Last Thursday, following a
multimillion-dollar renovation, the 148-room Courtyard by Marriott
Gulfport opened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The hotel had been
the independent Gulfport Beachfront Hotel and was scheduled to
begin renovations on the day Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. All
guest rooms at the property have been redone, and each now has a
flat-screen TV, an iPod-compatible clock radio and free wireless
Internet access. The property offers an Olympic-size outdoor pool
and 6,000 square feet of event space, including the
4,048-square-foot Coastal Ballroom.
The construction of a ballroom
expansion is under way at the 500-room Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Resort & Spa in Phoenix. When completed in June 2009, the
property will have an additional 35,330 square feet of function
space in the form of a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, two smaller
meeting rooms and an 8,884-square-foot foyer suitable for use as
prefunction space. The property currently offers about 50,000
square feet of meeting space, plus two golf courses, the Koli
Equestrian Center and the 17,500-square-foot Aji Spa.
InterContinental Hotels Group is
developing two hotels in one building in Irving, Texas. Both the
150-room Crowne Plaza and the 85-room Hotel Indigo will open in
2010. The Crowne Plaza's 8,000-square-feet of meeting space will
feature natural light; multizone, controllable lighting; ergonomic
chairs, and wireless Internet access.
RockResorts will no longer be operating
the Chateau at Heavenly Village project, a 477-room condo hotel
being built in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The company cited the
recent financing issues experienced by third-party developer Lake
Tahoe Development Co. as the reason for its decision. The project
broke ground last June and originally was expected to finish in
late 2009, but according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune,
construction stalled over the winter when financing fell
The 156-room Chaminade Resort & Spa
in Santa Cruz, Calif., has completed a $15 million renovation of
its public spaces, restaurant, lounge, guest rooms, and 12,000
square feet of meeting and event space.
The 208-room InterContinental The
Clement Monterey has opened in Monterey, Calif., in the bayfront
community of Cannery Row. The property offers 15,000 square feet of
indoor and outdoor event space, the C Restaurant + Bar, a
full-service spa and a VIP Kids Club.
Ground was broken on the 215-room Aloft
Aventura (Fla.) last week. The property, between Fort Lauderdale
and Miami, will open in 2009 with 5,000 square feet of meeting
space, a fitness center and a pool.