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
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