September 05, 2007

A 232-room W Retreat & Spa - Bali in Indonesia will open in 2009. The Retreat hotel will be the brand's fourth, following the W Retreat & Spa - Maldives, which opened in 2006, and one each in Puerto Rico and Thailand that will open within two years. Eighty of the hotel's guest rooms will be individual villas.

Ground will be broken tomorrow on an Element hotel in Irving, Texas. To open in October 2008, the 123-room property, a Starwood brand, will offer Westin Heavenly beds, kitchens in every guest room and 1,600 square feet of meeting space.

HEI Hotels & Resorts will build a 378-room Marriott Hotel on a one-acre site in Bellevue, Wash. The property, which will have 13,000 square feet of meeting space, will open in 2010.

Ground was broken last Friday on the 140-room Tulip Inn Delft in The Netherlands. Inter IKEA Systems B.V., owner of the worldwide franchise IKEA Concept, will furnish the hotel entirely with IKEA furniture. The property will open in December 2008.