite place to stay and we are proud to be associated with them. Check out the Drury Hotels for your next trip and use our promocode “SPORTS”.

Oh and their personal brand Kelso Coffee is great!

If you’ve never stayed at a Drury Hotel– You should

Drury Hotels Company, LLC, the family-owned and operated hospitality group, celebrates fifty years of warm welcomes this month. In 1973, the Drury family opened the first Drury Inn in Sikeston, Missouri and the company has grown to 150 hotels in 26 states. Drury Hotels include Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inns, Drury Plaza Hotels, and Pear Tree Inns.

Cardinals fans who come to St. Louis to see a game have a lot of choices to choose from. Some prefer to stay downtown near Busch Stadium and Union Station and there are several Drury properties to choose from: the Drury Plaza near the Arch, the one near Union Station and the Hampton Inn next to Syberg’s Restaurant. Others opt for the Fenton location to be in the South County area and of course those who want to be near Forest Park have the Forest Park Drury location to choose.

1973, they built the Drury Inn in Sikeston (shown left) . This hotel featured a design that was common at the time, with outdoor access to the rooms and a drive-up area for convenient check in. You can still stay at the first Drury Inn in Sikeston.

Lambert Drury started the family plastering business in Southeast, Missouri with his sons (including Charles Drury) after the family farm was nearly lost in the Great Depression. This began the road that would take Drury Development Corporation founder Charles Drury and his brothers into the hospitality industry.

“Since our founding, we’ve been guided by the simple promise to provide our customers with clean rooms, friendly service, and a good night’s sleep at an honest price,” said Chuck Drury, President & CEO, and son of the late Charles Drury,  “Fifty years later, that promise still stands with almost 6,000 team members dedicated to ensuring our guests Travel Happy®.”

Drury Hotels continually focuses on providing the best value for guests. In 2003, they were among the first in the hotel industry to offer free hot breakfast to their guests and followed up in 2010 by introducing free 5:30 Kickback®, with dinnertime snacks and cold beverages. As its latest enhancement, Drury Hotels recently introduced The Kitchen + Bar for late-night dining options at 16 Drury Hotels, with plans to add eight more by the end of 2024.

2017, they broke ground on their most complex project to date – a 22-story hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. When completed, this build will be their largest hotel with 389 rooms. The plans for the Nashville hotell are shown in the photo, right.

In 2022, Drury Hotels earned a record-breaking 17th consecutive J.D. Power award for Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Mid-Scale Hotel Chains. Drury Hotels’ J.D. Power distinction sets a record for the most consecutive wins in the travel and hospitality category.

Continued Growth

Last December, Drury Hotels opened the 604-room Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando located within the Disney Springs® Area, an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel.

For those going to the Disney parks in Orlando, the new Drury lets you stay near the magic. The new Orlando location is shown left.  Enjoy early theme park entry, free shuttle service to all Walt Disney World ® Theme Parks and our best-in-class amenities – all with no resort fee. Plus, stay entertained with an on-site arcade, resort-style saltwater pool with splashpad, and two restaurants.

If you can’t get into the new hotel in Orlando, there is still their first one they had in the area.

In the past five years, Drury Hotels has opened 16 new hotels including downtown Nashville Tenn., Milwaukee Wis., Richmond Va., St. Paul Minn., and Dallas Texas. In addition, three new hotels are currently under construction in Tallahassee Fla., Savannah Ga., and Arlington Texas.

There is a Drury Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio near the Cleveland Clinic and they offer special things for patients in town for treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

There are also Drury Hotels near the Cardinals minor league teams. There’s one in Springfield, Mo. and for the Memphis Redbirds, there’s one on the outskirts of Memphis in a suburb called Horn Lake.

50th Anniversary Celebrations
Drury Hotel guests can Travel Happy® with promotional opportunities including a group booking promotion and double points for enrolled Drury Rewards® members. For details about these promotions and Drury Hotel’s 50th Anniversary, please visit druryhotels.com/fifty.

All readers of STLSportsPage.com get a special rate by using the promocode: SPORTS. (Offer is valid at any Drury Hotels property and is subject to availability. Advance reservations are required and rates are net, non-commissionable. Discount applies to standard rates and discount is not valid for groups or with any other discount, special offer or package. Blackout dates may apply.)

Drury Hotel guests are invited to join the celebration by enjoying anniversary themed cocktails at 5:30 Kickback® during their stay from mid-April to August. Golden Margaritas will be featured at Drury Plaza Hotels and Kelso Collins, the namesake taken from the Southeast Missouri town where the Drury family is from, will be featured at Drury Inn & Suites and Drury Inns.

Drury Cares

As part of their ongoing commitment to the communities they serve, Drury Hotels team members joined together earlier this year as part of Drury Cares, a company-wide initiative that shares Drury team members’ time and talents with local nonprofit organizations. Volunteer activities included a variety of causes and initiatives including serving at food banks and animal shelters, sending care packages, hosting a dance for a local children’s home, serving breakfast to first responders, and more. Culminating these efforts, Drury Hotels presented a tractor trailer truckload of food and non-perishables to help impact more than 70,000 Missourians through the Southeast Missouri Foodbank.

For a complete listing of all Drury Hotels or for reservations, visit druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN. For information about career opportunities at Drury Hotels, please apply online at jobs.druryhotels.com.

About Drury Hotels Company

Drury Hotels Company is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with 150 hotels in 26 states. Founded in 1973, Drury Hotels has been recognized by the J.D. Power 2022 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study,SM earning the award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains.” In 2022, Drury received this award for a record 17th consecutive year.* Brands include Drury Inn & Suites®, Drury Inn®, Drury Plaza Hotel®, Pear Tree Inn by Drury®, as well as other hotels in the mid-priced hotel segment. Drury Hotels continues to provide exceptional value for business and leisure travelers with its many free amenities – Travel Happy®. For more information, visit druryhotels.com and follow us on InstagramFacebook and LinkedIn.

*Drury Hotels received the highest numerical score among upper midscale hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power 2006-2022 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studies.SM The J.D. Power 2022 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM is based on responses gathered between June 2021 and May 2022 from 34,407 guests in Canada and the United States who stayed at a hotel in North America.

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