The $100 million, 48-room Nikki Beach
Resort, which includes a Nikki Beach Club, a VIP Ultra Lounge and a
large-yacht marina, will have its grand opening in Providenciales,
in the Turks and Caicos Islands, on April 5. A second phase of
construction, set to open in 2010, will add an undetermined amount
of meeting space, a separate 110-room resort, a casino and a
The 260-room Courtyard by Marriott Los
Angeles Westside in Culver City, Calif., three miles from Los
Angeles International Airport, reopened today following a $35
million renovation. The property, formerly the Los Angeles
International Airport Plaza Hotel, has been closed since October
2006 and now offers a business library equipped with private
workstations, a 24-hour convenience store, the Courtyard Cafe
restaurant, a heated outdoor pool, a patio bar, a fitness area and
10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 334-room Gansevoort South in Miami
opened last week. However, the property's STK steak house and
42,000 square-foot David Barton Gym & Spa will not open until
the summer or fall, according to the Miami Herald. A spokesperson
for the hotel was unavailable when contacted for confirmation. The
hotel features a 22,000 square-foot rooftop pool, bar and
A 270-room Residence Inn and a 253-room
SpringHill Suites opened last week in Chicago in a single, 27-story
hotel tower near Michigan Avenue, one block north of the Chicago
River. Each hotel has a separate entrance. Known as the Residence
Inn and SpringHill Suites Downtown River North, the double property
does not have meeting space.
The 295-room Kansas City Marriott
Country Club Plaza was acquired last week by Noble Investment
Group, which will begin an $8.8 million renovation later this year.
Four miles south of downtown Kansas City, Mo., the hotel has 16,000
square feet of meeting space, including a 42-seat amphitheater.
The 131-room Morgans Hotel in New York
City will close temporarily on May 18 to undergo a $9 million
renovation, according to Morgans Hotel Group. It will reopen in
September. Changes include lobby, guest room and penthouse
refurbishments, plus the addition of a business center. The hotel
restaurant, Asia de Cuba, will remain operational during the
project. Guests who have confirmed reservations at Morgans while
the hotel is closed may stay at the company's other New York City
properties, the 168-room Royalton and the 816-room Hudson.
The 190-room Europe Hotel & Resort,
Killarney, Ireland, has reopened following a $120 million
renovation. The project included refurbishment of all public areas
and nine meeting rooms. A 50,000-square-foot ESPA spa with 17
treatment rooms will be completed in June.
Italy's 370-room Rome Cavalieri Hilton has joined Hilton Hotels
Corp.'s Warldorf=Astoria Collection, its luxury brand. In light of
the move, the property will be rebranded as Rome Cavalieri, The
Warldorf=Astoria Collection. It is the first of Hilton's European
hotels to join the group and the sixth overall.
Singapore's government-owned real
estate investment company has created a US$600 million joint
venture with Host Hotels & Resorts that will seek hospitality
investment opportunities throughout Asia and Australia. "We believe
that the joint venture is well positioned to build up a substantial
portfolio of hospitality-related assets in Asia," said Dr. Seek
Ngee Huat, president of the Government of Singapore Investment
Corp., in a statement. Host Hotels owns 119 properties with a
combined 64,000 rooms.