Plotting New Center
City officials are considering plans to build a new 2 million-square-foot, $455 million convention facility, to be called the Music City Center, on a site behind the Nashville Arena. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has embarked on a four-year, $45 million face-lift. The Doubletree Hotel Downtown recently wrapped up a renovation of its 21,000 square feet of meeting space as well as public areas.
NASCAR and More
In March, the city won a competition to become the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, beating out Atlanta and Daytona Beach, Fla. The $154 million project largely will be financed through a 2 percent increase in the hotel/motel tax, to 8 percent, effective May 1. The city will get three new hotels, an increase of 476 rooms, by year-end 2008. Making a mark will be a 150-room Ritz-Carlton with 13,600 square feet of meeting space, a 176-room aloft hotel and a 150-suite Twelve boutique property.
The Lexington hotel opens this month with
227 luxury studios and suites. The property features a signature
restaurant and lounge, a cyber cafe, a business center and a pool.
A six-story spa and fitness center will open next March. The hotel
has 4,400 square feet of meeting space.
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
completed a nearly $20 million renovation in March. In addition to
revamped guest rooms and suites, the refurbishment included the
lobby, the exhibition hall, the health club and the hotel’s new hot
spot, Chi Bar. The hotel has approximately 120,000 square feet of
The $26 million 21C Hotel/Museum, which
opened in March, is a 90-room boutique property with a
5,000-square-foot museum of contemporary art in the lobby. The
hotel also offers seven meeting rooms.
SEEING STARS. The
Portland Hotel deLuxe will open in downtown Portland, Ore., this
month, sporting a cinematic theme. The luxury property’s lobby,
hallways and 130 guest rooms are adorned with glossy stills from
classic Hollywood productions from the 1930s through 1950s. Groups
can meet in the 1,240-square-foot Screening Room or the smaller
Green and Editing rooms. (866) 895-2094; www.hoteldeluxeportland.com
NY, New York
The 80-room Rockefeller Center Hotel
opens this month, featuring 458 square feet of meeting space. The
building includes a private business club called Terrace Club and
Johnny Utah’s Saloon and Steakhouse.
NV, Las Vegas
The Signature at MGM Grand, a new luxury suite hotel,
opens its first tower this month with 576 suites decked out with
marble and granite bathrooms, Jacuzzis, flat-screen TVs and
wireless high-speed Internet access. An unspecified amount of
meeting space will open later this year. Two more towers will open
by next spring.
The 58-room Lodge at Woodloch is set to
open in June. Featuring a spa with 27 treatment rooms, including 14
massage rooms, the property is set on 75 wooded acres in the lake
region of northeastern Pennsylvania. The lodge offers two meeting
TX, Fort Worth
The downtown Radisson Plaza Hotel Fort Worth completed a
$10.5 million renovation last month and was rebranded the
Hilton Fort Worth. The 294-room property features
the new Skylight Court Lounge and approximately 35,000 square feet
of meeting and ballroom space.
A new 158-room Best Western Hotel opened
in Culpeper in April. The property features a full-service
restaurant, a cocktail lounge and two outdoor swimming pools.
Conference and banquet rooms are available to accommodate up to 250