The 250-rooom Grand Cascades Lodge has
opened in Vernon, N.J., part of the Crystal Springs Resort complex.
A Biosphere indoor pool is scheduled to debut in the fall,
featuring a translucent retractable roof. The 14-treatment-room
Reflections Spa also will open in the fall. The property offers
more than 31,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests have access
to amenities at the lodge's sister property, the 175-room Minerals
Hotel & Spa, and at the area's six golf courses.
The former Del Lago on Lake Conroe, a
resort near Houston, has been renamed the LaCara Resort & Spa.
Built on 175 acres, the currently closed property is undergoing
extensive renovations and will reopen next summer with 445 suites,
75,000 square feet of meeting space and a 30,000-square-foot spa
and fitness facility. The resort will offer a 3.5-acre pool
complex, a redesigned golf course and more.
About $20 million is being spent to
perk up the lobby and guest rooms of the Hyatt Regency Miami;
renovations should be complete early next year. The 612-room
property offers more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space.
Rocco Forte Hotels has been rebranded
as the Rocco Forte Collection. The nine-property hotel group has a
new website, www.roccofortecollection.com; the site has a dedicated
The 109-room Capella Castlemartyr
opened Monday in Cork, Ireland. The property, a 17th-century manor
house set on 220 acres that include the ruins of a 1,000-year-old
castle, has four meeting rooms, a spa with 10 treatment rooms, an
18-hole links-style golf course and two resident Irish setters,
Earl and Countess.
A new 207-room hotel, to be known as
the Westin Hotel Research Triangle Park, is coming to Durham,
N.C.Õs Imperial Center Business Park. The hotel will be built in
tandem with a new headquarters for Quintiles Transnational Corp., a
contract research firm for the pharmaceutical and health-care
industries. The property, to open in 2009, will have a spa, a
fitness center and a restaurant; the meeting space has yet to be
Two boutique hotels in the Pacific
Northwest, Seattle's 125-room Hotel Vintage Park and Portland,
Ore.'s 107-room Hotel Vintage Plaza, have been sold. The two
properties have been and will continue to be managed by Kimpton
Hotels & Restaurants of San Francisco.