August 01, 2007

Choice Hotels International has announced plans to build an 11-story, 300-room Cambria Suites Brooklyn Bridge hotel within a few blocks of the New York City landmark. The hotel will feature a casual dining area with a coffee bar; a fitness center with an indoor pool and spa; a 24-hour convenience store, and more than 1,000 square feet of meeting space. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2008, and completion is expected in late 2001.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its second Savannah, Ga.-area hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah. The 127-room downtown hotel features guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and free high-speed Internet access.  In addition to an outdoor pool, restaurant, gym and laundry facility, the hotel has 2,000 square feet of space available for meetings and events.

InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans Thursday to build a 135-room Hotel Indigo in Pittsburgh. Scheduled to break ground in the second quarter of 2008 and be completed by year-end 2009, the property, which will be in the city's East Liberty area, will feature a 24-hour business center, high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms, wireless Internet in all public spaces, a full-service restaurant and 1,200 square feet of meeting space. Currently there are more than 50 Indigo properties in the pipeline.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is now set to open this December, earlier than originally planned, hotel officials announced last week. The 92-story residential tower will include 339 hotel rooms and suites and nine meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 300 people. The Spa at Trump, with 11 treatment rooms, and a fine-dining restaurant are also planned.

The 273-room Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, formerly the Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Beach, opened July 8. The hotel offers more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space and a newly remodeled H20 Cajun-Asian restaurant.

The 272-room Quorum Hotel Tampa will finish up its $500,000 renovation project in October. To date, the pool, club rooms and 12,000 square feet of meeting space all have been updated.

A $52 million, 255-room Marriott Renaissance will be built in downtown Birmingham, Ala., in the 17-story Regions Plaza building, the former headquarters of Regions Financial Corporation. The property will include a pool, coffee shop, gym, business center and an unspecified amount of conference space. Construction is set to begin in 2008.

The 323-room InterContinental Tampa, formerly the Wyndham Westshore, will open in late August after an $18 million renovation. Offering 21,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel features updated décor, a rooftop pool, dining at Shula's Steak House, hotel-wide high-speed wireless Internet and iPod docking stations.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide announced that in the first half of 2007 it has added 40 new hotels to its portfolio and signed another 44 deals for future hotels. The 40 new hotels, which include five June openings, span 13 countries and represent the Carlson brands of Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts and Radisson Hotels & Resorts. Carlson's growing global portfolio now counts 400 properties, including the new 180-room Park Inn in Mannheim, Germany, which features meeting space for up to 450, and the 234-room Radisson Hotel Vitoria in Vitoria, Brazil, with meeting facilities for 300.

The Doubletree by Hilton brand will makes its European debut next October in Italy, with the opening of the 240-room Doubletree by Hilton Milan. The property will have approximately 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a lobby bar and a fitness area.

The 118-room Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, Egypt, has opened. The property has a 14-treatment room spa, six restaurants, a ballroom that accommodates 700 and five meeting rooms.