Since April 2005, five major cultural institutions have opened in new or renovated buildings, each with unique spaces available for special events, including the Jacques Herzog-designed Walker Arts Center, featuring a Wolfgang Puck restaurant; the Guthrie Theater, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. On the horizon: a new 214-room Westin and the 136-room Ivy Tower + Residence, a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel, both to open later this year.
HQ Hotel in the Works
After years of planning, the city finally has given the nod to a new convention center hotel. The 350-room Westin Syracuse Convention Center, to open in 2009, will feature 17,000 square feet of meeting space and will be connected by sky bridge to the Oncenter Complex, a 99,000-square foot convention center. The 250-room Doubletree Hotel Syracuse is wrapping up a multimillion-dollar makeover following conversion from a Wyndham.
Hotel: Hotel Indigo
Scottsdale (formerly a Hampton Inn). Opened: early
January. Price tag: $17 million.
Rooms: 126. Meeting space: TBD.
Key features: renovation of guest rooms, meeting
and public spaces.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency
Mon-terey. Renovations completed: early February
2007. Price tag: $40 million.
Rooms: 575. Meeting space: 40,000
square feet. Key changes: renovation of the lobby
and the addition of a restaurant; a new spa opens by January
Hotel Den-ver Tech (previously Hotel Denver Tech).
Rebranding: early spring. Rooms:
305. Meeting space: 18,000 square feet.
Key changes: renovation of guest rooms, exterior,
meeting and public spaces; new signature restaurant and fitness
The new Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk on Oahu,
Hawaii, opened in December 2006. Owned by Outrigger Enterprises
Group and operated by Hilton Hotels Corp., the all-suite resort
features two towers with a combined 421 rooms, 24-hour business and
fitness centers, an outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall, and
2,000 square feet of meeting space. (808) 921-2345; embassysuites.hilton.com
FL, Coral Gables
Colonnade Cor-al Gables (previously an Omni Hotel).
Opened: Jan. 4. Price tag: $10
million. Rooms: 157. Meeting
space: 23,000 square feet. Key features:
guest rooms, meeting and public space; up-graded fitness center;
new Cuban restaurant.
Hotel: Orlando Airport
Mar-riott Hotel. Renovations completed:
mid-January. Price tag: $12.5 million.
Rooms: 486. Meeting space:
approximately 29,500 square feet.
Key changes: addition of ballroom and a makeover of guest
rooms, concierge rooms, lounge, ballrooms, fitness center and
IA, Des Moines
Hotel: Des Moines
Marriott Downtown. Renovations to be completed:
early 2007. Price tag: $7 million.
Rooms: 417. Meeting space: 25,000
square feet. Key changes: Phase One, to be
finished next month, includes upgrading the guest rooms, meeting
space, foyer and fitness area.
Promenade at Branson Landing. Opening: Feb. 14.
Rooms: 243. Meeting space: 2,000
square feet. Key features: indoor pool and fitness
center, 32-inch flat-panel TVs, Wi-Fi access.
Hotel: Hotel Monaco
Portland (previously 5th Avenue Suites Hotel). Renovations
to be completed: March 8. Price tag: $4-6
million. Rooms: 221. Meeting
space: 6,000 square feet. Key changes:
upgraded lobby and guest rooms, which will have flat-screen plasma