Construction has begun on the Cougar
Canyon Golf Resort and Spa in Trinidad, Colo., due south of Denver,
near the New Mexico border. The 117-room luxury resort will
accompany the Cougar Canyon Golf Links, designed by Jack Nicklaus,
and will offer 3,000 square feet of event space and a spa. The
opening is scheduled for spring 2009.
A $4.2 million renovation begins Jan. 2
at the historical Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. All 189 rooms
will be redone, adding more usable workspace, and the 1886 Cafe
& Bakery will be redesigned. All work will finish up by the end
of the summer.
A 229-room W Hotel will open in the
Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis in late 2008. The W
Minneapolis-The Foshay will have 7,000 square feet of meeting
An Element hotel will open in Houston's Vintage Park in spring
2009. The extended-stay spinoff of Westin Hotels & Resorts will
have 123 guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and kitchens
featuring Energy Star rated appliances. Element Houston Vintage
Park will have 800 square feet of meeting space.
Two 136-room Aloft hotels will open in
the Indianapolis metropolitan area in late 2009, each with 700
square feet of meeting space. The Aloft Venu will open downtown,
and the Aloft Metropolis will open near the Indianapolis
International Airport in Plainfield.
The 147-room Embassy Suites Tampa Brandon opened Monday in
Brandon, Fla. The hotel offers 3,000 square feet of meeting space,
a pool, a spa, and fitness and business centers.
A 280-room W Hotel will be built in
Amman, Jordan. The hotel, which will be the fourth W in the Middle
East, is scheduled to open in 2011 with 4,000 square feet of
meeting space, a spa and fitness center called SWEAT, indoor and
outdoor pools, and a restaurant.
The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya,
has been rebranded as the Fairmont The Norfolk, following a
top-to-bottom renovation. The property has 168 guest rooms
and three meeting rooms.
BlueBay Hotels & Resorts, a new brand owned and operated by
Spanish company Hotetur Hoteles, has opened its first two
properties. BlueBay Grand Esmeralda, in Mexico's Riviera Maya, and
BlueBay Villas Doradas, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, are
the first resorts in the luxury, all-inclusive chain planned for
Mexico and the Caribbean. BlueBay Grand Esmeralda renovations
should be complete in January, at which point the hotel will have
984 rooms, a spa, a 6,000-square-foot meeting and convention
facility and a 600-seat auditorium. The 245-room BlueBay Villas
Doradas, next to the 18-hole Playa Dorada Golf Course in Puerto
Plata's Playa Dorada complex, offers a spa, a gym, three swimming
pools and three tennis courts.
Hotel Indigo has expanded into Mexico with the opening of the
50-room Hotel Indigo Merida Hacienda Misne in the state of Yucatan.
A 100-year-old hacienda, the property is a short drive from
downtown M}rida, a colonial city within easy striking distance of
the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza. Each guest room is an individual
villa facing a central courtyard. The boutique property also offers
10 suites. A Hotel Indigo in Mexico City will open in 2009. In
other Indigo news, ground has been broken on a 164-room Hotel
Indigo in Brooklyn, N.Y. Features of the property will include a
Phitness studio, a 24-hour business center, high-speed Internet
access in all guest rooms, a rooftop lounge, an indoor bar lounge
and restaurant, and meeting space. Completion is expected in early
Last week, the 120-suite, 110-unit
condo-hotel, Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth, opened in Mammoth
Lakes, Calif. Amenities include a bar/restaurant, a WestinWORKOUT
fitness facility and 2,000 square feet of meeting space. All guest
rooms include a gas fireplace, a kitchenette, a 32-inch HDTV,
high-speed Internet access and Westin Heavenly Beds.
Work has begun on The Grand, a $3
billion, 3.6 million-square-foot mixed-use development project in
downtown Los Angeles. The project's centerpiece will be a 48-story
tower, which will include a 295-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Additional features are a 19-story residential tower, a
250,000-square-foot retail pavilion and an array of landscaped
garden areas to be housed in a 16-acre civic park. Demolition of
the existing parking garage at Grand Avenue will begin in February,
with the transformation of the existing County Mall into the civic
park to begin next fall.
The 178-room Sheraton Stockton (Calif.) Hotel at Regent Pointe has
opened in Northern California, one hour from both Sacramento and
Oakland International airports. The hotel features a fitness
facility, a 24-hour business center, outdoor pools, the Hippo Bar
and Restaurant, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 444-room Westchester (N.Y.) Marriott Tarrytown is adding a
2,970-square-foot ballroom to its 22,000 square feet of meeting
space. The space will accommodate 180 for banquets and 350 for
theater-style seating. Completion is expected in spring 2008.