The History of Fort Wood Hotels!
Many factors contribute to our success at Fort Wood Hotels. Great brands, great locations and a never-ending focus on improving operations. All of those define who we are as a family-owned company. We are determined to continue investing in our hotels, our community, and our employees. At Fort Wood Hotels we don't just hire employees, we hire people to join our family. We know that if we treat our employees with respect and as part of our family, they will treat each guest with the same courtesy. Read how about the history of Fort Wood Hotels and how we value everyone that has helped us get where we are today.
The History Of Fort Wood Hotels
Fort Wood Hotels originally was established as Ehrhardt Properties by Spike and Steve Ehrhardt, a father-son company that epitomizes success on a foundation of values, hard work, and treating employees fairly. In 1998, the Ehrhardt’s started their footprint at Fort Leonard Wood.
In February 1999, Fort Wood Hotels opened a 70 room Comfort Inn, which is a flagship member of Choice Hotel family of brands. In addition to the most modern of amenities including a 24 heated indoor saltwater pool hot tub, hot breakfast, 24-hour business center and fitness center, this unique "Modern Rustic” lodge was completely renovated in 2018 and now features upgraded amenities including granite countertops and marble bath surrounds. In-room microwaves, refrigerators and both wired and wireless (Wi-Fi) internet keep our guests comfortable and coming back. Since opening in 1999, the has received the prestigious "Gold Award" 5 years’ times (Top 10%) and the prestigious Platinum Award (Top 5%) for two years. The hotel continues to strive for award-winning quality, service, and cleanliness on a daily basis.
In October 2000, Fort Wood Hotels opened its second hotel in St. Robert, The Hampton Inn. The Hampton Inn is a member of the Hilton brand offering numerous membership perks that create a loyal following. Located next door to our Comfort Inn, this 79-room hotel and conference facility features a modern dècor. The Conference Center accommodates up to 150 people for meetings and banquets. The Hampton Inn has been honored as a “Lighthouse” property, ranking in the top 2% of all Hampton Inns. It has proven to be an excellent addition to our hotel family!
Our Fairfield Inn by Marriot Hotel was purchased in March 2002. This 79-room property opened in the spring of 1998. It was the first new hotel in the area since the early 1990s. The Fairfield Inn was completely remodeled in early 2015 and features spacious guestrooms, well-lit desks, and the most modern of amenities. Step inside and you will see a professional, clean appearance.
Candlewood Suites, an Intercontinental Hotel Group hotel, is the fourth property opened. It was the first extended stay property in the area featuring a complete
kitchen in every one of its 74-rooms. Built to accommodate guests staying weeks at a time, this hotel also features a business center, free guest laundry, a fitness center, and the “Candlewood Cupboard”, a convenience store inside of the hotel! This Candlewood Suites has been an award winner every year since it opened including a Newcomer Award and 7-time Torchbearer Award winner. This Hotel ranks in the top ten in its brand and stands high in the crowd.
Our fifth hotel in the market opened in July 2005. The MainStay Suites, a Choice Hotel brand, is an extended stay hotel with fully equipped kitchens in every one of its 77-rooms. This hotel also showcases an outdoor pool and breakfast. Operationally it started out with a bang as a Platinum Award winner in its first year and has continually held Platinum or Gold Awards every year. MainStay Suites also has won Hotel of the Year, four years and runner-up five years. Our award-winning property ranks #1 of all Mainstay’s.
In December 2010, Steve purchased the Ramada Inn in Saint Robert. Immediately he began making improvements to the property that included, demolition to a portion of the Ramada property and renovation of the remainder.
In June 2010, the Liberty Lodge located on the historic Route 66 is our independently owned and operated hotel. The Liberty Lodge serves our more budget conscious guests to our area. It offers free laundry, a Canteen (snack shop), and a “unique” patriotic, small-town friendly place to stay.
What Truly Makes Us Unique Is Our People!
At Fort Wood Hotels one of our main goals is to create a family environment for our employees that was established by Spike and Steve Ehrhardt. We take training our employees seriously, so we can give them all the tools needed to be successful and stay in our Fort Wood Hotels family. Every employee starts with extensive training under the leadership of our Director of Training and Development, Michelle Beckley.
We are proud of our employees and we believe we give them the right environment to succeed. Our hotels in St. Robert MO is known for their Ozark Hospitality which we have a great deal of pride. This customer service first starts with our employees and our approach to give them something to take pride in.