by Michael C. Lowe | August 01, 2011

Miami
B Hotels & Resorts will renovate and rebrand the 250-room Continental Oceanfront South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach by late fall 2012; the property will have an as-yet undetermined amount of meeting space. This will be the second entry for B Hotels, following this past January's opening of the 240-room B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, with 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

The Loews Miami Beach Hotel completed a major renovation late last year to the tune of approximately $50 million. Included in the project was a freshening of all 790 guest rooms, the addition of an aquarium wall to the lobby, a new port cochere entrance, and two new dining options. The hotel can host up to 1,000 people for events.

In December, Starwood Hotels and Resorts will open the 160-room Aloft Hotel in Miami's Mary Brickell Village district. The 14-story property will offer an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 405-room Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center opened last December, with 20,000 square feet of IACC-approved executive meeting space and a 4,000-square-foot ballroom. Less than a quarter-mile from Miami International Airport, the property includes a health club, an outdoor pool and bar, a full-service restaurant and complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service.

Bowling alley at the JW Marriott Marquis MiamiThe high-tech JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami opened its 313 rooms in October 2010. The downtown Miami property features a rooftop pool, a virtual bowling alley, a virtual golf school, full-size basketball courts, a 3-D TV viewing room and 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

Miami Beach commissioners have voted to double the size of the Miami Beach Convention Center, to 2 million square feet. The $640 million expansion plan includes the construction of an 800-room headquarters hotel.

The 179-room James Royal Palm will open in Miami in 2012 with two pools, a beachfront restaurant, a poolside bar, a full-service spa and more than 10,000 square feet of function space.

The 326-room Mandarin Oriental, Miami, recently completed a $17 million renovation of its guest rooms, the Oasis Beach Club and the M-Bar martini lounge. The property also features a 15,000-square-foot spa with 17 private treatment rooms and a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 880 for a reception. The hotel offers a total of  15,000 square feet of meeting space.