by Bryan Darrow | September 01, 2006


New Center a Go

Last month the Albany Convention Center Authority voted unanimously to construct a $200 million convention facility on a 30-acre site downtown. The 225,000-square-foot Albany Convention Center, first proposed in 2004, should break ground in spring 2008. It will be supported by a 400-room hotel; a brand has yet to be named.

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CA, Napa

The Meritage Resort and Vino Bello Resort, two adjacent luxury hotels, officially opened this past July on eight acres of a private vineyard. Together, the resorts feature 274 guest rooms and villa suites, a grand ballroom and more than 10,500 square feet of meeting space. A wine cave and an underground spa will open early next year.

CA, San Diego

The $75 million Ivy Hotel will open this fall. Next to the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, the luxury resort will feature 159 rooms, including 14 deluxe suites. Additional features include a 225-seat restaurant, a rooftop pool and sundeck, a four-level nightclub, a 24-hour fitness center, and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space.

GA, Atlanta

The Renaissance Waverly Hotel, attached to the Cobb Galleria Centre, is undergoing a $7.5 million renovation set for completion in the next few months. The Waverly already has finished revamping its function rooms. In all, the hotel has more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space.

IN, Indianapolis

The former Hampton Inn near Indianapolis International Airport was converted into the Ramada Airport Indianapolis this July and is finishing a $250,000 renovation. All 131 guest rooms will be upgraded with new mattresses and bedding, and a convenience mart will be added. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service, high-speed Internet access and a business center.

MD, Annapolis

The Radisson Annapolis is undergoing a $6 million renovation and will reopen next month as the Doubletree Hotel Annapolis. The revamped property will feature a new seafood restaurant, a renovated lobby, newly furnished rooms and an upgrade to its 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

NY, Jamaica

The Doubletree Hotel JFK Airport, formerly a Radisson, opened in July following a $10 million revamp. All 386 rooms and suites were given high-speed wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, new furniture and upgraded bathrooms. The hotel also added a 24-hour business center and renovated all 5,000 square feet of meeting and public space.

OH, Cleveland

A $4 million revamp has been completed at the Embassy Suites Cleveland-Beachwood. Work included a makeover of all 216 suites and public areas. A new private boardroom and a business center were added to the lobby, giving the property nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

TN, Memphis

The Peabody Memphis has completed a multimillion-dollar restoration. All 464 guest rooms and suites received upgrades. Also new: a steak house, an athletic club and a business center. The hotel has more than 80,000 square feet of function space.

TX, Dallas

The 538-room Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum by the Galleria completed a renovation last month. Guest rooms received new beds, furnishings and bathroom floors. The hotel also features a restaurant, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.