by Kaylee Hultgren | June 01, 2008

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hotels in the Pipeline

New York City’s third largest business district is slated to get an additional 2,000 hotel rooms by 2010 to support the $4 billion, Frank Gehry-designed Atlantic Yards development project, which will include Barclays Center, an 850,000-square-foot sports arena. Opening in 2009 is a 300-room Cambria Suites, a 250-room Holiday Inn and a 325-room Sheraton. Last November, the MarriottÐBrooklyn Bridge added 280 rooms, for a total of 600.

Tampa, Fla.
Luxury Influx

It has 21,000 hotel rooms already, but this West Coast city is poised for an influx of posh properties. The 255-room West Tampa Bay, set to open at year’s end, will feature 7,000 square feet of meeting space. A 225-room Waldorf=Astoria, with 38,000 square feet of meeting space, will open in 2009. The 269-room Ritz-Carlton, Tampa Bay, offering 30,000 square feet of meeting space and a 15,000-square-foot spa, is slated to open in 2011.

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AL, Huntsville

Hotel: Westin Huntsville. Opened: April. Rooms: 210. Meeting space: 10,964 square feet. Key features: a 7,000-square-foot ballroom, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, the Sage Grille restaurant, a pool and a business center.

CA, San Francisco

Hotel: Stanford Court, A Renaissance Hotel. Renovations to be completed: August. Price tag: $32 million. Rooms: 393. Meeting space: 12,000 square feet. Key changes: a new Club Lounge, a restaurant seating 140 and sleep-promoting amenities in guest rooms.

CA, Sunnyvale

Hotel: Domain Hotel. Renovations completed: April. Rooms: 136. Meeting space: 9,000 square feet. Key changes: 32-inch TVs and iPod docking stations in guest rooms, a bamboo garden and upgraded pool areas.

Desert digs. In April, the 340-room Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa opened in Rancho Mirage, Calif., not far from Palm Springs, giving high rollers a hot spot to meet, stay and play. Features include a 10,500-square-foot spa, a 13,000-square-foot conference center, a steak house and a resort pool area covering 50,000 square feet. In late 2008, a 2,000-seat entertainment venue will debut. (888) 999-1995;

FL, Key Largo

Hotel: Hilton Key Largo Beach Resort (formerly the Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club). Renovations completed: April. Price tag: $12 million. Rooms: 200. Meeting space: 17,000 square feet. Key changes: Meeting facilities now include the 4,200-square-foot Bay View Ballroom; all guest rooms and the lobby were upgraded.

MA, Boston

Hotel: Boston Marriott Long Wharf. Renovations completed: April. Price tag: $16 million. Rooms: 412. Meeting space: 10,825 square feet. Key changes: a redesign of the 8,200-square-foot ballroom, the addition of 10 new guest rooms with upgrades to existing rooms, and wireless Internet available throughout the property.

NJ, Newark

Hotel: Hilton Newark Airport. Renovations completed: April. Price tag: $9 million. Rooms: 378. Meeting space: 11,000 square feet. Key changes: a facelift to guest rooms, meeting facilities, the fitness room, the lobby and restaurants.

NV, Laughlin

Hotel: Aquarius Casino Resort. Renovations completed: April. Price tag: $20 million. Rooms: 1,907. Meeting space: 30,000 square feet. Key changes: 300 guest rooms remodeled with new furniture, linens, artwork and carpeting.

TX, Rockwall

Hotel: Hilton Bella Harbor. Opened: April. Rooms: 231. Meeting space: 25,000 square feet. Key features: a 5,000-square-foot spa, a pool, a hotel bar and a casual fine-dining restaurant.