Omni Hotels has launched a new online
program, similar to that offered by the airline industry, which
will allow guests to check in 48 hours in advance of their stay and
within at least two hours of their arrival. Guests receive a
confirmation number by e-mail and a receipt, which they can
exchange upon arrival for their prepared room key and a welcome
packet. The new program is available at all 40 Omni hotels.
The 200-room Le Meridien at Beverly
Hills has closed and will undergo a complete transformation into
the SLS Los Angeles, the first of a new brand from SBE Hotel Group.
Due to open in March 2008, the SLS Los Angeles will be managed by
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and will be a member of the
Starwood Luxury Collection.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is upping
its food and beverage offerings with a new signature wine, Canvas,
that will be featured at all of its properties. The wine is being
developed in partnership with Napa Valley, Calif.-based Folio Fine
Wine Partners, whose president of wine-growing is Robert
A $120 million, 110,000-square-foot
expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa (Fla.)
is now underway. A new upscale restaurant and 50,000 square feet of
additional casino space are scheduled to open in August, followed
by a second restaurant, a parking garage and a $2 million "video
waterfall" installation later this year.
Tribal owners of Thunder Valley Casino
near Sacramento announced plans last week to build a 23-story,
650-room resort hotel at the casino. The United Auburn Indian
Community said the expansion also will include a 3,000-seat
performing arts theater, a spa, three new restaurants and two
ballrooms totaling 30,000 square feet. Construction will begin next
year, and the hotel should be open in 2010.