by Michael C. Lowe | September 01, 2015
Why here?
The country's Mid-Atlantic region is rife with projects that will add new options for planners. In the nation's capital, some $9 billion in development is under way, while Maryland's MGM National Harbor promises to draw groups and gamblers when it opens late next year.

• Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is wrapping up a $9.4 million expansion that will add 12,000 square feet of function space. Once complete, the property will have 64,000 square feet of meeting space.

 The 318-room Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Southwestern Pennsylvania is adding nine holes to its Mystic Rock golf course. The expansion will be complete in 2017.

Maryland's $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor will offer 308 guest rooms, more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space and 27,000 square feet of function space upon completion in late 2016.

The 340-room Watergate Hotel will reopen this fall after being closed for the past seven years for a $125 million revamp. The property will have 27,000 square feet of function space and a rooftop bar.
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Local Update
 Work continues on the massive CityCenterDC, in the heart of the District. The 10-acre, 2.5 million-square-foot mixed-use complex will comprise 295,000 square feet of retail outlets, 515,000 square feet of office space, 1.5 acres of public space and more. It will span seven buildings over three city blocks. A completion date remains fluid at press time, but plans call for the opening in 2018 of a 370-room Conrad hotel, the luxury brand's first foray into the nation's capital.

 Following a $200 million renovation, the Old Post Office will reopen as a Trump hotel in 2017. The 271-room luxury property will feature street-level restaurants, a café, a library, a fitness center and a 4,000-square-foot Mar-a-Lago spa by Ivanka Trump. Meeting space will total 36,000 square feet, including a 13,000-square-foot grand ballroom.

 A mixed-use complex is being planned on the site of a more than 200-year-old fish market along D.C.'s southwest waterfront. The project will offer a riverfront boardwalk feel and will feature a 450-foot public pier, restaurants, offices, live music venues and two hotels. The first property to open, in 2017, will be the 278-room Wharf InterContinental, featuring meeting space, an infinity pool and a 5,000-square-foot roof deck overlooking the Potomac.

The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C., recently began a $13 million renovation of its 222 guest rooms and suites. Rooms will be outfitted with the chain's "Fat and Sexy" beds, a selection of bed toppers, a pillow and sleep menu, and new décor once complete in September. Additional hotel amenities include a pool, a fitness center, a spa and several dining options.

 The Embassy Row Hotel finished a $15 million renovation this past March. The Dupont Circle property's 231 guest rooms were redesigned, as was the on-site fitness center. The hotel features a rooftop bar and a heated saltwater chlorine pool overlooking the city, as well as more than 8,000 square feet of function space.

 The Mayflower Hotel, which opened in 1925, joined Marriott's Autograph Collection this past July. In May, the landmark property completed a $20 million renovation of all 583 guest rooms. The hotel offers approximately 43,000 square feet of function space.

 The Washington Marriott Wardman Park completed a renovation of its 1,048 guest rooms, 104 suites, concierge lounge and public spaces. Guest rooms now have new furniture and 1920s art deco treatments. The property has more than 195,000 square feet of function space.