French hotel group Accor will launch
its new All Seasons budget hotel brand in France and Europe in
January. The firm plans to operate 130 All Seasons hotels in Europe
by 2010; the properties will have no meeting space.
The 371-room Arabella Sheraton Grand
Hotel Frankfurt (Germany) is now the Westin Grand Frankfurt,
following an extensive renovation. The property has 12 meeting
rooms and a wellness center.
The 140-room Villa Massalia has opened
in Marseille, France. The Concorde Hotels & Resort property has
eight meeting rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a spa.
According to local news reports, a $15
million, 149-room Aloft Hotel will be built next to the Buffalo
Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The eight-story
property will feature indoor and outdoor meeting space, though
specific dimensions are not yet determined. The company intends to
break ground next spring and open by summer 2009. A spokesperson
for Aloft Hotels confirmed Buffalo, N.Y., will be the site of the
future hotel but declined to comment on the property's specific
The second phase of a $40 million renovation project has begun at
the 393-room Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel (Calif.). Scheduled for
completion in January, the revamp will include enhancing the
property's 26,224 square feet of indoor meeting space with new
decor. The hotel offers an additional 54,000 square feet of outdoor
event space. Phase one included upgrades to all guest rooms and the
lobby area, as well as the creation of an oceanview restaurant, a
spa and a fitness center.
Last week, investment and development
company Tribeca Associates LLC signed a 99-year ground lease for a
$220 million redevelopment project in the Hudson Square
neighborhood of New York City. Plans include a 171-room boutique
hotel, 15,000 square feet of retail space and 292,000 square feet
of office space. The existing eight-story structure will expand to
include an environmentally sensitive hotel tower, which plans to
seek Silver LEED certification. The hotel, yet to be branded, will
feature a 7,000-square-foot rooftop event space, a rooftop pool, a
sky bar, a signature restaurant, outdoor terraces, a conference
center and a fitness center. Construction will begin in October,
with commercial space slated for construction in January 2009.
The 388-room Radisson Hotel and Suites
in downtown Kansas City, Mo., was acquired by management company
The Hotel Group and reflagged as a Crowne Plaza. The hotel has
13,000 square feet of meeting space, and The Hotel Group plans to
spend more than $12 million on renovations.
The first Loews property in Atlanta,
the 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel, will open in April 2010. The
midtown hotel will offer 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a
restaurant, a bar, a spa and a fitness center. The property will be
part of 12th & Midtown, a mixed-use development featuring
upscale shops, offices and residences.
The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas,
now is a member of Associated Luxury Hotels International. The
189-room property offers more than 18,000 square feet of meeting
The owner of the Texas Rangers baseball
team, Tom Hicks, is planning a $1 billion development called
Glorypark Town Center in Arlington, Texas. To be built between the
Ballpark at Arlington and the new Dallas Cowboys stadium that opens
in 2009, Glorypark will offer 180 stores, a 350-room full-service
hotel, a 150-room limited-service property, office space and
residences. The projected opening of the first phase is spring
Westin Hotels & Resorts has
launched an in-room spa program to bring the comfort and luxury of
a full-service spa to the guest room. Forty minutes prior to the
requested in-room treatment, a spa basket -- complete with a CD
containing relaxation music, a healthy treat and a letter
explaining the requested treatment -- will be delivered to the
guest room. Also, guests will enjoy their in-room treatment on a
custom-designed, portable in-room spa bed, the Heavenly Spa by
Westin Nova. The new program is available at 64 Westin properties
and is being rolled out worldwide.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles Airport opens early next month.
The 170-room property will feature high-speed Internet access in
all guest rooms, as well as the new Hampton bed, a fitness center
and a 24-hour business center.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
and Sony BMG Music Entertainment are partnering on a music and
entertainment marketing initiative. The program, which will be
offered across the Starwood portfolio, will include in-room TV
offerings; customized music entertainment products, such as digital
playlists and compilation CDs; programmed music for public spaces;
entertainment for special events, and exclusive VIP events.
The 250-room Grand Cascades Lodge has
opened at Crystal Springs Resort in Hardyston, N.J. The property,
47 miles from Manhattan, will offer 30,000 square feet of meeting
space, including the 4,300-square-foot Emerald Ballroom, beginning
in October. The resort has seven golf courses, as well as a golf
simulator so that attendees can play a virtual round on Pebble
Beach or St. Andrews.