St. Charles, Mo.
Open for Business
The St. Charles Convention Center celebrated its grand opening on April 9. The center, able to accommodate groups of up to 3,000, features 58,970 square feet of exhibit and meeting space, including a 16,200-square-foot grand ballroom. Supporting the new center will be the 300-room Embassy Suites St. LouisSt. Charles, with 5,200 square feet of meeting space and a full-service day spa, to open July 2005.
A 200-room Sheraton
is due to open in fall 2006 and a 260-room Westin by year-end 2007, both near Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The B&O Railroad Museum reopened in May after a 22-month closure. The new Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, with a 200-seat theater, is scheduled to open in July 2005, as is Sports Legends at Camden Yards, a museum dedicated to sports heroes from baseball to lacrosse.
The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa opens this month, offering 77
guest rooms, suites and “spa guest rooms” equipped with soaking
tubs. The hotel offers 1,900 square feet of indoor meeting and
function space, as well as a 2,500-square-foot outdoor function
area and observation deck.
The Adam’s Mark Jacksonville recently was purchased by Jackson
Waterfront Partners LLC and renamed the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.
The 966-room hotel will undergo a $10 million guest room
renovation, due to be completed by early 2006.
Chicago’s historic Claridge Hotel is back in business as the newly
renovated Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast, now under the management
of InterContinental Hotels Group. The hotel offers 165 guest rooms,
a 24-hour business center and a meeting room that can seat 55
Two Paws Up, WAY up. Designed for small
meetings or incentive retreats, the Resort at Paws Up opens this
month on 37,000 acres of cattle farm and wilderness along the
Blackfoot River in Greenough, Mont. The luxury property can host up
to 86 guests in two- to four-bedroom houses and offers a variety of
event facilities, including a 300-seat theater and an equestrian
center. (406) 244-5200; www.pawsup.com
TX, Horseshoe Bay
The 349-room Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott Hotel, on the
grounds of the private Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ, celebrated
its grand opening last month. Guests have access to the
full-service fitness club and spa, a private beach, three golf
courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and an 18-hole,
night-lit putting course. The property offers 22,000 square feet of
indoor and outdoor meeting space, including the 12,000-square-foot
UT, Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake City Convention Center Hotel last month was rebranded
as the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. The hotel, adjacent
to the Salt Palace Convention Center and Delta Center sports arena,
offers 381 guest rooms and 15,000 square feet of meeting and
The Crowne Plaza Williamsburg, a 303-room hotel with 26,000 square
feet of meeting space, opened in May, following a $4.5 million
renovation. Within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg, the
hotel features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as
lighted outdoor tennis courts.
The Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva last month celebrated the
completion of an ambitious $40 million renovation. The 90-acre
property offers 334 refurbished guest rooms and 40,000 square feet
of revamped meeting and event space, including a 10,150-square-foot
ballroom. Also updated was the resort’s 35,000-square-foot spa.