The new year has arrived, and with it, the promise of some 3,121 hotels (and a total of 456,417 guest rooms) opening worldwide, according to STR, the lodging research company. The following is just a sampling of the properties due to debut over the next 12 months. Find more at mcmag.com/grand-openings.
Just outside of Phoenix, the 180-room Sheraton Mesa Hotel is set to open on March 5, hard by the Chicago Cubs' spring training digs. The property will feature a large number of special rooms, with 51 junior suites and eight VIP suites. A one-acre area will offer four swimming pools, two wading pools, two hot tubs and more. Other highlights include a steak house and approximately 37,000 square feet of meeting space.
Denver International Airport finally is getting the on-site hotel that was promised when the white-tented structure was built in the 1990s. The Westin DIA will open in November with 519 guest rooms, many offering mountain views; a health club; a swimming pool, and 26,000 square feet of meeting space.
Opening this summer in Winter Haven is an ideal property for attendees with families in tow. The Legoland Hotel will feature 152 themed rooms and suites with Lego décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant.
Miami's 1930s Surf Club, which once hosted Elizabeth Taylor and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, is being refurbished as a Four Seasons, the brand's fourth property in Florida. Aiming for a late 2015 opening, the 80-room Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club will include two restaurants, four swimming pools, a posh spa and a fitness center; there will be meeting space, which has not yet been defined.
Another Four Seasons property will open toward year's end on Oahu. The 365-room Four Seasons Resort O'ahu at Ko Olina is a reimagining of the former JW Marriott Ihilani Resort, which has been closed for the renovations.
The Windy City will welcome the 257-room Hyatt The Loop Chicago next month. The property's 2,500 square feet of meeting space features plenty of natural lighting. Food-and-drink options include the Cochon Volant Bakery Brasserie and Bar, and a rooftop bar.
This spring, Boston will welcome the new $70 million, 136-room Envoy Hotel, a member of Marriott's luxury Autograph Collection. In the Fort Point neighborhood, the property will be connected to the HarborWalk and will offer a rooftop terrace looking toward the city's skyline and the famous harbor.
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In Manhattan, the 190-room SLS Park Avenue is slated to open this year, with dining options on the ground level as well as on the rooftop.
In Portland's Lloyd District, the 168-room Hotel Eastlund will be unveiled in May after a renovation of the former Red Lion Hotel. Two new restaurants will be on-site, including a rooftop full-service establishment with a deck, three fire pits and views of downtown. Groups can make use of two boardrooms, two private dining rooms and a ballroom.
Debuting Feb. 20, two blocks from the Austin Convention Center, is the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, with 112,000 square feet of its own meeting space. The new hotel is aiming for LEED Silver certification. Plans call for two eateries: one serving regional Italian and the other local cuisine. A fitness center, a spa and an outdoor pool with an event deck also are in the works.
Coming to the capital city in July is the 366-room Westin Austin Downtown, also close to the Austin Convention Center. The hotel will offer several Westin Workout guest rooms (featuring a treadmill or stationary bike, dumbbells, fitness DVDs, resistance bands and stability balls), plus a full-service restaurant, a rooftop pool and 19,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 325-room Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria is on target to open in the city's mall area this year as part of the mixed-use Galleria Plaza development. The hotel will have more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space as well as a large fitness center overlooking the pool deck.
Kimpton's 146-room Hotel Emma will open in San Antonio this coming spring at the 119-year-old Pearl Brewery's brew house. The Pearl, on the city's River Walk, also features a Culinary Institute of America campus, restaurants, retailers, the Pearl Stable entertainment venue, an outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the River Walk, and the largest farmers' market in San Antonio.