by Kaylee Hultgren | January 01, 2008

San Francisco
Renovations by the Bay

In the past 18 months, more hotels changed hands in this city than in the past 10 years. New owners mean capital investment, and more than $120 million of hotel renovations currently are taking place, including $30 million at the Westin St. Francis (formerly The Argent) and $25 million at the Parc 55 Hotel (formerly a Renaissance). In addition, the Hilton Financial District has wrapped up a $45 million revamp as part of its transformation from the former Chinatown hotel.

Milwaukee, Wis.
Adding Rooms

The West Bend Mutual Insurance Company’s $57 million expansion of its corporate headquarters has created the need for more hotels to service its needs. In the works are an 82-room Hampton Inn & Suites, directly across from the company’s offices, and a 120-room Comfort Suites. In addition, a 120-room Aloft is slated to open in June 2009, and the Harley-Davidson Museum is on schedule to open later this year.

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AZ, Tucson

Hotel: Westward Look Resort. Renovations to be completed: April. Price tag: $10 million. Rooms: 244. Meeting space: 20,000 square feet. Key changes: upgrades to guest rooms, the lobby area, and the Catalina and Sonoran ballrooms; the addition of 42-inch plasma TVs in all rooms.

FL, Tampa

Hotel: Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. Renovations completed: November 2007. Price tag: $1.7 million. Rooms: 600. Meeting space: 65,000 square feet. Key changes: Upgrades to the golf course have been completed, and by the end of this year, the spa will gain a 12,000-square-foot facility with 12 treatment rooms and a new fitness center. Renovations to the property’s six pools, tennis center, clubhouses and restaurants will finish by early 2009.

LA, New Orleans

Hotel: New Orleans Marriott. Renovations completed: November 2007. Price tag: $8.5 million. Rooms: 1,359. Meeting space: 80,000 square feet. Key changes: Upgrades to the hotel lobby and the “5 fifty 5” restaurant, serving French, Creole and Cajun food, have been unveiled as part of an ongoing renovation that ultimately will cost $38 million.

MA, Boston

Hotel: Renaissance Boston Waterfront. Opened: This month. Rooms: 471. Meeting space: 21,000 square feet. Key features: In the seaport district, near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the hotel has a seafood restaurant, a health club and a lobby lounge.

NC, Greensboro

Hotel: Proximity Hotel. Opened: November 2007. Rooms: 147. Meeting space: 7,000 square feet. Key features: a gym, an outdoor pool and a European-style restaurant named Print Works Bistro.

NJ, Somerset

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Somerset-Bridgewater (formerly a Marriott). Rebranded: November 2007. Rooms: 439. Meeting space: 14,000 square feet. Key features: Adjacent to the Garden State Exhibit Center, the hotel offers 22 meeting rooms, a health club, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a lounge.

UT, Ogden

Hotel: Ogden Marriott. Renovations to be completed: May. Price tag: $7 million. Rooms: 292. Meeting space: 16,000 square feet. Key changes: upgrades to all guest rooms, the restaurant and bar, and all meeting space.