by Morton D. Rosenbaum | February 01, 2005

AZ, Phoenix
The 299-room Crowne Plaza Phoenix-Airport has completed a $5.5 million renovation to round out its recent upgrade from a Holiday Inn Express. The property offers 5,400 square feet of meeting space, including a new 800-square-foot ballroom.

AZ, Scottsdale
The 210-room Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale debuted several new function spaces in December, including the 5,630-square-foot Ironwood Ballroom and three breakout rooms, boosting total event space to 36,000 square feet.

CA, Hollywood
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel completed a $15 million renovation last month, giving its 302 guest rooms, 18,364 square feet of meeting space and lobby lounge a chic vintage aesthetic. Also new: a poolside lounge, a nightclub and a restaurant.

Hotel Victor

Victor victorious. Miami’s hopping South Beach area welcomed the Jacques Garcia-designed, 91-room Hotel Victor last month. Expect a full-size bar in every room, a rimless pool overlooking the Atlantic, a jellyfish-filled aquarium and, of course, a 6,000-square-foot spa. The property also offers a 25-seat boardroom and several lounges for events. (305) 428-1234; www.hotelvictorsouthbeach.com


GA, Savannah
The 347-room Hyatt Regency Savannah will add 5,000 square feet of meeting space (joining an existing 28,000 square feet) this month as well as a new restaurant.

IL, Chicago
The 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, adjacent to the convention center and home to a 12,000-square-foot ballroom of its own, wrapped up an $8 million guest room renovation this month, touching on every amenity from bed to bath.

IL, Itasca
The 295-room Eaglewood Resort & Spa transferred management to Benchmark Hospitality International in December. The property has
a 38,000-square-foot conference center and a 10,000-square-foot spa. Also on site: a six-lane bowling facility.

IA, Des Moines
The 285-room Holiday Inn University Park Hotel re-opens this month as the Sheraton West Des Moines, offering 18,000 square feet of meeting space.

MS, Biloxi
The 767-room Isle of Capri Casino Resort completed an $80 million expansion last month and now features 34,000 square feet of meeting space, a pool and a spa.

PR, San Juan
Following a $7 million renovation, the 240-room Wyndham Old San Juan became the Sheraton Old San Juan in December and now has 11,300 square feet of meeting space.

TX, Houston
The 977-room Hyatt Regency Houston completes $18 million in renovations this month, offering luxurious featherbeds in every guest room, along with 64,000 square feet of function space.