The 45 luxury villas at the Hilton
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Resort & Villas have reopened. The
two-bedroom, two-bath accommodations, which had been closed for
nine years, recently underwent an $11 million renovation, according
to the East Valley Tribune. Each villa now has three
flat-screen TVs with Bose surround sound, wireless Internet access,
full kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, and washers and dryers. The
property offers another 187 guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of
Due north of Dallas in Frisco, the
first phase of the Sheraton Stonebriar Hotel has opened with 119
rooms, 1,000 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center.
Construction on phase two will begin in the fall, to add another
131 rooms and 26,000 square feet of event space. Also being built
in phase two is a rooftop pool. The Sheraton's neighbor is the
301-room Westin Stonebriar Resort with more than 24,000 square feet
of meeting space.
Ground has been broken on the 221-room
Westin McKinney (Texas) and the 43,000-square-foot McKinney
Convention Center, north of Dallas. The Westin will be the town's
first full-service hotel and will offer a 6,000-square-foot
Heavenly Spa by Westin and indoor and outdoor pools. The facilities
will open in fall 2009.
Sarasota, Fla., will get a 225-room
Waldorf=Astoria in 2010. The 18-story hotel will have 38,000 square
feet of meeting space, a rooftop pool and a 12,000-square-foot spa.
An 800-seat Nederlander performance hall, to be built by
Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, will be accessible via bridge.
The hotel is part of The Proscenium, a mixed-use retail, dining and
entertainment development in downtown. Construction will begin
later this year.
The first phase of renovations has been
completed at the 1,100-room International Plaza Resort & Spa in
Orlando. Improvements include new landscaping, 120 remodeled guest
rooms and enhancements to three pools. Future renovations include
new business services added to the 60,000 square feet of meeting
space, a new full-service spa and all remodeled guest rooms.
The 1,406-room Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., received
Florida's Green Lodging certification last week. The resort's new
Eco-Logical program that includes installing electronic signage for
meetings, sourcing food from local and organic farms for its
restaurants and banquets, installing LED lighting and adding
soon-to-launch green meetings packages.
Developers in Lexington, Ky., will
build a $250 million, 40-story downtown tower that will include a
four-star, 243-room hotel; condos; retail space, and a 10,000
square-foot restaurant on the top floor. The project, called
CentrePointe, also will feature a theater and a 15,000-square-foot
spa. Opening is set for 2010.
The 244-room Radisson Hotel Nairobi will open in Kenya's capital in
early 2010. The property -- in Upper Hill, the city's new financial
and business district -- will have a restaurant, a bar, a coffee
shop, 10 meeting rooms, a ballroom and a fitness center.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts will build
the 400-room Wyndham St. Croix Golf Resort and Casino in the U.S.
Virgin Islands. The luxury resort, Wyndham's first on St. Croix,
will be the centerpiece of a 294-acre, $250 million development
that will include a 25,000-square-foot casino, an 18-hole golf
course, a 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, four
restaurants and a 43,000-square-foot conference center. The resort
is set to break ground this spring, with scheduled completion
sometime in 2010.
Shea Properties will build three hotels
in Legacy Park, an 820-acre mixed-use community in Tustin, Calif.,
south of Los Angeles. One of the properties will be a Kimpton hotel
with 180 rooms, an upscale restaurant, a rooftop patio and bar, and
conference facilities (dimensions are to be decided). The other
hotels, which are yet to be branded, will offer 160 rooms and 140
suites, respectively. Also part of the development are 2,105
residential units and 6.7 million square feet of office space,
retail shops and restaurants, as well as 170 acres of parks and
open space. Construction is expected to begin later this year. An
opening date has not been set.
The official grand opening of the new
960-room Waterfront Tower at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City will be
celebrated tomorrow. Although only the first 12 floors of the
44-story addition currently are open, Thursday's ribbon-cutting
ceremony featuring New Jersey governor Jon Corzine will mark the
tower's public unveiling. Now the tallest building in Atlantic
City, Waterfront Tower is due to be finished in July, at which
point Harrah's will offer a total of 2,590 guest rooms.