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.