by Kaylee Hultgren | August 01, 2007

CA, San Diego

Hotel: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. Opening: Fall 2007. Rooms: 420. Meeting space: 40,000 square feet. Key features: Meeting rooms include an 8,700-square-foot rooftop garden, a 600-square-foot ballroom, and a 750-square-foot glass-enclosed boardroom. Additional amenities: a lobby lounge, a rooftop pool and a fitness club.

CA, San Francisco

Hotel: Hotel Tomo. Reopened: June. Rooms: 125. Meeting space: 3,000 square feet. Key changes: The hotel’s decor, guest rooms and meeting space have been completely redesigned. New event space includes two gaming suites, two boardrooms and two outdoor pavilions.

IN, French Lick

Hotel: West Baden Springs Hotel. Reopened: May. Price tag: $383 million, which includes renovation of nearby French Lick Resort Casino. Rooms: 246. Meeting space: 40,000 square feet. Key features: Finally open again after closing in 1932, the revamped property features a 12,000-square-foot indoor pool, an 8,000-square-foot spa, a fitness center, a fine-dining restaurant and five retail outlets.

KY, Lexington

Hotel: The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. Renovations completed: June. Price tag: $1.7 million. Rooms: 388. Meeting space: 21,000 square feet. Key changes: The hotel now features a 7,000-square-foot, full-service spa, as well as two new meeting rooms, a restaurant and a fully equipped fitness center.

LA, New Orleans

Hotel: Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue. Opened: June. Rooms: 250. Meeting space: 15,000 square feet. Key features: The hotel maintains the building’s original 1920s architecture and also features a new Skyview Terrace on the 18th floor.

NM, Santa Ana Pueblo

Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. Renovations completed: June. Rooms: 350. Meeting space: 50,000 square feet. Key changes: The hotel added a 12,000-square-foot, open-air garden ballroom built to resemble an ancient adobe ruin; it includes a 7,500-square-foot lawn and garden, and a 700-square-foot amphitheater.

NY, New York City

Hotel: New York Palace Hotel. Renovations completed: June. Price tag: $12 million. Rooms: 893. Meeting space: 22,000 square feet. Key changes: The Mansion Rooms, which occupy the fourth and fifth floors of the hotel’s Villard Mansion, now comprise 24 meeting rooms, a spa and a fitness center.

TX, Corpus Christi

Hotel: Omni Corpus Christi Hotel Marina Tower. Renovations completed: May. Price tag: $5 million. Rooms: 821. Meeting space: 50,000 square feet. Key changes: The revamp enhanced all guest rooms and 38,000 square feet of the property’s meeting space.

TX, Laredo

Hotel: La Posada Hotel. Renovations completed: June. Price tag: $15 million. Rooms: 206. Meeting space: 15,000 square feet. Key changes: While the hotel’s original 1916 design has remained intact, a new business center, two renovated swimming pools and a new fitness center have been added.