by Bryan Darrow | November 01, 2006

San Antonio
More Hotel Rooms

Over the next three years, San Antonio will increase its total hotel room count by about 13.5 percent, adding approximately 4,500 new units. Key to that additional inventory is the 1,000-room Grand Hyatt Convention Center Hotel, scheduled to open in 2009. Also, existing properties are scheduled to invest up to $40 million in renovations during the same time period. The Tower of the Americas reopened earlier this year following an $11 million renovation.

Wichita, Kan.
Coming Attractions

Wichita WaterWalk, a $130 million retail and entertainment district in downtown Wichita, is on track to open in early 2009. Anchoring the project will be the 15,000-seat Sedgwick County Arena. Scheduled to open in May 2007, Wild West World is a $26 million family amusement park. In March of this year, the city’s zoo opened its Cargill Learning Center, which features four meeting rooms and an auditorium.

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FL, Orlando

Hotel: Sheraton Orlando North. Renovations completed: Aug. 24. Price tag: $40 million. Rooms: 400. Meeting space: 15,000 square feet. Key changes: Extensive work at the property has resulted in completely revamped guest rooms as well as a new business center, a game room, a fitness center and pool area.

GA, Atlanta

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta (previously a Wyndham hotel). Opened: Sept. 22. Price tag: $5 million. Rooms: 218. Meeting space: 7,000 square feet. Key changes: The Crowne Plaza now sports an upgraded lobby and revamped guest rooms, along with new carpeting, wall coverings and furniture in the common areas.

GA, Savannah

Hotel: Four Points Sheraton Savannah Airport. Opened: Oct. 5. Rooms: 79. Meeting space: 2,000 square feet to be added by mid-2007. Key features: high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, a lounge with more than 20 beers on tap, Seattle’s Best Coffee, an outdoor pool, a business center and an exercise facility.

InterContinental Boston

Harbor Hospitality. The new InterContinental Boston, which opened this month, is on Boston Harbor at the edge of the Financial District. The property offers 424 guest rooms with harbor views, multiple dining options, a spa with a heated indoor lap pool and steam room, and 32,000 square feet of conference space. (617) 747-1000;


IL, Schaumburg

Hotel: Doubletree Hotel Chicago/Schaumburg (previously a Wyndham hotel). Opened: Oct. 3. Price tag: $3 million. Rooms: 188. Meeting space: 2,700 square feet. Key changes: renovated guest rooms and bathrooms, new furniture, bedding, carpeting, an upgraded lounge and cafe and a new business center.

PA, Harrisburg

Hotel: Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey (previously a Wyndham hotel). Opened: Oct. 1. Price tag: $11 million. Rooms: 348. Meeting space: 15,000 square feet. Key changes: Upgrades, which should be completed by December, include guest rooms, public and meeting space, a new restaurant, a pool and a health club.

TX, Dallas

Hotel: Hotel Indigo Dallas (previously a Holiday Inn hotel). Renovations completed: September. Price tag: $7 million. Rooms: 170. Meeting space: 3,300 square feet. Key changes: complete upgrade including guest rooms, the lobby and meeting space.

VA, Alexandria

Hotel: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. Renovations completed: September. Price tag: $10.2 million. Rooms: 496. Meeting space: 45,000 square feet. Key changes: upgraded guest rooms and meeting space and new carpeting, along with an enhanced lobby and lobby bar.