by Kaylee Hultgren | October 01, 2007

Tucson, Ariz.
Hotel Developments

Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Sheraton all have filed convention center hotel proposals with the city to support a planned arena, approved earlier this year, that will accommodate more than 12,300 people. In addition, four new properties representing a total of more than 500 rooms are under construction; three will open by year’s end. In May, the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa began a $57 million renovation, which will increase its room count by 112 rooms to 279 and its meeting space to 22,000 square feet.

Lubbock, Texas
Improved Image

This college town, the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll immortal Buddy Holly, soon will have its first full-service meeting hotel. Under construction in the city’s Overton Park district is a $40 million, privately funded property, which has not yet been named. Scheduled to open in July 2008, the 275-room hotel will feature 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

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CA, San Diego

Hotel: Doubletree Hotel San Diego Downtown. Renovations completed: August. Price tag: $11 million. Rooms: 333. Meeting space: 10,000 square feet. Key changes: upgrades to all guest rooms, restaurants and meeting space. Additional amenities: an outdoor pool, a fitness facility and a business center.

FL, Orlando

Hotel: Regal Sun Resort (formerly The Grosvenor). Renovations completed: mid-September. Price tag: $25 million. Rooms: 626. Meeting space: 19,000 square feet. Key changes: remodeling of guest rooms and meeting space; a new restaurant, lobby and bar; an expanded pool area (to finish in November).

HI, Lana’i City

Hotel: Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay. Renovations completed: August. Price tag: $10 million. Rooms: 215. Meeting space: 50,000 square feet. Key changes: the new 13,582-square-foot Hale Halawai ballroom, featuring a 5,892-square-foot outdoor terrace and full audiovisual capabilities.

The Grand Del Mar in San Diego

Grand links.The 249-room Grand Del Mar in San Diego is opening this month. Perched atop a coastal canyon preserve and surrounded by an 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the resort will feature a 21,000-square-foot spa with 11 treatment rooms; a fitness center; a signature restaurant; and 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. (858) 314-2000;

IL, Chicago

Hotel: Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Opened: August. Rooms: 500. Meeting space: 39,000 square feet. Key features: a Westin Workout center, a heated indoor pool and Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse.

MD, New Carrollton

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton New Carrollton. Opened: August. Rooms: 197. Meeting space: 6,000 square feet. Key features: the Lobby Grill and Lounge, a fitness facility, flat-screen TVs in guest rooms and the Four Points by Sheraton’s Best Brews program.

NM, Santa Fe

Hotel: Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Renovations to be completed: December. Price tag: $10.5 million. Rooms: 219. Meeting space: 22,000 square feet. Key changes: upgrades to the lobby, guest rooms and meeting space; an expanded fitness facility, and new Spanish Colonial decor.

SC, Columbia

Hotel: Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC. Opened: August. Rooms: 189. Meeting space: 5,788 square feet. Key features: a Courtyard Cafe, an outdoor pool and wireless Internet access.

TN, Chattanooga

Hotel: The Chattanoogan Hotel. Renovations completed: August. Price tag: $1 million. Rooms: 199. Meeting space: 25,000 square feet. Key changes: a revamping of soft goods within the lobby, all guest rooms and the Foundry Bar, as well as in the hotel’s jazz and martini bar.