by Kaylee Hultgren | October 01, 2008

FL, Celebration
Hotel: Mona Lisa Suite Hotel. Opened: August. Rooms: 240. Meeting space: 10,000 square feet (at the nearby Stetson University Conference Center). Key features: the 150-seat Galerie Restaurant & Bar, an infinity-edged pool and free transportation to the Walt Disney theme parks, two miles away.

IL, Chicago
Hotel: The Fairmont Chicago. Renovations completed: August. Price tag: $50 million. Rooms: 687. Meeting space: 62,000 square feet. Key changes: new and expanded guest rooms; a new wine, cheese and chocolate tasting room called ENO, and a new 11,000-square-foot spa.
 
IL, Chicago
Hotel: The Palmer House. Restoration completed: Sep­tember. Price tag: $170 million. Rooms: 1,639. Meeting space: 130,000 square feet. Key changes: a new restaurant and bar, a new 8,000-square-foot spa, completely remodeled meeting space and the new 3,400-square-foot Honoré Ballroom.

MD, Baltimore
Hotel: Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel. Opened: August. Price tag: $301 million. Rooms: 757. Meeting space: 60,000 square feet. Key features: two ballrooms, spanning 25,000 and 15,000 square feet, respectively, and the new Diamond Tavern.

MN, Minneapolis
Hotel: The W Minneapolis–The Foshay. Opened: August. Rooms: 229. Meeting space: 6,700 square feet. Key features: two restaurants, the Prohibition Bar, a fitness center, in-room spa treatments and the Living Room lobby lounge.

NC, Raleigh
Hotel: Raleigh Marriott City Center. Opened: August. Rooms: 400. Meeting space: 15,000 square feet. Key features: the Posta Tuscan Grille and Bar Posta, each serving Italian food; a Starbucks café, and access to the adjacent 500,000-square-foot Raleigh Convention Center.

NJ, Mount Laurel
Hotel:
Westin Mount Laurel. Opened: August. Rooms: 180. Meeting space: 25,000 square feet. Key features: Westin Heavenly Beds in all guest rooms; an indoor pool; a fitness center; and the Bellagio Ristorante, with a private dining area seating 20.

OK, Oklahoma City

Hotel: Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. Renovations completed: August. Price tag: $4.5 million. Rooms: 311. Meeting space: 66,000 square feet. Key changes: new soft goods, flat-screen TVs and décor in guest rooms, and a new lounge in the lobby.

OR, Portland

Hotel:
Crowne Plaza Portland–Downtown (formerly a Holiday Inn). Renovations completed: August. Price tag: $3 million. Rooms: 241. Meeting space: 10,000 square feet. Key changes: a new lobby, upgraded furniture, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center and an indoor pool.

WA, Tulalip
Hotel:
Tulalip Resort Casino. Opened: August. Price tag: $130 million. Rooms: 370. Meeting space: 30,000 square feet. Key features: a total of 192,000 square feet of gaming space, the 2,600-seat Tulalip Amphitheatre, six restaurants and a 14,000-square-foot spa.