The 219-room Hilton Sedona (Ariz.)
Resort and Spa has added four 600-square-foot executive meeting
rooms. The state-of-the-art spaces are soundproofed and offer
ergonomic chairs, flat-panel screens and audioconferencing phones.
The property now has 20,500 square feet of meeting space, three
pools, two restaurants and a 20,000-square-foot spa.
Work will begin in the fall on a $10
million renovation at the 508-room Westin La Cantera Resort in San
Antonio, Texas. The refurbished guest rooms, guest corridors and
public spaces on the resort banquet level will be unveiled in
spring 2009. The property features 44,000 square feet of meeting
space and two top-notch golf courses.
On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the
1,087-room IP Casino Resort Spa opened its new, 26,000-square-foot,
land-based gaming expansion. The facility has 600 slot machines, 10
table games and a new video poker bar called The Cove. Also new is
the pan-Asian restaurant Tien. The property's meeting space
consists of an 18,000-square-foot ballroom.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group is
ramping up expansion nationwide. The chain, which recently closed
on a $246 million acquisition fund, said it plans to add $800
million worth of hotels in key markets by 2011. Part of that goal
includes the $92.5 million Kimpton is spending on the 234-room
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, on which ground was broken in February.
That property will feature 6,000 square feet of meeting space. A
2007 internal survey of Kimpton's customers revealed that 51
percent were corporate business travelers, and half of those were
staying under corporate negotiated rates.
Plans for a hotel at the Kentucky Horse
Park in Lexington, Ky., have been canceled, leaving the 2010
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games without an anchor hotel at the
park. A spokesperson for the facility said the developers could not
secure financing in time to meet a deadline set by the Kentucky
Finance and Administration Cabinet. "This was done to avoid the
risk of an unfinished hotel or unsightly construction remnants
present during the World Equestrian Games," the spokesperson said
in a statement. Two groups representing the developers, The
Bluegrass Equine and Tourism Foundation and KHPWESLUX Inc., have in
turn sued the cabinet, complaining no deadline was set in the
contract. Officials at the park have indicated they will continue
to work with the state to develop a new hotel.
The 334-room Ocean Edge Resort &
Club in Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod, is adding a 5,000-square-foot
ballroom to its existing 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The
resort reopened its golf course earlier this month following a
revamp by Nicklaus Design, and the new Linx Pavilion, a
2,500-square-foot event venue along the 18th hole, debuted at the
same time; both were part of an $18.5 million renovation.
Construction began in January on the new ballroom, which will open