by Bryan Darrow | July 01, 2007

Kansas City, Mo.

Downtown Revitalization

This past April, the Kansas City Convention Center completed its $135 million expansion with the gala opening of its 46,500-square-foot ballroom. The new $200 million Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which recently scored a coup in acquiring the Hallmark Photographic Collection, will celebrate its grand opening in October. Now under construction is the $326 million Kaufman Center for the Per-for-ming Arts, which is scheduled to open in 2009.

Providence, R.I.

Hotel Room Boom

The room drought here is officially over. The new 272-room Renaissance Providence Hotel opened for business last month, while next month, the 364-room Westin will unveil its 200-room expansion, bringing the city’s total room count up to 2,100. Another four hotel projects currently are in the planning stages, including a 206-room W, which will add yet another 704 rooms to Providence’s burgeoning hotel inventory.

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AR, Little Rock

Hotel: The Capital Hotel. Reopening: September. Price tag: approximately $20 million. Rooms: 94. Meeting space: 6,400 square feet. Key changes: complete restoration of hotel, which originally opened in 1876, includes enhanced guest rooms and restaurant, new plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and a new ballroom.

CA, San Diego

Hotel: Ivy Hotel. Opened: May. Price tag: approximately $100 million. Rooms: 159. Meeting space: 20,000 square feet of event space. Key features: This new property offers guests a rooftop bar and pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a fine-dining restaurant, optional personal butler service and a nightclub.

LA, New Orleans

Hotel: New Orleans Marriott. Renovations completed: late summer. Price tag: approximately $38 million. Rooms: 1,290. Meeting space: more than 80,000 square feet. Key changes: comprehensive enhancements made to all guest rooms, the restaurant, public spaces, the fitness facility, concierge lounge and meeting space.

Hilton Minneapolis

Heartland Haute.
The Hilton Minneapolis, the largest hotel in Minnesota, has completed a $22.8 million all-encompassing renovation that upgraded its 821 guest rooms and 74,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities. Also new at the property: the 7,400-square-foot Symphony Ballroom. The redesigned SkyWater Cuisine & Cocktails reopened in April 2006. (612) 376-1000;


MD, Linthicum

Hotel: Sheraton Baltimore Washington Air-port Hotel. Opened: May. Rooms: 203. Meeting space: 4,600 square feet. Key features: indoor pool, fitness room, full-service restaurant and lounge; flat-screen televisions in all guest rooms.

Qu}bec, Montr}al

Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton-Montreal. Opened: July. Rooms: 210. Meeting space: 4,600 square feet (also across street from Palais des Congres de Montreal). Key features: zen-inspired decor featuring black granite floors; each suite comes with two flat-screen LCD televisions.

SC, Charleston

Hotel: Charleston Marriott (formerly Charleston River-view). Opened: May. Rooms: 340. Meeting space: 14,000 square feet. Key features: comprehensive renovation of all guest rooms, public spaces, restaurant, lounge and meeting facilities.

TX, El Paso

Hotel: Holiday Inn El Paso Hotel Sunland Park. Renovations completed: May. Price tag: $2 million. Rooms: 176. Meeting space: nearly 5,000 square feet. Key changes: upgraded lobby and ballroom; remodeled guest rooms; new boardroom; new restaurant and bar area with Mexican menu; new fitness/health center that overlooks the pool.