There are 1,889 hotels expected to open globally in 2014, per lodging data provider STR. Following, we profile some key meeting and incentive properties here and abroad that will begin hosting groups this year.
The Colorado National Bank building is being converted to a 230-room Marriott Renaissance Hotel. The property, to open early this year, will retain the bank's soaring white-marble lobby and murals of Native American life. Three vaults with their massive doors have been preserved; one will serve as a private dining room and the other two as boardrooms -- all part of the hotel's total 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
Also in Denver, the 112-room hotel currently under construction in the historic Union Station will be named the Crawford Hotel,
after urban preservationist and Union Station partner Dana Crawford. The property, which opens this summer, takes up the top floors of the north and south wings of the station. While the hotel has no meeting space of its own, groups will have access to the 10,000 square feet of function space at the 80-room Oxford Hotel across the street, and guests will be able to use the Oxford Club, Spa and Salon. The 1881 Beaux Arts station also will offer four Colorado chef-owned restaurants, plus shops and more.
The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will feature 444 guest rooms, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a spa with 18 treatment rooms, and three restaurants, upon completion later this year. The property also will offer a 37,750-square-foot conference center and two event lawns.
The Westin Jekyll Island will open in December adjacent to the 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center in Georgia. The 190-room hotel will sit on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and will feature more than 5,600 square feet of meeting space, two swimming pools, a fitness center and a full-service restaurant.
Caesars Entertainment continues to transform the former Bill's Gamblin' Hall on the Las Vegas Strip into a boutique property. As of press time, the hotel had yet to be named -- or renamed, rather, following Caesars' decision to cut ties with the Gansvoort Hotel Group, which had originally been named to flag the property. The 188-room hotel will offer a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool and a nightclub/dayclub, in addition to the first restaurant from chef Giada de Laurentiis. Opening day is slated for mid-2014.
The 210-room Park Hyatt New York is set to debut in a 90-story mixed-use tower in Midtown Manhattan this year. The luxury property, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, will be on West 57th Street, directly across from Carnegie Hall. Features will include a bar and restaurant, a spa and 8,000 square feet of event space, which will include a grand ballroom, an outdoor terrace, a demonstration kitchen, three breakout rooms and a boardroom.
In April, the Westin Cleveland Downtown will open just blocks from the new Cleveland Convention Center and with views of Lake Erie. The property will have 484 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of function space, in addition to a 3,000-square-foot Westin Workout Fitness Center, a spa and a farm-to-table steak house. The hotel expects to achieve LEED certification upon completion.
The Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. (pictured above) is scheduled to open in the nation's capital this spring with 1,175 guest rooms. The property will be connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse and have 105,000 square feet of function space, including a 30,000-square-foot ballroom with 22-foot ceilings. Two additional ballrooms will span nearly 11,000 square feet each.
Debuting in March is the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel with 174 guest rooms and more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space. The downtown hotel is going up at the Paris end of the Central Business District, near attractions such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Amenities include the Shine Spa, with five treatment rooms; for imbibing, guests will be able to choose from the Little Collins Street Kitchen, a lobby lounge and the Terrace Bar.
The 289-room Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel and Convention Center is on track to open in northeast Brazil in June. It will be part of the Reserva do Paiva planned community in Pernambuco state, near Recife. The hotel will be one block from the beach and feature a top-floor club lounge with views of the ocean, as well as a spa, a fitness center and a beach club with an infinity pool. Its adjoining convention center will offer two ballrooms, four function rooms and other flexible meeting areas, for a total of 9,186 square feet of meeting space.
The Sofitel Shanghai Jing'an Huamin is scheduled to open in April with 503 guest rooms. The property, currently under construction in the Jing'an district, one of Shanghai's main central business and commercial areas, will feature a 16,000-square-foot spa, nearly 18,000 square feet of meeting space and several dining outlets.
The W Bogota is on target to open Sept. 1 in Colombia's capital. The 168-room property will be in a mixed-use development in the Usaquen district, in the northern part of the city and about seven miles from El Dorado International Airport. Plans for the hotel include a destination restaurant and nightclub, an Away spa and a Workout fitness center. More than 12,000 square feet of event space will be found at the new W, including a "Great Room" and five breakout rooms.
Peninsula Hotels will open its first European property, the elegant 200-room Peninsula Paris, this year. The luxury property, near the Arc de Triomphe, is housed in the former international conference center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was originally built in 1908. The architecture and interior design are by the Richard Martinet architecture firm, which carried out the work at the Shangri-La Paris.
Among the Peninsula Paris' offerings are three restaurants (one featuring a roof terrace with a panoramic view), a spa and an indoor swimming pool. The property will have meeting/event space, with further details still to be announced.
The 142-room Aloft Guadalajara is scheduled to debut in February, in Mexico's second most populous city. The hotel will be in the Colonia Country Club district, populated with a number of financial institution headquarters, across the street from an upscale shopping center. Six meeting spaces will be on-site, the largest of which will span approximately 1,389 square feet. Aloft's standard amenities, such as the w xyz bar, re:fuel 24/7 pantry and re:mix lounge, will be offered.
The 359-room Mondrian London, slated to open later this year, aims to bring a sultry slice of the Sunset Strip, site of the original Hollywood Mondrian, to the iconic Sea Containers building on the South Bank of the Thames.
The hotel, within walking distance of nightlife, restaurants, shopping, and cultural landmarks such as the Tate Modern and the National and Globe theaters, offers more than 5,500 square feet of flexible space.
Other features include a riverside bar and brasserie with outside seating; a rooftop lounge and terrace; and Mondrian London's signature Agua Spa, offering six treatment suites, a soothing relaxation space, and a manicure and pedicure room.