The Pasadena Convention Center is in the midst of a $150 million expansion project, scheduled to wrap up in spring 2009. Upon completion, the facility will feature a new total of 125,000 square feet of function space, including a new 60,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom and 28 breakout rooms.
CA, Del Mar
Hotel: L’Auberge Del
Mar. Reopened: June. Rooms: 120.
Meeting space: 15,500 square feet. Key
changes: a new open-air lobby, revamped guest rooms,
refreshed meeting facilities and a new crushed-shell pool deck with
private cabanas. By December, a signature restaurant and a
4,500-square-foot spa will open.
Hotel: The Westin
Verasa, Napa. Opening: September.
Rooms: 180 suites. Meeting space:
12,000 square feet. Key features: an outdoor pool,
a hot tub, two bocce courts, La Toque restaurant, a lounge and wine
bar, and a 24-hour fitness center.
FL, Atlantic Beach
Hotel: The One Ocean
Resort and Spa. Opened: July.
Rooms: 193. Meeting space: 10,000
square feet. Key features: an art gallery, a
restaurant and a spa.
FL, Vero Beach
Hotel: Costa d’Este
Beach Resort. Opened: June.
Rooms: 94. Meeting space: 1,170
square feet. Key features: a signature restaurant
and bar, an infinity-edge swimming pool and cabana bar, a
full-service spa, a fitness center and a Cuban-inspired restaurant
Atlanta-Midtown. Opened: June.
Rooms: 466. Meeting space: 30,000
square feet. Key features: a cozy lobby called the
Living Room, a Bliss spa, a Jean-Georges restaurant and the Whiskey
Bar by Rande Gerber.
Wardman Park. Renovations completed: June.
Price tag: $100 million. Rooms:
1,316. Meeting space: 195,000 square feet.
Key changes: the addition of a 10,000-square-foot
ballroom, wireless Internet access in all meeting rooms and an
on-site FedEx/Kinkos office.
NJ, Atlantic City
Hotel: The Water Club,
A Signature Hotel by Borgata. Opened: June.
Rooms: 800. Meeting space: 18,000
square feet. Key features: a two-story,
36,000-square-foot spa; the Sunroom lobby lounge; five pools, and
in-room dining by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of Manhattan’s Town and
NY, New York City
Hotel: Empire Hotel.
Renovations completed: June. Price
tag: $47 million. Rooms: 413.
Meeting space: 2,100 square feet. Key
changes: a new lobby bar, a guest room redesign (including
new LCD flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and wireless
Internet access) and a new pool deck (with cabanas) for parties of
up to 150.
Hotel: Holiday Inn
Arlington - Northeast. Opened: July.
Rooms: 147. Meeting space: 2,400
square feet. Key features: the Sporting News
Grill, a media room with a 62-inch LCD TV, a fitness center,
complimentary shuttle service to Dallas-Fort Worth International
Airport, and microwaves and mini refrigerators in all guest
Hotel: Stowe Mountain
Lodge. Opened: June. Rooms: 139.
Meeting space: 21,100 square feet. Key
features: a 21,000-square-foot spa; an 18-hole, Bob
Cupp-designed golf course; the 110-seat Solstice restaurant; a
pool, and two bars.