The Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in
Victor, Idaho, which debuts Dec. 14, is the newest member of the
Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. The lodge will open in
two phases, starting with its 52 rooms and suites, on-site fishing,
a wine and cafe bar, 2,000 square feet of meeting space, and the
5,000-square foot Teton Springs Lodge Spa. Phase two, to be
completed next year, will feature 55 more rooms and bistro-style
dining at the Headwaters Grille. The first-phase meeting space will
be converted into a retail complex when the Headwaters Club and
Conference Center opens next year with 3,000 square feet of meeting
space. The Headwaters Golf Club already is open, offering a
championship golf course designed by Byron Nelson, Steve Jones and
Gary Stephenson, and a nine-hole executive golf course and practice
The 448-room Hyatt Regency Austin will
close from Dec. 22 through Jan. 3 to begin a $17 million
renovation. The lobby will be demolished to make way for a new
reception area with numerous check-in kiosks, and a new cafe will
be available in the lobby by next summer. The business center will
be moved closer to the conference areas, and a new 24-hour gym will
be added. More than 400 of the rooms already have been remodeled;
the rest will be completed soon. The property offers 23,000 square
feet of meeting space.
Beginning next summer, the boutique
Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Ariz., will close for a $44 million
remodeling that will add 14 rooms, for a total of 49, to be
completed by fall 2009. The notable Lon's restaurant will remain
open during the work. The property offers three meeting rooms and a
wine cellar for intimate dinners.
The first NYLO Hotel opens Dec. 18 in
Plano, Texas, with 176 loft-style rooms, including eight suites.
Forty-five of the rooms are "pure" rooms for people with allergies.
The Dallas-area property offers 1,800 square feet of meeting space
and a 6,000-square-foot courtyard for events.
The Chef's Room formal restaurant at
the 143-room Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas opened
yesterday, joining The Restaurant, which opened in October. Both
venues serve menus created by chef John Tesar. Seating 20, the new
space features Revolta Italian linen, Raynaud china, Riedel
Sommelier Series stemware and Ercuis silverware. The rooms, suites
and public areas will undergo renovations beginning early next
year. The luxury property offers 6,037 square feet of meeting
Opening Dec. 15 is the 200-room Vail
Plaza Hotel & Club in the heart of Colorado's Vail Village. The
property features a 7,000-square-foot conference center and the
Sorrento Spa with five treatment rooms. The slopes are so close by,
skiers can walk to the lifts.
The Hyatt Regency brand will return to
Hong Kong in 2009. The New York Development Co. will open the
384-room Hyatt Regency Hong Kong with 7,000 square feet of meeting
space in a mixed-use development overlooking Victoria Harbor. The
previous Hyatt Regency closed in January 2006.
A 150-room Crowne Plaza will open at
Fort Lauderdale International Airport in mid-2009. The property
will offer a comprehensive meetings package including a two-hour
response guarantee and a meetings director, as well as 6,000 square
feet of meeting space and an outdoor sundeck available for events.
Other amenities will include wireless Internet access, a pool, and
fitness and business centers.
The 118-room Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa is the first Key
West, Fla., hotel to be inducted into the Florida Green Lodging
Program. The property recently underwent an $11 million renovation,
installing reclaimed wood for decking; implementing recycling
programs; installing low-flow faucets, toilets and showerheads; and
purchasing 5 percent of its energy from "green" sources.
The 151-room Hyatt Place
Orlando/Universal opened last Wednesday. The hotel offers one
meeting room, free wireless Internet access and a free shuttle to
Universal Studios Orlando.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will build a 308-room Aloft
hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Construction on the property, which will be within the Abu Dhabi
National Exhibition Centre, is scheduled to begin next year and be
completed toward the end of 2009.
After decades with no hotel development
on Bermuda, Scout Real Estate Capital, with political support from
the island's premier, Dr. the Honorable Ewart F. Brown, has
launched an initiative to build a 150-room, five-star property
called the Southampton Beach Resort, on the site of the existing
Wyndham, which is being demolished. The hotel, set to open in 2010,
will have a spa, a gym, restaurants, shops and more.
Hyatt will manage a new 500-room hotel
being built next to Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Ground
will be broken on the project in 2008 and the property will open in
2010. The project will include office and retail space, as well as
convention facilities. The Hyatt Regency Toronto Airport is the
final element in the airport's $4.4 billion redevelopment.
The Indian Hotels Co., owner of Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces,
recently sent a 13D filing -- an SEC requirement when a group
acquires more than 5 percent of any class of a company's stock --
to Orient-Express Hotels, advising its executives that the Indian
hotel company now own more than 11 percent of Orient-Express stock.
IHC included an earlier letter to Orient-Express' president and
CEO, Paul White, proposing a business collaboration between the two
hotel companies, an offer Orient rejected several months ago. In a
sternly worded response dated Dec. 10, 2007, White responded by
outlining precisely why Orient-Express still is not interested in
overtures from IHC. In part, White wrote, "We do not believe that
there is a strategic fit between your predominantly domestic Indian
hotel chain and our global portfolio of luxury hotels and unique
travel experiences, and we do not wish to be involved in an attempt
to improve the performance of your non-Indian properties. We
believe that any association of our luxury brands and properties
with your brands and properties would result in a reduction in the
value of our brands and our business and would likely lead to
erosion in the RevPar premiums currently achieved by our
Capella Hotels and Resorts, the new
luxury brand led by CEO Horst Schulze, will open the 59-suite
Capella Ixtapa next summer. Together with developers Promotora
Turistica Punta Arrecife, Capella is designing the Mexican Pacific
Coast property as a secluded hideaway, with a private entrance into
a hillside-village setting. On-site amenities will include a
6,000-square-foot indoor spa with various outdoor treatment
facilities, three restaurants and two bars. Each suite will feature
an ocean view, private terrace and plunge pool. Capella Ixtapa, 140
miles northwest of Acapulco, is the third Mexican Capella property
to be announced. Capella Pedregal is slated for a 2008 opening in
Cabo San Lucas, and Capella Bahia Maroma will debut in the Riviera
Maya next winter.
MTR Gaming Group expects its sale of Binion's Gambling Hall &
Hotel in Las Vegas to be approved in February. MTR announced in
June its intention to sell the property to TLC Casino Enterprises,
but approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming
Commission still is needed. MTR intends to concentrate on its core
properties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to the
company. Full-scale casino operations are slated to debut on Dec.
20 at MTR's 359-room Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in
Chester, W.Va. That property offers 27,900 square feet of meeting
Construction has begun on the Riu Palace Pacifico, a 484-suite
hotel slated to open in October 2008 just outside Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico. The all-inclusive beachfront property will be Riu Hotels
& Resorts' third in the Vallarta region and the first Riu
Palace, its most upscale brand.