by Morton D. Rosenbaum | August 01, 2004

Vail, Colo.
Putting on a Fresh Face
Vail Resorts Inc., the town of Vail and private developers have begun work on a $1 billion renovation of the popular resort destination. Projects on tap include $60 million worth of public improvements, converting the parking structure next door to the Vail Marriott into a hotel, and leveling two buildings to make room for a new 162-room hotel, an outdoor ice rink and a shopping plaza. Completion is slated for 2010.

Rosemont, Ill.
Expansion Completion
This month, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center unveils its new $17 million expansion. The 40,000-square-foot addition brings the center’s total meeting and exhibit space to 880,000 square feet. The 503-room Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare International is undergoing a major overhaul. Upon completion, the hotel will be reflagged a Crowne Plaza. In June, the 467-room Radisson Hotel O’Hare completed a near $1 million soft-goods renovation of all guest rooms.

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CO, Denver
The 11-story, 196-room JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek opened in June at the center of the neighborhood’s quickly transforming Clayton Lane project. Among the property’s 5,660 square feet of meeting space is a 3,000-square-foot grand ballroom. A full-service spa and salon is expected to add about 9,300 square feet to the property in September.

HI, Waikiki
The 99-room Ilima Hotel, a serene yet central property two blocks from Waikiki Beach, has added three new meeting rooms off the lobby, totaling 1,600 square feet.

MA, Boston
The 220-room Jurys Boston Hotel opened in the heart of  Back Bay last month. Set in the city’s police headquarters of the 1920s, the $60 million property blends local history, Irish character and a sleek, modern elegance. For meetings, the newcomer offers five rooms, ranging in size from 318 to 1,212 square feet.

Miramonte Resort & Spa

Water world. Just minutes away from Palm Springs, the 215-room Miramonte Resort & Spa of Indian Wells, Calif., recently unveiled The Well, a 12,000-square-foot spa featuring 19 relaxation suites, four mud bars, a Watsu pool and a cornucopia of treatment options, including hydrotherapy and breathing workshops. (760) 341-2200;

NY, New York
The Grand Hyatt New York has spent $65 million on a cool, contemporary new look, and the 1,336 guest rooms have been renovated accordingly. Also new is the 5,000-square-foot Manhattan Ballroom, bringing the total meeting space at the property to 55,000 square feet.

TX, Corpus Christi
June marked the opening of  the 86-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Corpus Christi. Ten minutes from downtown’s international airport, the property offers
a 700-square-foot meeting room equipped with wireless Internet access.

TX, Houston
The 600-room Adam’s Mark Houston has been reflagged as the Houston Marriott Westchase after $18 million of recent renovations to both public and private areas, giving the property the atmosphere of a sophisticated Texas living room. The hotel provides 40,000 square feet of event space, including the 10,000-square-foot grand ballroom and 20 additional meeting rooms.

WI, Sheboygan
Newly planted on the beaches of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan’s Harbor Centre district is the 183-room Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center. The property, which celebrated its grand opening in June, offers 16,900 square feet of meeting space and 4,600 square feet of prefunction space. Between meetings, attendees can enjoy a range of leisure activities, from the 40,000-square-foot indoor water park to the variety of treatments at Elements an Aveda Concept Spa.