by Tom Isler | July 01, 2005

Providence, R.I.
Adding Hotel Rooms
The 374-room Westin Providence will add a 200-room tower by year-end 2007. The 274-room Holiday Inn Downtown is slated to undergo a renovation, which will include the addition of 40 new rooms, a full-service spa and a parking facility. The former Masonic Temple was purchased by Sage Hospitality Resources and is being converted into the 274-room Renaissance Providence Hotel, with 10,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. Grand opening is set for 2006.

Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ongoing Revitalization
The economic development of the city’s waterfront continues with the April 2005 opening of the $30 million expansion of the Tennessee Aquarium as well as the $19.5 million expansion of the Hunter Museum of American Art. Continental Airlines will inaugurate twice-daily service between Houston and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport on Oct. 1.

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AZ, Phoenix
The Pointe South Mountain Resort Phoenix recently completed a $1 million renovation of the hotel’s Grande and South Mountain ballrooms as well as the 3,000-square-foot East and West “courtrooms” for events. The resort offers 640 guest suites and a total of 117,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

CA, Dana Point
Major renovations at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel are now complete. The Orange County hotel, which features 22,000 square feet of meeting space, unveiled a new two-story fitness center in May, a spa in June and this month opens Restaurant 162, which stands 162 feet above sea level. About three-quarters of the hotel’s 393 guest rooms have been redone; the rest will be renovated after the summer season, bringing the total cost of renovations to $40 million.

CA, West Hollywood
This city’s latest boutique property is the 112-room Chamberlain in West Hollywood, which opened in May. The hotel features a meeting room designed for gatherings of up to 25 people.

Grand Hyatt DFW

Touchdown, Dallas. Opening this month at the new International Terminal D of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the 298-room Grand Hyatt DFW, offering 34,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,600-square-foot ballroom. Accessible from all terminals by foot or the new Skylink transit system, the hotel includes a rooftop fitness center. (972) 973-1234;

IL, Chicago
The 226-room Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown opened last month, just steps away from the Magnificent Mile. The property, which offers five meeting rooms totaling 3,000 square feet, plans to add two restaurants early next year.

LA, New Orleans
The New Orleans Airport Plaza Hotel became the Radisson Hotel New Orleans Airport in May, following a $5 million renovation. The property has 244 guest rooms and more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

MA, Chatham
The Boathouse, a new, 1,200-square-foot meeting room at Chatham Bars Inn, opened last month. The venue features a built-in rear projection screen, full audiovisual capabilities, high-speed Internet and an oceanfront deck. The resort offers a total of 12,500 square feet of meeting space and 205 guest rooms.

TN, Nashville
The Nashville Airport Marriott unveiled a new 7,200-square-foot ballroom in May as part of a $2.3 million renovation, which also overhauled the hotel’s lobby and restaurants. The 392-room property has a total of 24,000 square feet of meeting space.

TX, Frisco
The $20 million Frisco Conference Center, which adjoins the 330-room Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas-Frisco, opened last month. Combined, the conference center and hotel offer 90,000 square feet of meeting space.