by Kaylee Hultgren | November 01, 2007

Hotel Building Boom

Ten new luxury hotels are in the pipeline, with five slated to open in 2008. Among them are three W properties; a 150-room St. Regis; and The Mansion on Peachtree, with 127 guest rooms. The city’s venues also have branched out. Highlights include an additional 10,000 square feet of event space, unveiled earlier this year, at the Georgia Aquarium, and the new $106 million performing arts center that opened in September at the Cobb Galleria.

Adding Attractions

Earlier this year, the Seattle Art Museum opened its nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park and unveiled a 118,000-square-foot expansion. The Seattle Aquarium reopened in June, following a renovation and 18,000-square-foot expansion. In addition, the city will increase by six hotels in 2008, including a 149-room Four Seasons and a 346-room Hyatt at Olive 8, the latter featuring 15,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

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AZ, Tucson

Hotel: Embassy Suites Tucson - Paloma Village. Opened: September. Rooms: 120. Meeting space: 5,400 square feet. Key features: a heated indoor pool and hot tub, a fitness facility, a business center, a three-story atrium decorated with local artwork, and several retailers and art galleries.

CA, Laguna

Hotel: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Renovations completed: January. Price tag: $40 million. Rooms: 393. Meeting space: 80,224 square feet. Key features: phase one: upgrades to guest rooms, a new restaurant, spa and fitness center. Phase two: new decor for all indoor meeting space.

CA, San Francisco

Hotel: Hotel Kabuki. Reopened: November. Price tag: $8.6 million. Rooms: 218. Meeting space: 14,000 square feet. Key changes: guest rooms remodeled with Japanese-style decor; personalized bath butlers; in-room spa treatments; and a new restaurant and bar, the O Izakaya Lounge.

Twelve Hotel & Residences Centennial Park Dozens of Perks.The 102-suite Twelve Hotel & Residences Centennial Park opened in downtown Atlanta in September. The boutique property offers an on-site steak house; an outdoor pool and pool deck; and 5,260 square feet of meeting space, including two meeting rooms, a hospitality lounge and an executive board room. All guest rooms have free Wi-Fi access and DVD players. (404) 418-1212;

D.C., Washington

Hotel: Omni Shoreham Hotel. Renovations completed: guest rooms, October; ballroom, by January 2008. Price tag: $15 million. Rooms: 834. Meeting space: 100,000 square feet. Key changes: revamp to all guest rooms; new lighting, flooring and chandeliers in the ballroom.

FL, Orlando

Hotel: Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Renovations completed: by year’s end. Price tag: $8.5 million. Rooms: 1,000. Meeting space: 85,000 square feet. Key changes: Guest rooms will have new bedding, carpeting, flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet.

KY, Lexington

Hotel: Brown Hotel. Renovations completed: Decem-ber. Price tag: $1 million. Rooms: 293. Meeting space: 21,000 square feet. Key changes: the addition of 5,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 2,600-square-foot conference room.

VA, Dulles

Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Washington-Dulles Airport. Opened: October. Rooms: 170. Meeting space: 3,600 square feet. Key features: high-speed Internet in guest rooms, a pool and a fitness center.

WA, Seattle

Hotel: Sheraton Seattle. Renovations completed: October. Price tag: $130 million. Rooms: 1,258. Meeting space: 75,000 square feet. Key changes: new 420-room tower with 12,000 square feet of event space.