The 312-room Great Cedar Hotel at
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., reopened in full
last Friday, following a small fire on Jan. 29, caused by an
electrical heating device below the roof of the hotel. There were
no injuries, and 22 rooms sustained water damage.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is
deploying Passkey group reservations technology at all of its
properties worldwide. By the end of this month, planners will be
able to use Passkey for meetings and events at any Fairmont hotel.
Using Passkey, attendees can reserve rooms through customized
websites, with the data transferred directly to the hotel's central
reservation system; planners gain real-time access to the hotel
block pick-up and reservations data.
The Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has
announced plans for a $400 million entertainment resort in Oklahoma
City that includes a 400-room hotel with a spa and meeting space,
five restaurants, a casino with 2,000 slot machines, a 2,400-seat
performance hall and a promenade offering various retail and
entertainment venues. The tribe is in the process of purchasing
104-acres in the Northeast area of the city to build the
development and is in talks with potential partners for the resort.
A timeline has not been set for breaking ground or opening.
The Hawk's Cay resort in Duck Key, Fla., reopens on Friday after a
$35 million renovation. All 177 guest rooms were redesigned, as
were the lobby, the veranda and the sun terrace. The resort has
25,000 square feet of waterfront event space that can hold groups
of up to 600, an 85-slip marina, five restaurants and a
7,000-square-foot spa. In the spring, the Alma restaurant and Beach
Grill will open along with 100 villas.
The 171-room Norwalk Marriott Hotel in Norwalk, Calif., 19 miles
east of Los Angeles International Airport, has completed a $4.5
million renovation of its lobby, bar, restaurant and 13,000 square
feet of meeting space, including the 7,000-square-foot ballroom.
The hotel is the brand's third to receive the Great Room overhaul,
a project designed to transform public spaces into areas in which
guests may work, dine and socialize.
A 100-room Baccarat Hotel and Residences, a Starwood Capital Group
property, will be added to the eight-acre, $1.5 billion Streets of
Buckhead redevelopment project in Atlanta. Ben Carter Properties,
the hotel's developer, expects the property to open in 2010. Two
weeks ago, the developers announced they were scrapping plans for
the Hotel Monaco, a 282-room Kimpton property also planned for the
Streets of Buckhead.
Omni Hotels is adding a new F&B
element to its Sensational Meetings program, which creates
customizable environments for three kinds of events: energetic
meetings, challenging meetings and recognition meetings. Omni has
designed a different combination of special lighting, scents and
decor to facilitate the goals of each meeting type. The new menus,
created in conjunction with the Culinary Institute of America,
offer flavors like ginger, horseradish and rosemary for events
designed to energize participants; soothing foods such as sushi,
herb-roasted chicken and aromatic tea for challenging meetings; and
celebratory foods like baked brie en croute with apricot marmalade
for recognition meetings.
The 247-room Fairmont Towers,
Heliopolis, has opened in Cairo, Egypt. The property has a spa,
business center and eight meeting rooms. It is adjacent to the
existing Fairmont Heliopolis, a 588-room hotel, which will undergo
renovation this year.
Hotel des Artistes, a 12-suite boutique condominium hotel in
Punta de Mita, Mexico, has opened its doors. A joint venture with
Puerto Vallarta restaurateur Thierry Blouet, the property features
the beachfront restaurant Cafe des Artistes del Mar, which seats 74
people. In the town's "restaurant row" on the Pacific coastline,
the hotel offers a spa and an athletic club and can host groups of
up to 40 on the rooftop patio lounge and pool. The town of Punta de
Mita lies about 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta's airport, in
the state of Nayarit.