by Morton D. Rosenbaum | November 01, 2004

Fort Wayne, Ind.
Center Gets More Space
In June 2005, the Grand Wayne Convention Center will wrap up an expansion that will double its meeting and exhibit space to 100,000 square feet. Construction on a 350-room downtown hotel to support the expanded center is expected to begin before 2004 ends. Earlier this year, the 245-room Fort Wayne Hilton completed a $3.6 million renovation of all guest rooms as well as public and meeting spaces.

Albuquerque, N.M.
Downtown Renaissance
A $350 million revitalization has created several new venues downtown, including a comedy theater, restaurants and shops. In addition, the Marriott Albuquerque recently completed a $1.5 million renovation of its ballroom, lobby and meeting space. Also, the Sheraton Old Town finished a $3 million remodeling project, which included renovation of its 3,850-square-foot ballroom and the addition of 20,000 square feet of meeting space as well as an outdoor pavilion.

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CA, San Francisco
The 91-year-old 114-room Cartwright Hotel celebrated its grand reopening last month, following a $2.5 million restoration. The project covered guest rooms, meeting space and common areas, endowing the property with new elevators and wireless Internet access in every room. Two on-site meeting rooms accommodate up to 50.

CO, Aspen
The 179-room St. Regis Aspen completes a $37 million renovation this month, including a redesign of all guest rooms and the addition of a 15,000-square-foot spa. The hotel’s 14 function spaces, including a branch of Todd English’s Olives restaurant, comprise 20,000 square feet.

CO, Denver
The 475-room Denver Marriott Southeast was reflagged in September as the Four Points by Sheraton Denver Southeast. The property has two ballrooms and a total of more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Dream NY

The new darling of the design set
arrived in New York City’s Times Square last month. Dream NY is the 228-room brainchild of a handful of haute designers, including David Rockwell, David LaChapelle and spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. On-site meeting space can seat 60 theater-style. Cool perks include mounted plasma televisions and a copious front-desk iPod library. (866) 437-3266;

FL, ChampionsGate
The 730-room Omni Orland Resort at ChampionsGate debuted last month with a 10,000-square-foot European-style spa and 70,000 square feet of meeting space. A short drive from Orlando, the property is at the center of a 1,200-acre golf resort community  that includes two Greg Norman-designed courses.

FL, Jacksonville
The 167-room former Southpoint Hotel reopens this month as the Radisson Hotel Jacksonville Butler Boulevard after extensive renovations that began last May. Work included the gutting and reconstruction of all meeting space and guest rooms.

MD, Bethesda
This month marks the debut of the 225-room Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center. With 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the property has 21 meeting rooms and a 23,000-square-foot ballroom.

RI, Providence
Providence’s downtown arts and entertainment district  received a jolt of boutique cachet in September with the opening of the 80-room Hotel Providence. The property’s 5,807 square feet of meeting space are complemented by the transplanted Italian eatery L’Epicureo, wrested from the city’s federal district.

Washington, D.C.
The 834-room Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C., unveiled a $13 million renovation to its guest rooms last month, gracing each room with an updated design, the hotel line’s signature Grand Bed and wireless Internet access. The Capitol Hill property offers 35,000 square feet of meeting space.