A New Hotel Rises
First came the arena, now the hotel. A 120-room Holiday Inn Express, scheduled to open in May 2005, is being built within walking distance of Hammons Field, a new 8,100-seat AA Minor League baseball stadium that opened last month. The new property will feature 1,000 square feet of meeting space and complimentary high-speed Internet access in guest rooms.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
On Dec. 3, 2003, the new $211 million DeVos Place convention center opened in downtown Grand Rapids, with more to follow. Phase II, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom, is expected to open by early 2005, bringing the center’s total meeting and exhibit space to 250,000 square feet. A new 300-room hotel, connected to the center by skywalk, will support the expansion. Construction will begin in 2005, with an opening projected for 2007. And opening in 2006 is the new $75 million Grand Rapids Art Museum.
CA, Los Angeles
The 221-suite Embassy Suites Los Angeles
International Airport completed a four-month, $3 million
renovation in March. The property has completely revamped its 4,200
square feet of meeting space as well as its bedrooms, with the
added bonus of pillowtop mattresses for all.
This month, the 88-room Sanderling Resort, Spa and
Conference Center debuts its 8,000-square-foot Spa on the
Outer Banks. The 12-acre property offers 1,550 square feet of
NY, New York
The upscale 187-room Hotel Gansevoort
opened in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in March. The property’s
6,502-square-foot rooftop provides myriad meeting-space
possibilities, along with a 45-foot heated swimming pool equipped
with underwater speakers. The cellar contains a 1,216-square-foot
executive meeting room as well as a separate board room and
prefunction space; the hotel also offers a 5,100-square-foot,
FLORIDA'S 727-ROOM Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club
& Spa reached the end of an $80 million renovation in March.
Now featuring a 24,000-square-foot Balinese health spa and the
10,000-square-foot Palms Ballroom, the property also has revamped
its 20,000-square-foot grand ballroom, boosting meeting space to
60,000 versatile square feet. (800) 228-9290; www.marriott.com
April marked the conversion of the 415-room Adam’s Mark
Hotel to the Renaissance Columbus Hotel. New
owners Marriott International plan extensive renovations to the
lobby, guest rooms, restaurant and meeting space, with an expected
completion date of early 2005. The property’s 33,500 square feet of
meeting space include an 11,700-square-foot ballroom.
OK, Oklahoma City
This city’s recently renovated Cox Business Services
Convention Center now can offer 225 more area guest rooms, thanks
to the new Courtyard by Marriott Oklahoma City
Downtown/Bricktown Hotel. The $30 million property with
its 600-space parking garage opened in March directly across from
the Cox’s more than one million square feet of meeting space.
The city’s Downtown Cultural District is home to the new 182-room
Courtyard by Marriott. The property, which opened
in March, is comprised of two restored early- 20th century
buildings. With 1,200 square feet of meeting space, the hotel
stands adjacent to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
March saw the grand opening of Mandarin Oriental
Washington, D.C. Overlooking the Jefferson Memorial, the
400-room property offers 34,000 square feet of meeting space,
including a pillarless 8,300-square-foot ballroom. This month, the
hotel adds a 10,400-square-foot spa.