by Morton D. Rosenbaum | September 01, 2004

CA, San Jose
The 193-room Park Plaza  reopened in July as the Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport, following a $12 million-plus renovation. Near San Jose International Airport, the property accommodates 200 in a 2,500-square-foot ballroom and has six additional meeting rooms, all with high-tech amenities such as Bose sound systems and one-touch screens.

CO, Colorado Springs
The 121-year-old Antlers Adam’s Mark Hotel officially became the Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs in late July. A $7.5 million renovation to guest rooms and meeting space will finish in March, and the property, in the city’s downtown district, will remain open in the interim.

CO, Vail
The 292-room Vail Cascade Resort & Spa completed a four-year, $20 million overhaul in July. In addition to refreshed guest rooms, the property offers 58,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as the 78,000-square-foot Aria spa and athletic complex.

The Conrad Miami

Conrad goes citrus. Miami’s Brickell Avenue submitted to the grand invasion of the 36-story, 203-room Conrad Miami in July.  The new property provides 15,000 square feet of meeting space (all on one floor), a 7,000-square-foot spa and health club, and a chic Spanish-Asian restaurant with seating for 80. A rooftop swimming pool rounds out the amenity list. (305) 503-6500;

FL, Tampa
The $45 million, 293-room Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza opened in August. Highlights include 12,500 square feet of meeting space, a 152-seating Mediterranean restaurant and a lavish gourmet olive bar waiting for guests after check-in.

NY, Saratoga Springs
The 146-room Saratoga Springs Courtyard by Marriott opened in July, well in time for racing season. The new $11.5 million property provides 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

PA, Hershey
Renovations wrapped this month on the Monarch function space at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The 15,000-square-foot area has been divided into four separate rooms to accommodate smaller meetings, while the recently added 15,136-square-foot Chocolate Ballroom hosts larger groups.

WA, Bremerton
Just across the Puget Sound from Seattle is the new Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside. Unveiled in August, the newcomer offers a 6,000-square-foot ballroom and three meeting rooms. The property is at the center of a larger waterfront development that also plays host to the recently opened 105-room Hilton Hampton Inn & Suites Waterfront.

Whistler, B.C.
Four Seasons opened the 273-room Four Seasons Resort Whistler in June. Guests can relax in the on-site spa, play in the 8,171 surrounding acres of skiable terrain and meet in the 9,855 square feet of function space.