February 20, 2008

A $4.5 million renovation has been completed at the 350-room Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown. Refurbished during the project were the guest rooms and corridors, the fitness center, the entrance and the 18,000 square feet of meeting space.

A new spa has opened at the 242-room Sheraton Denver West. The 10,000-square-foot Aura Spa and Wellness Center offers five treatment rooms. The property's 18,000 square feet of meeting space are approved by the International Association of Conference Centers.

The Dallas City Council has voted to spend $500,000 of non-hotel tax revenues and non-hotel membership funds from the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau to buy a purchase option on land for a convention center hotel. The actual 8.34-acre tract would cost about $40 million; when the deal closes, the $500,000 will be repaid to the CVB. According to the Dallas Morning News, six firms have shown an interest in building a headquarters hotel for the Dallas Convention Center, including Faulkner USA, the construction firm behind two other Texas meeting hotels, the Hilton Austin and the soon-to-open Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Corinthia Hotels International will manage the 173-room Ramada Plaza Liverpool, to open in England in 2010. The property, which will have four meeting rooms, is adjacent to the city's new Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool.

The opening of the new Oasis Aquatic Playground completes a $25 million renovation at the Regal Sun Resort in Orlando, Fla. Work on the 626 guest rooms, the main lobby, all 19,000 square feet of meeting space, the restaurants and the lounges was finished at the end of last year.

A 215-room Aloft hotel will be built in Aventura, Fla., to open later this year. The property will offer 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., has debuted a new name, a new lobby and a new restaurant. Now known as the Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort, the 508-room property's lobby was expanded and V. Kelly's Irish Pub was added, for a total of five restaurants.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, developer R.C. Hedreen will build a 51-story, 1,200-room hotel on the site of Seattle's downtown Greyhound bus terminal, which will be demolished. R.C. Hedreen's president told the paper that construction on the property won't begin for about three years, with an opening scheduled about three years after that. He added the hotel will have 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Also according to the paper, ground will be broken in about a year on a 200-room downtown condo-hotel with an equal amount of residential units. The twin-tower project is estimated to cost around $900 million.

Mii Amo will open its first spa in Mexico, a 30-room destination spa in Punta Mita, 45 minutes northwest of Puerto Vallarta. Slated to open in 2010 in a master-planned community within the town, the property will also offer 25 residential condominiums.