by Bryan Darrow | May 01, 2007

Wilmington, N.C.
New Convention Facility

The new Wilmington Convention Center, on North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast, is scheduled to open by year-end 2010. The $50 million facility, in the city’s downtown waterfront district, will feature a 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 22,000 square feet of meeting space. Supporting the center will be a 275-room Marriott-branded hotel, also scheduled to open in 2010.

Monterey, Calif.
Building and Revamping

More than $200 million of hotel investment is in the works. Scheduled to open by year-end 2009 is the new 330-room Fairmont Monterey, with 24,000 square feet of meeting space and a 14,000-square-foot Willow Stream spa. A new 208-room luxury property, still unnamed, is under construction within walking distance of the Monterey Aquarium. The Hyatt Regency is in the midst of a $40 million renovation, to be finished in January 2008, the highlight of which is a new 8,000-square-foot spa with 12 spa suites.

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CO, Denver

Hotel: Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. Renovations to be completed: May. Price tag: $8 million. Rooms: 241. Meeting space: 13,000 square feet. Key changes: renovated guest rooms to be wrapped up this month and a guest bathroom facelift to be completed by the end of 2008.

GA, Atlanta

Hotel: Hyatt Place Atlanta Galleria (formerly AmeriSuites). Opened: March. Rooms: 123. Meeting space: 1,586 square feet. Key changes: renovated guest rooms and public spaces; now offering free shuttle within a five-mile radius.

HI, Honolulu

Hotel: Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel (formerly Honolulu Airport Hotel). Renovations to be completed: June. Price tag: $6 million. Rooms: 307. Meeting space: 2,400 square feet. Key changes: free wireless Internet in lobby; renovating guest rooms and meeting space.

Atlanta allure.The Atlanta Airport Marriott will finish up an $18 million renovation of its 638 guest rooms and suites later this month. The new digs will feature upgraded bathrooms, furnishings, bedding and additional technology, including a connectivity panel that allows guests to listen to an iPod, watch television and surf the Internet simultaneously. (404) 766-7900;

MD, Rockville

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Rockville (currently Atrium Court Hotel). Rebranding: June. Price tag: $6 million. Rooms: 150. Meeting space: 13,000 square feet. Key changes: new business center, upscale room amenities, a 3,700-square-foot terrace, high-speed Internet access, health club and new restaurant/lounge.

NC, Charlotte

Hotel: Hilton Charlotte Center City. Renovations to be completed: in phases. Price tag: $25 million. Rooms: 401. Meeting space: 30,000 square feet. Key changes: upgraded guest rooms and meeting space; new restaurant, lounge and revamped lobby in progress.

NJ, Princeton

Hotel: Premiere Hotel Princeton. Rebranding: becoming Doubletree Hotel Princeton in late summer. Price tag: $10 million. Rooms: 238. Meeting space: 7,000 square feet. Key features: complete revamp includes guest rooms, restaurant, lobby and meeting space.

TX, Austin

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Renovations to be completed: in phases. Price tag: $15 million. Rooms: 291. Meeting space: 16,079 square feet. Key changes: new spa to open by June 15, new restaurant in August and renovated guest rooms shortly thereafter.

WA, Seattle

Hotel: Alexis Hotel. Renovations to be completed: June. Rooms: 109. Meeting space: approximately 3,000 square feet. Key changes: renovating guest rooms, with plans to revamp meeting space in the works.