by Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2015
Italian masterpiece. The 104-room Mandarin Oriental Milan has opened within four 18th-century buildings around the corner from La Scala. The hotel has two sleek meeting rooms hosting a total of 120 seated or 160 for cocktails, plus a spa with six treatment rooms, the fine-dining Seta restaurant and the spectacular Mandarin Bar (pictured).

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 The 165-room DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront has opened in historic downtown Decatur, Ala. Formerly a Garden Plaza hotel, the property closed in November 2014 to undergo a $10 million transformation that included a total redesign of the exterior and lobby, an update of all guest rooms and suites, an expansion of the meeting space and a renovation of the atrium. The hotel offers an indoor/outdoor pool and sun deck, a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary Wi-Fi in all pubic areas and guest rooms. Meeting space totals 8,901 square feet, including nine meeting rooms and a 4,300-square-foot ballroom, all of which can accommodate events of up to 650 people.

 Due to open at press time is the 248-room Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North. The hotel includes indoor and outdoor heated pools; a fully equipped fitness center; complimentary Wi-Fi access; the Spice restaurant, with an eclectic menu of American, Mediterranean and Indian-inspired dishes; and more than 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including 13 meeting rooms with flexible configurations. 

 In Ocean City, Md., on the Atlantic coast, the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites has opened with 112 suites (each with a private balcony); a full-service spa; oceanfront dining at 99 Sea Level; and 4,400 square feet of meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom that can host up to 300 people. Propertywide complimentary Wi-Fi extends onto the beach, so bring the laptop along with the lotion.

• The 67-room Charmant Hotel has opened in downtown, La Crosse, Wis., along the Mississippi River. The upscale property represents a $30 million renovation and restoration of the landmark former headquarters of the Joseph B. Funke Candy Co., built in 1898. Several on-site meeting spaces include the Serenada room, which accommodates up to 40 people, the 20-seat Royal Crown boardroom  and an elegant prefunction area. 

• In New York state, about 25 miles north of New York City, the 156-room DoubleTree by Hilton Nanuet has opened. Features include an indoor solarium-style pool with retractable roof, an indoor hot tub, an outdoor sun deck, the Windsor Grille Bar and Lounge offering locally sourced ingredients, and 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space able to accommodate up to 410 people.

• In Richmond, Va., the 75-room Quirk Hotel, a Destination Hotel, opened Sept. 17, with 3,000 square feet of meeting space. The property takes its name from the adjacent Quirk Gallery; a courtyard leads to the art space and can be used for small events.