The 124-room Regent Bal Harbour in Bal
Harbour Village, Fla., opened Monday. The 18-story, beachfront
hotel offers a 10,000-square-foot Guerlain Spa with 15 treatment
rooms, the 1 Bleu restaurant and 3,700 square feet of meeting
space. The property also offers a fitness center, a pool and a
3,500-square-foot presidential suite with a private theater and
Trying to give meeting planners more
online control of their events, Hilton Hotels Corp. has launched
Personalized Group Web Pages, a complimentary service allowing
planners to customize a web page for meetings that include sleeping
rooms at any of 2,400 of Hilton's North American hotels, including
Embassy Suites, Conrad, Doubletree and Waldorf=Astoria. Once the
event is booked, planners simply visit www.hiltonfamily.com/GroupPages and inform a Hilton
representative there of what they would like featured on their
group web page, which can include two photos, maps, itineraries,
schedules and a link to book a room in the event's room block.
Officials at the rising Mandarin
Oriental, Boston, scheduled to open this July, are unsure whether a
small fire in the building on Monday will affect the construction
schedule. The blaze in the fitness area affected no hotel rooms or
residential units in the building, according to a statement issued
by the hotel, and no one was injured. Construction crews already
are back working on the property, which will have approximately 150
guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 803-room Westin Copley Place Boston
has completed a $13 million renovation of its function space. In
the heart of the city's Back Bay neighborhood, the hotel offers
52,000 square feet of meeting space.
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut
announced last week a partnership with NXTevent, a full-service
meeting and destination management company, to provide event
support at the resort. The 825-room MGM Grand at Foxwoods, with
115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat theater and a
21,000-square-foot spa, will open in May.
The 622-room Indianapolis Marriott
Downtown has completed a $9.5 million renovation of its 40,000
square feet of meeting space and nearly 120 guest rooms. The hotel
is connected to the Indiana Convention Center.
Warwick International Hotels will
manage a golf and spa resort in French Polynesia for Gregori
International. The Warwick Moorea Golf and Spa Resort will have 154
rooms and villas and is expected to open in 2010. The resort's Jack
Nicklaus Design golf course, the only 18-hole course on Moorea,
already is open. Warwick runs three other resorts in the South
Pacific, in Fiji and Vanuatu, and two more are under construction
in Somoa and Tonga.
The 133-room Hilton Lake Placid, in New York's Adirondack
Mountain region, will become the High Peaks Resort this summer,
following a major redesign and rebranding. Notable changes to the
property include two new restaurants, a redesigned lobby, an
expanded fitness center, upgraded guest rooms, a new spa, a 24-hour
complimentary business center and 10,000 square feet of revamped
France's 318-room Le Meridien Nice is undergoing a $13 million
renovation of its public spaces and 184 of its guest rooms, to be
completed in May. The hotel has 10 meeting rooms.