Based in Branson, Missouri, Myer Hotels is a part of one key reason the area is well-known as a great family vacation destination: family owned businesses. The Myers know the business of family very well and continue to be successful in one of Branson's largest industries, lodging.
Carroll and Janice Myer, founders of Myer Hotels, began a hotel career in 1967 when they purchased their first motel in O'Neill, Nebraska. For the next two years they learned about the lodging business before selling the motel and returning to Iowa to continue farming. That change didn't last long.
In 1972 Carroll and Janice bought their first property in Branson, the Branson Motor Court. The resort remains today in much the same fashion it did then. The Myer family continued to develop in the motel business with a move to Julesburg, Colorado where they owned a Best Western. Drawn back to the Ozarks, they moved to Arkansas in 1976.
Carroll had set the goal of owning a 100-unit property. He succeeded when they purchased a 100-unit Ramada Inn of Harrison, Arkansas. With a commitment to quality, cleanliness and overall excellence, in 1978 the Myer's Ramada was named the best Ramada Inn in the country. The family owned the property for 12 years, during which time numerous stars visited, including the King of Rock-N-Roll, Elvis Presley.
Carroll and Janice Myer were helped by their three sons as they grew up learning the lodging business. Other hotels were purchased in Mountain Home and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Despite their success in Arkansas something continued to pull the family toward Branson.
In the early 80's, Carroll and Janice purchased the Best Western Knights Inn (currently the Best Western Center Pointe Inn) in Branson. One of their sons, Gail, and his wife, MaryAnn, became the managers. The Myer family focused on the Branson facility adding over 70 new rooms, an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, exercise room, game room and converting the onsite restaurant to a Country Kitchen (now Montana Mike's Steak House).
With Branson developing into a top tourism destination, the Myer family committed to the unique town and its hotel industry. All their hotels in Arkansas were sold and in 1992 the family opened a new Comfort Inn overlooking the 14th hole of the Thousand Hills Golf Course. Another of Carroll and Janice's sons, Chris, became the Assistant Manager of both the Best Western Center Pointe Inn and the Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills.
The Myer family continued to move in the industry and opened another hotel in 1993. The Best Western Music Capital Inn was built on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway across from the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre.
In 1998, they stepped out again and purchased the Cinnamon Inn, also on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. The hotel is ideally located as the closest hotel in Branson to Silver Dollar City and Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. The hotel opened May 1, 1998 and in 1999 underwent a complete renovation with numerous enhancements to change to a Rodeway Inn. Then in 2002 the property upgraded again to become the Comfort Inn West.
In October 2001, the Myer family opened the Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows. The development marked the first hotel construction in Branson since the mid-90s and was completed in first-class fashion. The hotel offers guests a beautiful mountain lodge theme and an amazing million-dollar view of both the Ozarks Mountains and Branson area.
In December 2009, the Myer family completed acquisition of the Holiday Inn Express on Green Mountain Drive in Branson. This property offers a more contemporary decor and is conveniently located in Thousand Hills on Branson's Yellow Route--just a block off the famous Highway 76, Country Music Boulevard.
While operating six hotels in Branson the Myer family is currently focused on continual improvement within those properties. Each year during the off-season, projects are undertaken to enhance, remodel or add onto Myer Hotels.
"We don't believe in letting our properties sit still," said Carroll Myer. "To be the best you can't fall behind. You've got to continually improve, change styles and exceed customer expectations."
Today, Carroll and Janice Myer act as advisers and consultants to the company while two of their sons oversee daily operations: Gail is the Vice President of Operations and Chris is the Vice President of Marketing. Along with the outstanding support of management and each hotel's team members, the Myer family continues to excel in the lodging industry. One thing remains certain: with the Myer family you find quality. That is why Myer Hotels is continually recognized with top national awards and honors. It all comes back to the Myer philosophy that the guest is the priority.