Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced plans to open three new
hotels in Peru over the next three years, in a franchise agreement
with Immobiliaria Inversiones de Turismo S.A. Properties include
the first Westin in South America, the 311-room Westin Libertador
Lima Hotel in the country's capital. Slated to open in 2010, the
property will offer 30,000 square feet of meeting space, a lobby
bar and two restaurants. Starwood also will open two hotels as part
of its new Luxury Collection: the 192-room Palacio del Inca
Libertador Luxury Collection Hotel, in Cusco, and the 128-room
Valle Sagrado Libertador Luxury Collection Hotel, in Urubamba. The
Palacio del Inca, which will feature a spa and more than 1,900
square feet of meeting space, is scheduled to open in 2009. The
Valle Sagrado, in a small town one hour outside of Cusco, will
offer 4,200 square feet of meeting space and will open in 2010.
American Express and Clear, provider of registered traveler
security express lanes at a dozen U.S. airports, announced a
partnership yesterday that will give American Express corporate
cardmembers preferred pricing on Clear's annual membership. Rather
than the standard $99.95 for 12 months, Amex clients will receive
14 months for the same price, representing a 17 percent discount.
Also, under the agreement, Clear will provide on-site enrollment to
American Express clients where 50 or more employees are registering
for the program.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has finalized a deal to
build a W hotel 18 miles west of Tokyo in Yokohama, Japan -- the
first W in the country. The property, which will open in 2010 in
Yokohama's modern Shinko, or New Port, district, will have 245
guest rooms, two restaurants, a spa, the W Living Room Bar and
10,000 square feet of meeting space.
After a decade of waiting, county officials selected Hilton last
week to build a convention center hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The plan is up for final approval by the county commission this
week. Hilton would build a 1,000-room hotel to serve the Broward
County Convention Center. The 27-story property will cost about
$398.2 million and will feature an infinity pool and a
12,000-square-foot spa. It will open at the end of 2011.
The Palm Beach County Convention Center will get a 400-room
Westin hotel and a parking garage for more than 2,500 vehicles.
West Palm Beach city commissioners approved the final plan last
week, and groundbreaking is scheduled for next April.
The former Hotel Ponchartrain in Detroit has been reflagged as
the 367-room Sheraton Detroit Riverside, following a $35 million
renovation. Next door to the Cobo Center, the hotel offers more
than 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 200-room Pierre New York, operated by Taj Hotels Resorts and
Palaces, will close its guest rooms on Jan. 1 to begin the second
phase of renovations. All guest rooms, corridors, public spaces,
the hotel bar and Cafe Pierre will be upgraded, at an estimated
cost of $100 million. January 2007 saw completion of the first
phase, which included a revamp to the Grand Ballroom, the Cotillion
Room and foyer. All banquet facilities, which total more than
18,000 square feet of space, will remain open during the
renovation. The property will begin taking reservations for the
newly renovated rooms in late 2008, and the hotel will reopen in
The 575-room Hyatt Regency Monterey (Calif.) is wrapping up a
guest room revamp, the second stage of a $45 million, three-phase
renovation. April of this year saw completion of phase one, which
upgraded the hotel's TusCA Ristorante, the Fireplace Lounge and the
lobby area. The final phase will add an 8,000-square-foot spa and
health club, to be completed by the end of 2008. The property
offers 40,000 square feet of meeting space and the 18-hole Del
Morte Golf Course. Guest room amenities now include 32-inch
flat-screen TVs, iPod-docking stations and Hyatt signature
pillow-top Grand Beds.
The Gansevoort Hotel Group plans to open its second property in
Manhattan, the 225-room Gansevoort Park, at Park Avenue and 29th
Street, by spring 2009. The 19-story building will feature 8,000
square feet of public space, including bars, decks and a pool, on
its top three floors. A 3,500-square-foot catering space, a private
outdoor deck and a 2,000-square-foot spa will be available for
guest use only. A 10,000-square-foot steak house will operate at
the hotel ground level. A groundbreaking date has not been set.
London's famous St. Pancras train station reopened yesterday in
a ceremony presided over by Queen Elizabeth II. Beginning next
week, the refurbished Victorian terminal will serve as the city's
Eurostar high-speed train station, with service to Paris and
Brussels. Eurostar formerly ran from London's Waterloo Station.