St. Augustine, Fla., will get a
225-room Westin as part of the San Sebastian Harbor Resort. The
property will include a 10,000- to 20,000-square-foot conference
center as well as a spa, a parking garage, a boardwalk promenade
and a 65-slip marina. The hotel will open in fall 2010.
A propertywide renovation has begun at
the 303-room Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The 150
Tower rooms will be refurbished from top to bottom, and 42-inch
flat-screen TVs will be installed. A new lobby, a coffee market and
agift shop will be built; the restaurant will be repositioned, and
facilities for families, called Fort Barton, will be added. For
meetings, the Barton Creek Room and an adjacent lobby will be
combined into a new, 3,200-square-foot event space. All the work
should be finished by November. The property offers 43,000 square
feet of meeting space and four top-notch golf courses.
Yesterday marked the opening of the
Hotel Terra in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The first of a planned collection
of "green" hotels from the Terra Resort Group, the 72-room property
is seeking LEED certification for its design and operating
practices. The hotel offers a spa, two restaurants, a snow-sport
rental shop and wireless Internet access throughout. In early 2009,
the property will add a 4,000-square-foot ballroom.
The 389-room Park Plaza County Hall in
London will open Friday. The property, in the city's South Bank
section, has six meeting rooms.
The 198-room Westin Birmingham will open in England's second
largest city in early 2010. The property, part of the Snow Hill
mixed-use development, will have a ballroom, four meeting rooms and
a WestinWorkout gym. It will be the first Westin in the United
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is selling three hotels in
Italy to an Italian investment firm. The properties are the
196-room Westin Excelsior and the 191-room Hotel Des Bains, both in
Venice, and the 31-room Hotel Villa Cipriani in Asolo.
The landmark Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, will undergo
a three-year refurbishment and expansion. The property, managed by
Hilton Hotels, will update its 230 guest rooms and add 50 more, for
a total of 280. The project also includes the conversion of the
hotel's fitness center into an upscale spa. The Caledonian has 12
A 22-story, 239-suite Cambria Suites hotel will open in late 2009,
one block from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station in New York
City. This marks the brand's second hotel planned for the city,
following the announcement of a 300-room Cambria Suites Brooklyn
Bridge Hotel, also scheduled to open in late 2009. Guest room
amenities at both properties will include flat-screen TVs and
complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access. A
casual dining area, a coffee bar, a fitness center, a 24-hour
convenience store and approximately 1,000 square feet of meeting
space also will be available at each property.
The new, 96-suite Aura Cozumel, a
Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel, opened this week on the island of Cozumel,
off the coast of Mexico's Riviera Maya. The $22 million boutique
hotel is adjacent to the 402-room Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa
and is the first newly constructed Grand Bay property. Each of
Aura's four low-rise buildings offers direct access to a small pool
that connects with a larger, central pool. On the premises are two
gourmet restaurants, three bars, two meeting rooms, a business
center, two dive shops and a private pier.
The former Doubletree Club Northeast hotel in Philadelphia will
begin doing business as The Four Points by Sheraton as of tomorrow.
The 190-room property just went through a $10 million makeover,
which included upgrading the guest rooms with 32-inch plasma TVs,
Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, and new beds and pillows. The
hotel has 5,575 square feet of meeting space, a new restaurant and
a pub. An indoor pool is slated to open in April.