by Martha Cooke | March 01, 2004

San Diego
Spring Training
Just in time for baseball season, the 511-room Omni San Diego Hotel is set to open this spring next to the Padres’ new PETCO park. Within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center, the new hotel will offer 20,000 square feet of event space, nine meeting rooms and two boardrooms. Also making its debut this spring is the historic USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum at Navy Pier. Beginning in April, the venue will offer space to groups of up to 500.

Savannah, Ga.
Reworked and Rewired
The 126-room Mansion on Forsyth will open in February 2005 overlooking leafy Forsyth Park. The hotel, in a restored landmark mansion, includes a spa, a restaurant and a culinary school. Meanwhile, in preparation for the G-8 Summit being held this June, the city’s International Trade & Convention Center is getting a high-tech makeover. Along with a complete rewiring for high-speed Internet access, the center will be made completely wireless.

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AZ, Scottsdale
The former Camelback Inn Resort & Spa became the Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa, in January. The newly renamed resort offers 453 guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, in addition to 36 holes of golf and a luxurious 27,000-square-foot spa.

CO, Denver
Washington, D.C.-based Marriott International in January announced the opening of a new JW-brand property, the 196-room JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek. When it debuts this June, the $40 million hotel will offer 5,660 square feet of indoor meeting space along with an outdoor courtyard.

GA, Atlanta
The former Swissôtel Atlanta became the Westin Buckhead Atlanta in January. The newly redubbed property has 365 guest rooms and 24,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 10,058-square-foot ballroom, the largest room of its kind in Atlanta’s  trendy, upscale Buckhead neighborhood.

MA, Boston
The Le Méridien Boston was renamed the Langham Hotel Boston at the beginning of this year, to reflect a shift in management. The 326-room property offers groups approximately 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hotel Icon

BANK ON IT. The boutique Hotel Icon made its debut at the beginning of 2004, revitalizing a historic bank building in downtown Houston. Following a $35 million transformation, the 93-year-old former Union National Bank now contains 135  plush guest rooms, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and a spa with four treatment rooms. The property, managed and part-owned by Woodlands, Texas-based Benchmark Hospitality, offers more than 5,000 square feet of meeting and function space. (713) 224-4266;

NY, Westbury
The new 140-room Hilton Garden Inn Westbury opened in January. The limited- service property offers 1,200 square feet of meeting space. Westbury is 20 miles east of New York City’s La Guardia International Airport.

OK, Oklahoma City
The 225-room Courtyard by Marriott Oklahoma City opened in January. The hotel is part of the decade-long Metropolitan Area Projects initiative, a downtown revitalization project. For groups, the $27 million Marriott has 5,000 square feet of meeting and function space.

TX, Austin
The 800-room Hilton Austin opened in December. All guest rooms are equipped with wireless high-speed Internet access, as are the meeting rooms. The Hilton offers a total of 60,000 square feet of meeting and function space on two dedicated floors of
the hotel.

WY, Teton Village
The new Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole opened in this ski mecca last December. The cozy upscale retreat offers 124 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting and function space, plus a ski concierge and a full-service spa to work out those post-slope kinks.