Windy City gem.
• The 153-suite boutique Capital Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C., has completed a guest-room refresh that ushered in classic "federalist chic" décor. The property has more than 2,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
• The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, has unveiled a $9 million revamp that touched upon all 218 guest rooms, corridors and the Club Lounge (below). The hotel has more than 19,000 square feet of meeting space.
• The 1,000-room Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando has expanded its meeting and event space from 85,000 square feet to a hefty 132,000 square feet, with more coming next summer, when the adjacent 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opens with 115,000 square feet of space to share.
The new Godfrey Hotel Chicago
(pictured), in the city's colorful River North district, is laying out the welcome mat for groups with an avant garde cubist-influenced design in the 221 guest rooms, an all-season rooftop lounge, chef-driven cocktails and 15,000 square feet of high-tech event space. More Debuts•
In Manhattan, The Renwick
has opened in a vintage 1928 former artist's loft on East 40th Street between Park and Lexington avenues. At one time the place sheltered the likes of John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today, the property's 173 guest rooms feature arty design touches such as easel-inspired TV stands, desks that recall classic artist work benches and hand-painted blinds depicting the New York skyline. The Renwick has 24 suites that can be used as meeting and event spaces for small groups, and the hotel works with surrounding clubs to facilitate events.•
The Hilton Tokyo Odaiba
has opened in this vibrant waterfront city less than 10 miles from Tokyo International Airport. The property's 453 guest rooms include 17 suites with private balconies overlooking Tokyo Bay and the iconic Rainbow Bridge. On-site F&B options include Taronga, offering flame-grilled beef and alfresco dining with a world-class selection of wine. The hotel has several meeting rooms, the largest of which spans 12,089 square feet.•
At the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, the 299-room JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
has opened with six pools, the 21,000-square-foot Jasha Spa with temazcal
(a Mexican sweat lodge), the Cafe des Artistes signature restaurant from noted chef Thierry Blouet, retail shops and more. For meetings, the resort's 37,000 square feet of space includes a 7,950-square-foot ballroom and the 5,425 -square-foot beachfront Amet Patio with views of the Sea of Cortez.