Scotland will get its first Doubletree
by Hilton property, to open in 2010. Hilton Hotels Corp. will
manage the historic Dunblane Hydro Hotel, which will undergo a
major renovation before being reflagged. The 206-room hotel,
located in Perthshire, has eight meeting rooms.
The eighth floor of the 411-room Aruba
Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino will be converted to the
59-room Tradewinds Club, a boutique "hotel within a hotel," as part
of an ongoing $40 million renovation. The new club will offer an
"intimate level of service," according to general manager Rick
Zeolla. The Tradewinds Club will open in September; the rest of the
property's renovations will finish up at the same time. The resort
offers 11,000 square feet of meeting space, seven restaurants and
cafes, the 6,500-square-foot Mandara Spa, a gym and the island's
Hilton International is ending its management agreement with the
200-room Hilton Tobago Golf & Spa Resort, citing the need for
extensive renovations and repairs to the 10-year-old Caribbean
property. The Hilton name will be removed from the resort on May
15, after which the owner, Vanguard Hotels Ltd., will take over
under a to-be-determined brand.
Following a multimillion-dollar
renovation, the former George Washington Hotel in downtown
Winchester, Va., is now the George Washington-Wyndham Historic
Property. The 90-room hotelÕs Dancing Goat restaurant features an
exhibition kitchen that allows guests to watch their meals being
prepared. The property has 6,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 195-room Westin National Harbor opened outside Washington,
D.C., near the new Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
On the banks of the Potomac River, the hotel is part of the
300-acre National Harbor development and features a full-service
restaurant, a gym and 1,800 square feet of meeting space.
The 191-room Westin Reston Heights
opened this week in Reston Heights, Va. The property features 1,150
square feet of meeting space, a gym and the Vinifera Wine Bar &
Bistro, which stocks 200 local, domestic and international
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
has appointed ex-Nike executive Phil McAveety as chief brand
officer. In his role, McAveety will oversee all aspects of
marketing and brand performance for the company's nine brands.
Guest room and meeting space
renovations are complete at the 229-room Dearborn Inn, A Marriott
Hotel, between downtown Detroit and the Detroit Metropolitan
Airport. The upgrades cost approximately $5.5 million; work on the
concierge wing of the inn will continue through June. The property
has 17,000 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms
and six meeting rooms.
The 127-room Mansion on Peachtree, a Rosewood Hotel, opened May 1
in Buckhead, Ga., near Atlanta. The property includes nearly 5,000
square feet of meeting space, the 15,000-square-foot 29 Spa and two
At the 279-room Doubletree Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.), ground will
be broken next Tuesday on a 10,000-square-foot, LEED-certified
meeting center to be completed in December. The new facility is
phase three of the property's hotelwide renovation; previous
upgrade work encompassed the guest rooms, the restaurant and public
space. The meeting facility as well as the renovated guest rooms
feature allergy-friendly bedding and carpets, and air-purification
Drury Hotels will build a 196-room
Drury Plaza in the Stone Creek area of San Antonio. The property,
which will offer 5,200 square feet of meeting space, will be built
next to the existing Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio North.
The 261-suite Embassy Suites Hotel
Secaucus-Meadowlands has completed a year's worth of hard and soft
renovations. All guest rooms have been outfitted with new bedding
and televisions, and the hotel has added a new fitness room. The
atrium, pool area and meeting rooms all have been renovated, and
high-speed Internet access is now available. The property, which
has about 2,000 square feet of meeting space, is seven miles from
New Jersey Teterboro Airport and 12 miles from Newark Liberty
Construction has begun on Quivira, a luxury development in Los
Cabos, Mexico, which will feature a 200-room Ritz-Carlton hotel,
200 Ritz-Carlton residences and two 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature
golf courses. These facilities will join the already existing
154-room Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat and Spa.
Groundbreaking on the Ritz-Carlton Los Cabos, Quivira, is slated
for later this year, with a projected 2011 opening. Planned
amenities include an 18,000-square-foot spa, a 6,000-square-foot
ballroom, a 2,400-square-foot junior ballroom, and additional
meeting rooms, retail space and a signature restaurant.
Construction on the first golf course has begun and should be
completed by summer 2009. Work on the second course is slated to
begin late this year, with a late 2009 opening date.