May 07, 2008

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 largest casino.

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 wines.

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 restaurants.
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 systems.

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 International.
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.