InterContinental Hotels Group has
announced plans to open a Hotel Indigo in Athens, Ga. The boutique
property will have 100 rooms and will incorporate a music theme,
with a live music venue and a mural to be designed by University of
Georgia art students.
A $5 million renovation has begun at
the 272-room Renaissance Pere Marquette in New Orleans. The first
phase, to be completed by September, will add a celebrity chef-led
restaurant, while the second phase, to be finished by the end of
the year, will update the jazz-themed hotel's lobby and bar; all of
the carpet in the property's 6,500 square feet of meeting space
also will be replaced.
Hilton Hotels Corp. has formed a
partnership with restaurateur Donna Scala to develop a signature
casual dining concept for Hilton's full-service hotel brands,
including Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Conrad and
Waldorf=Astoria. The first project from the partnership, the Urban
Tavern at the Hilton San Francisco, will open in the first quarter
InterContinental Hotels Group will open
its first boutique hotel in Miami, the 122-room Hotel Indigo.
Ground will be broken in the third quarter of this year, with
completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2008. The six-story
property will feature a fitness center, complimentary Internet
access in all guest rooms and 2,500 square feet of meeting