April 23, 2008

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 restaurant.

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.