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
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.