by Bryan Darrow | August 01, 2006

Center Expansion Opens

The former Cinergy Center, now renamed the Duke Energy Center, unveiled its $135 million expansion in June. The venue now features 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and 100,000 square feet of meeting space. This month, the city wraps up the redevelopment of downtown Fountain Square, with shops and entertainment.

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AL, Birmingham

The Doubletree Hotel Birmingham opened last month. The completely refurbished 295-room hotel (formerly a Radisson) features new guest room furniture, bedding and bathroom fixtures, a redone lobby, a new restaurant, a remodeled fitness center and a new pool. The property offers 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

CA, Los Angeles

Following a $15 million renovation, the 209-room Hotel Angeleno has reopened for business. Changes at the property include redesigned guest rooms and the addition of an Italian steak house, a heated outdoor pool and lounge area, and a fully equipped fitness center. The hotel also features a spa as well as more than 3,400 square feet of meeting space.

FL, Fort Lauderdale

A new St. Regis property is set to open in Fort Lauderdale this fall. The 166-room St. Regis Resort, Fort Lauder-dale, will feature an oceanfront restaurant, a spa, fitness and business centers, an outdoor pool, a skywalk connecting the hotel to the beach and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom measuring 8,500 square feet.

IL, Chicago

The Conrad Chicago celebrated its grand opening in June. Formerly a Le Meridien, the property has undergone a series of upgrades that included all 344 rooms and the outdoor terrace and bar. Plans are in place to revamp the hotel’s restaurant. Set along the city’s Magnificent Mile, the Conrad offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

IN, Indianapolis

The InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans to convert the Holiday Inn Select Indianapolis Airport hotel to a Crowne Plaza hotel this fall. About nine miles from downtown Indianapolis, the 274-room property will undergo an extensive $6 million renovation that will include enhancements to the exterior, lobby, restaurant, bar, guest bathrooms and 22,000 square feet of meeting space.

MA, Boston

Hilton Hotels Corp. announced in June the grand opening of the Hilton Bos-ton Financial District Hotel. Formerly a Wyndham property, the upscale, 362-room hotel offers an array of amenities including high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms, a business center, a fully equipped fitness center, a dining room and approximately 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 1,900-square-foot ballroom.

VA, Newport News

The 256-room Newport News Marriott at City Center opened in June. The 11-story hotel and conference facility features two restaurants, an indoor pool, a fitness center, a fully equipped business center and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

WA, Bellevue

This past June, the Double-tree Hotel here was rebranded as the Hilton Belle-vue. The property, which is about a 10-minute drive east of the burgeoning downtown district, features 353 revamped guest rooms, a business center, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a new restaurant and cafe, and approximately 35,000 square feet of recently upgraded meeting space.