by Allen J. Sheinman | January 01, 2015

Distinctive debut. The 380-room Thompson Miami Beach opens this month within a 1940s art deco tower near the cafés and boutiques of Lincoln Road. The property has 47,000 square feet of meeting space divided among seven venues, celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape restaurant, two pools (left), a spa and more.


More Debuts
 The 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown has opened in the landmark Samuel F. Carter Building, which dates from 1910. Among the hotel's offerings are a curated art collection from local and international artists; the Main Kitchen restaurant helmed by award-winning chefs Erin Smith and Sharon Gofreed; the 806 Bar & Lounge; the first-ever Spa by JW; complimentary Wi-Fi and iPads in all guest rooms; and a total of 16,000 square feet for meetings spread among nine spaces, the largest of which can accommodate up to 308 people.

 In Palm Beach, Fla., the former Omphoy Ocean Resort has been transformed into the new 134-room Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa.The hotel, Kimpton's fifth in the Sunshine State, features dining at Brandon's by the Beach, a swimming pool ringed by shaded cabanas, a 24-hour fitness center, the Babor Beauty Spa and complimentary guest bicycles. The property's flexible meeting space can accommodate events of up to 300 people.

 In Northern California, the 199-room Four Points by Sheraton San Jose Airport is now open, featuring the RSVP44 Restaurant and Lounge, which offers classic American dishes by famed executive chef Ruben Perfetto. The property's six meeting rooms offer a total of 4,700 square feet of indoor space, and another 3,000 square feet is available for outdoor events. All guest rooms feature free high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic desks and flat-screen TVs, among other conveniences.

• In North Carolina, the 300-room Le Méredien Charlotte has opened, within walking distance of the city's Uptown Business District. The property has 55,000 square feet of event space shared with the adjacent 305-room Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, including the 16,000-square-foot Symphony Ballroom.

• The 389-room Gran Meliá Xian has opened in Xian, China, in the new Qu Jiang district, with meeting space for up to 500 people. The hotel also features three restaurants, two bars, a Red Level Lounge, a fitness center, a swimming pool and the YHI Spa.