by Tom Isler | September 01, 2005

AZ, Scottsdale
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch unveiled the $9 million, 21,000-square-foot Spa Avania in July. The 490-room hotel has 35,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 14,000-square-foot ballroom.

CA, Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado, immortalized in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot, recently finished a $10 million renovation of guest rooms in three of its buildings. The 381-room hotel has 44 meeting rooms, including a 12,500-square-foot ballroom and a 10,900-square-foot hall.

CA, Long Beach
The 374-room Renaissance Long Beach Hotel completed a $5.4 million guest-room renovation in July. The property has 10 meeting rooms, including a 7,400-square-foot ballroom, and plans to renovate its meeting space beginning in early 2006.

Shores Resort & Spa


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The Shores Resort and Spa, formerly the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, wrapped up a $33 million transformation in August. The 212-room property, owned and operated by Noble House Hotels and Resorts, has seven indoor meeting rooms, an oceanside terrace and a 6,900-square-foot ballroom. The property also unveiled a spa and a new restaurant. (386) 767-7350; www.shoresresort.com 


FL, Miami

The former Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel and Convention Center has been redubbed the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel following an $8 million renovation. The property has 334 guest rooms and nearly 25,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hawaii, Honolulu
The 1,230-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa wraps up a $16 million guest-room renovation this month. The property offers 10,000 square feet of exhibit space and five meeting rooms.

LA, New Orleans
The 331-room New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center, opened in July across from the Morial Convention Center, has 13 meeting rooms totaling 24,000 square feet.

MO, O’Fallon
Staybridge Suites O’FallonSt. Louis, a 97-room all-suite hotel with 1,000 square feet of meeting space, opened in June. All suites have ergonomic work stations, high-speed Internet access and kitchens.

NY, Lake Placid
The former Holiday Inn Lake Placid was revamped and reopened in July as the 200-room Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Resort, with 1,800 square feet of exhibit space and seven meeting rooms.

VA, South Boston
The former Marriott Inn and Conference Center Berry Hill has been reflagged as the Berry Hill Plantation Resort under the new management of Benchmark Hospitality International. The 750-acre property has 92 guest rooms and 12 meeting and event rooms, as well as an upscale restaurant and the Blackberry Spa. The resort plans to add 100 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of additional meeting space and a golf course over the next three years.