by Allen J. Sheinman | November 01, 2014
A Beijing beauty. This month marks the opening of the 283-room Rosewood Beijing in the heart of the Chinese capital's business district. The hotel has six restaurants, a Sense Spa, a yoga studio and an indoor heated swimming pool, along with more than 36,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,857-square-foot grand ballroom.


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 On East 29th Street in Manhattan's hot Madison Square Park neighborhood, what had been the King & Grove New York Hotel has reopened under the building's original name, the Martha Washington Hotel. The landmark 1903 property has 265 guest rooms, an Italian eatery from famed restaurateur Danny Meyer called Marta, and more than 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

 The 220-room AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, the first AC-branded property in the United States, opened this month with complimentary minibars in guest rooms (ditto for high-speed wireless throughout), the AC Kitchen restaurant, a fitness center and 2,200 square feet of meeting space spread over five spaces, including the 1,901-square-foot Degas Room, which can accommodate up to 168 people for a reception.  

 Just opened: the 294-room Miami Beach Edition. Features include a bowling alley; a skating rink; a restaurant by famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; and 8,300 square feet of event space that can hold up to 550 for a banquet, 832 for a reception and 928 theater-style.

 The 200-room Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol celebrated its grand opening late last month. Among hightlights are an indoor pool, a 24-hour StayFit Gym, propertywide free Wi-Fi and 1,600 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is less than a mile from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and not much farther are many of the district's landmark government buildings and memorials.

• On the Adriatic coast, the 86-room Regent Porto Montenegro has opened alongside that country's Porto Montenegro on Boka Bay. The property features three dining options, a signature Regent Spa and 2,690 square feet of meeting space, including the Teodo Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 200 people for sit-down functions.

• The 320-room Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi debuted this week, Hilton's first on the Asian side of Istanbul, Turkey. The upscale property offers a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool, a spa, a hammam and 16 meeting rooms, including two ballrooms and a rooftop executive lounge. The hotel is a short drive from both bridges that link the European and Asian sides of the city. 

• The 145-room Four Points by Sheraton Queretaro Norte has opened in central Mexico in Juriquilla, an exclusive district just north of Santiago de Queretaro. On-site meeting space can accommodate up to 221 people for a conference or 170 for a banquet.

• Just five miles from Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport, the 138-room, sustainably designed Element Harrison-Newark has opened with features such as the Restore gourmet pantry, kitchenettes in all guest rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and two meeting rooms spanning 826 and 551 square feet, respectively.

• The 106-room Hampton Inn & Suites Clayton/St. Louis-Galleria Area has opened, a complete transformation of the former Daniele Hotel including the addition of a new top floor of luxury suites and a meeting room that can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.