by Allen J. Sheinman | March 01, 2016
 New York City's The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel, has completed an extensive renovation, including new décor for all 200 guest rooms, new furnishings in the hotel's three meeting rooms and more.

 The 348-room Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort has finished phase one of a multimillion-dollar, popertywide renovation, including a new executive lounge and refreshed meeting rooms. Phase two, just begun, will include all public spaces and the grand ballroom. The hotel has more than 42,500 square feet of meeting and event space.

 In San Francisco, the 1,195-room Westin St. Francis has completed a $6 million refresh of its 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

• The 150-room Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., has completed a renovation of its conference facilities, including new carpeting, draperies, wall coverings and A/V capabilities. Meeting space at the property includes the 900-square-foot Sycamore Room, the 16-seat executive boardroom and a 4,000-square-foot grand ballroom.

• The Chateau LeMoyne-French Quarter in New Orleans has finished an eight-month renovation that updated its 171 guest rooms, outdoor pool, event spaces and more. Named for the founder of New Orleans, Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, the hotel is in a building that dates from 1847. Features include 30 guest rooms with balconies overlooking the colorful French Quarter, a garden courtyard and live music at night. The property has more than 2,000 square feet of flexible event space. 

• In the culturally vibrant Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain, the 169-room Hotel H1898 has undergone a renovation of its two banquet halls, including new décor (white lacquered wood moldings, cream-colored walls) that recalls the building's colonial past, when it served as headquarters of the Philippines Tobacco Co. The larger of the halls accommodates up to 120 for a banquet and 200 theater-style. The hotel also has three smaller meeting rooms, along with a heated indoor pool and dining services provided by chef Carles Boronat -- including exquisite tapas -- at Restaurant 1898. 

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Mile-high hospitality. The 519-room Westin Denver International Airport has opened as part of the airport's new Hotel and Transit Center, which includes an outdoor plaza and rail service to downtown. The hotel has 20 meeting spaces, including a 7,481-square-foot ballroom that can host up to 850 people for a reception.

 In Manchester, Vt., the Taconic, a new boutique property from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, has opened, marking Kimpton's first entry into Vermont. Among 87 guest accommodations are six suites and three standalone cottages, all with views of the Green and Taconic mountain ranges. The hotel, on Manchester's picturesque Main Street, has décor designed to channel the residential feel of the surrounding village, including the main building's wraparound porch and a double-sided fireplace in the lobby. For meetings and events, more than 9,600 square feet of space includes a 2,800-square-foot ballroom and a sprawling events lawn that can accommodate up to 400 people.

 The 142-room DoubleTree by Hilton North Charleston-Convention Center has opened in South Carolina, across the street from the North Charleston Convention Center and 10 miles from historic downtown Charleston. The hotel has an all-day restaurant and a 24-hour pantry, a seasonal outdoor pool, complimentary area shuttle service, and 4,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space.

 The 242-room Godfrey Hotel Boston has debuted in Beantown's Downtown Crossing neighborhood. The luxury property, carved out of the landmark 1904 Blake and 1908 Armory buildings, offers a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room spa services, an executive boardroom for 14 people and space for receptions of up to 40. The hotel is less than two miles from the 2.1 million-square-foot Boston Convention and Exposition Center.

• In North Dakota, the 90-room Four Points by Sheraton Fargo has opened with a fully equipped business center, a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The property's 1,600 square feet of flexible function space can accommodate up to 150 attendees. 

• The 203-room DoubleTree by Hilton London-Kensington has opened, just steps from the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Features include the Kensington Restaurant, with an international menu using local ingredients; the 100 Queen's Gate Bar; and eight meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 100 people.

• The 204-room Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano has opened in Chihuahua in Northwestern Mexico, with an outdoor pool, the High Hill Spa, gourmet dining at the Restaurant Candiles and the casual Restaurant Las Cascadas, and event space that can host up to 1,300 people.