February 13, 2008

The Naples (Fla.) Beach Hotel & Golf Club has completed renovations on its 318 guest rooms and lobby. The rest of the property was upgraded in 2006 following a six-year, $40 million renovation. The hotel offers 34,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Rocco Forte Collection will manage a 282-room hotel in Abu Dhabi, which will open in 2010. The property will have nine meeting rooms.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the 286-room Doral Tesoro Hotel & Golf Club in North Fort Worth, Texas, has been sold to HEI Hotels & Resorts. The property is being renamed the Dallas-Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Alliance Park. A $7 million renovation, to be completed in March 2009, will encompass the guest rooms and many public spaces, as well as add a new fitness center and concierge lounge. The hotel offers a Greg Norman golf course and more than 28,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 200-room Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, part of the new Lumiere Place casino, officially opened last week with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The downtown hotel also has a 12,000-square-foot spa and an 80-seat Italian restaurant.

A $6 million upgrade of the restaurant, guest rooms and exterior has begun at the 145-room Waterfront Plaza Hotel in Oakland, Calif. The restaurant, which will be led by celebrity chef Joey Altman, has been closed for the renovation period. Completion of the project is expected by mid-year, at which time the hotel might be renamed.

Empire Resorts, a Monticello, N.Y.-based gaming and resort management company, will relocate its planned Monticello Gaming and Raceway development to a 160-acre site occupied by the former Concord Hotel, 2.5 miles from the original location in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. The project's centerpiece will be a $700 million "entertainment city," which some reports say will include a 1,500-room luxury hotel, a 100,000-square-foot gaming area in the hotel, a 200,000-square-foot convention center, retail stores and restaurants. Also part of the project is a brand new harness-racing track to replace the older facility, upgrades to two 18-hole championship golf courses and the addition of a new clubhouse. Construction is expected to begin later this year, with an opening scheduled for 2010.

Grupo Posadas officially opened Aqua Cancun last week. Formerly the Fiesta Americana, the hotel has been rebuilt after being demolished by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The 371-room luxury property, which launches the new Aqua brand, includes three gourmet restaurants, a spa and fitness center, eight swimming pools, two lounge bars and 17 meeting rooms for a total of 16,500 square feet of meeting space.

The 213-room Crowne Plaza Corobici San Jose Costa Rica is open for business. Formerly affiliated with Sol Melia, this first Crowne Plaza in the Central American nation has been completely renovated and now features new beds and bedding in all guest rooms, redesigned common areas and 10 meeting rooms that accommodate up to 1,000 people. Property features include high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms, a spa and fitness center, two restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool and a casino.
Le Meridien will open its first hotel in Panama in 2009. The property will be in Panama City and will be run by Bern Hotels & Resorts Panama.
The 112-room Gold Spike Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has been acquired for $21 million. The new owners will thoroughly refurbish the property, providing new signage and renovating the facade, guest rooms, casino, restaurants and lounges.