by Bryan Darrow | June 01, 2007

Spokane, Wash.
Revamped Center

One year after unveiling its new 62,000-square-foot exhibit hall, the Spokane Convention Center will wrap up a renovation of the original exhibit space. Completion of the project next month will bring the center’s total event space to 101,000 square feet. In January, The Davenport Hotel opened its new 328-room tower. Spokane International Airport has completed an $18 million revamp, including the addition of 10 new restaurants.

Fort Worth, Texas
More Rooms and Space

Scheduled to open by year-end 2008, the 604-room Omni Fort Worth headquarters hotel, adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center, will offer 48,000 square feet of meeting space. The 430-room Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa, which features 22,000 square feet of meeting space, is on target to reopen in late 2007 or early 2008, following a multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding. In all, the city is adding more than 1,200 hotel rooms via various projects.

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AL, Mobile

Hotel: The Battle House, A Renaissance Hotel. Reopened: May. Price tag: $220 million. Rooms: 238. Meeting space: 40,000 square feet. Key features: This revamped 1852 hotel will be connected to the new RSA Battle House Hotel, to open later this year. The combined property will feature a fitness center, a business center, fine dining and a spa.

CA, Palm Springs

Hotel: The Colony Palms Hotel. Reopened: April. Price tag: $15 million. Rooms: 60. Meeting space: TBD. Key changes: completely redesigned guest rooms and casitas with two-person outdoor bathtubs, Wi-Fi high-speed Internet and flat-panel TVs, as well as a new poolside restaurant and spa facility; meeting space is expected in the near future.

CA, San Diego

Hotel: The Westin San Diego Emerald Plaza (formerly a Wyndham). Rebranded: April. Price tag: $13 million. Rooms: 436. Meeting space: more than 20,000 square feet. Key features: a WestinWorkout fitness center; an outdoor pool; a restaurant; and Unwind: A Westin Evening Ritual, during which guests socialize and enjoy cocktails and snacks in the lobby.

The Greenbrier Resort

Plush revamp.
The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, W.Va., reopened last April after a $50 million renovation. All 721 guest rooms at the historic property were redone with new bedding, linens and plasma-screen TVs; 63 rooms were given new d}cor and marble bathrooms. This summer, the property will add a new restaurant called Hemisphere and a lounge. (304) 536-1110;

CO, Vail

Hotel: Vail Plaza Hotel & Club. Opening: late summer. Price tag: $180 million. Rooms: 207. Meeting space: 7,000 square feet. Key features: several decks and balconies, two restaurants, a lounge, a spa and suites that include a full gourmet kitchen complete with private chef.

MO, Kansas City

Hotel: The Holiday Inn Downtown Kansas City-The Aladdin. Opened: May. Rooms: 193. Meeting space: 4,000 square feet. Key features: a marble lobby and art deco furnishings, complimentary wired and wireless Internet, dining facilities, a business center, two meeting rooms and one ballroom.

VT, Burlington

Hotel: Courtyard Burlington Harbor. Opened: April. Rooms: 127. Meeting space: 3,000 square feet. Key features: guest rooms with high-speed Internet access and HD TVs, a fitness center, a business center and an indoor pool.

WA, Bellingham

Hotel: The Best Western Lake-way Inn & Conference Center. Renovations completed: June. Price tag: $1.5 million. Rooms: 132. Meeting space: 11,000 square feet. Key features: guest rooms with new furnishings, bathrooms, bedding, and flat-panel TVs; a resurfaced pool area and new pool furniture.