by Morton D. Rosenbaum | June 01, 2004

Winston-Salem, N.C.
New Meetings Complex
The 603-room Adam’s Mark Hotel, acquired by the Noble Investment Group in late April, will undergo a $25 million redevelopment and become two properties: a 150-room Embassy Suites Hotel and a 316-room Marriott Hotel with 70,000 square feet of meeting space. Noble also will assume management of the city-owned Benton Convention Center on July 1; the company plans to upgrade the center and operate it and the two hotels as one meeting complex.

Spokane, Wash.
Expansion Planned
Plans for expansion of the Spokane Convention Center have been finalized. The $76 million project, scheduled to break ground next month, includes a new 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 20,000 square feet of ballroom space, 24,000 square feet of meeting space and up to 1,200 new parking spaces. Plus, the existing center will be reconfigured. The entire project is scheduled to finish by June 2007.

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CA, San Jose
An $8.5 million renovation of the landmark Hotel Montgomery, closed since the 1960s, wraps this month. Touch-ups include installing modern A/V equipment in two meeting spaces the 40-seat Western Pacific Room and the 30-seat Southern Pacific room. The hotel’s lush courtyard reception area holds up to 150 people, and the Paragon private dining room seats 36.

MA, Boston
May saw the unveiling of $34 million worth of renovations to the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The property has revamped its guest rooms and added wireless Internet access to the rooms and in the Fairmont’s 21,000 square feet of meeting space.

MA, Hyannis
The 224-room Sheraton Hyannis Resort on Cape Cod has been reflagged the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort after recent guest  room and lobby renovations. On 52 acres, the resort offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot grand ballroom built to hold 900 people.

The Broadmoor

The broadmoor in Colorado Springs unveiled a $3.5 million renovation of its spa in April. The 700-room property chose famed spa architect TAG Gaylean to revamp the 43,000-square-foot wellness facility with a more elegant decor. Also new are amenities such as the hydrotherapeutic serenity shower, designed to do the work of an 80-minute rubdown in just five minutes. (800) 633-7711;

MI, Ann Arbor

The former Sheraton Inn was reflagged the Four Points by Sheraton Ann Arbor in April. The 197-room property offers 13,500 square feet of meeting space in 15 meeting rooms, plus a 6,300-square-foot ballroom.

PA, Blue Bell
The 116-room Normandy Farm Inn & Conference Center opened in April, complete with a restaurant and a cooking school run by popular celebrity chef Jim Coleman. The property offers 30,000 square feet of convention space in 17 meeting rooms, all outfitted with wireless Internet access and new ergonomic seating.

TN, Memphis
The Memphis Marriott Downtown unveiled an ambitious expansion in early June with the addition of a 14-story, $14 million tower. The new structure elevates the guest room count from 400 to 600 and adds 5,100 square feet of meeting space to the property’s previous 13,000. An additional 300,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space is available at the adjacent (and recently expanded) Memphis Cook Convention Center.

WA, Redmond
About 14 miles east of downtown Seattle, the city of Redmond celebrates the opening of its first full-service hotel this month the 262-room Redmond Marriott Town Center. Included in the property’s 10,000 square feet of meeting space is a 5,824-square-foot ballroom, which is divisible into four smaller meeting spaces.