According to the Dallas Morning
News, a St. Regis property will be built in Dallas' Turtle
Creek neighborhood. The plan is for a condo-hotel design, with 150
guest rooms topped by 70 to 80 condominiums. A representative for
the developer, Foch Investments/Development of Los Angeles, said
ground will be broken by the end of the year and the hotel will
open by the end of 2010. Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the parent
company of the St. Regis brand, would not confirm the report.
The 412-room Boston Marriott Long Wharf
has completed a $16 million renovation that redesigned the hotel's
8,200-square-foot ballroom, created 10 new guest rooms and updated
the rest of the rooms with new furnishings, soft goods,
high-definition televisions and other amenities. In June, wireless
Internet connectivity will be added throughout the hotel. In total,
the hotel has 10,825 square feet of meeting space, including the
ballroom and five conference rooms.
The 200-room Mount Washington Resort in
Bretton Woods, N.H., announced more details of its expansion last
week, including the addition of a 25,000-square-foot spa, due to
open in December. The resort also plans to add new meeting space by
the end of the year, bringing its total to about 30,000 square
feet. Approximately $7 million is being spent to restore and expand
the resort's golf courses. The redesigned Mount Washington Golf
Course will reopen in August and the Mount Pleasant Course will
receive an additional nine holes, to debut in 2011.
All Element hotels, a Starwood Hotels
& Resorts Worldwide extended-stay brand, will be LEED-certified
by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, hotel executives
will demand from hotel employees certain practices designed to
reduce operating costs and the consumption of electricity and
water. The first Element hotel will open in July in Lexington,
Mass., and 20 more will follow by the end of next year. Starwood
executives expect the Element case study to yield environmental
best practices for its other brands to follow. In other Starwood
news, Simon Turner has been named president of global development,
responsible for hotel and resort development, property acquisitions
and dispositions, franchise and management pipeline expansion, and
real estate investment management.
A major renovation project has been completed at the 136-room
Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, Calif. Guest rooms now feature 32-inch
flat-screen TVs, complimentary wired and wireless Internet, and
iPod docking stations. Meeting facilities include 9,000 square feet
of indoor space, a bamboo garden, pool and lounge areas, and a
The 1,907-room Aquarius Casino Resort
in Laughlin, Nev., unveiled 300 remodeled guest rooms last week.
The $20 million renovation brings a more upscale, sophisticated
look to the property, and represents a complete overhaul to the
rooms in question: New furniture, linens, artwork, carpeting,
window coverings and bathroom fixtures have been installed.
Construction begins this month on the 400-room Wyndham Lake
Buena Vista Hotel and Spa at Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The property,
adjacent to Walt Disney World, will include a 7,000-square-foot
Wyndham Blue Harmony spa and fitness center; 20,000 square feet of
meeting space, including an 8,000-square-foot ballroom, and access
to an 18-hole Rees Jones-designed golf course within the 482-acre
Bonnet Creek resort complex. The 498-room Waldorf=Astoria at Bonnet
Creek and the 1,000-room Hilton Bonnet Creek also are being built,
both to open in late 2009.