A lawsuit filed against Hotels.com last
week alleges the website violates California's antidiscrimination
laws. The complaint, filed in California Supreme Court for Alameda
County by plaintiffs Bonnie Lewkowicz and Judith Smith, claims that
disabled persons are unable to search for wheelchair-accessible
rooms using the company's online services and are therefore not
guaranteed disabled access upon arrival. The suit asks Hotels.com
to alter company practices; no damages are being sought.
The 246-room West Baden Springs Hotel,
closed since 1932, reopened last week, completing the restoration
of the French Lick Resort Casino in French Lick, Ind. The other
hotel on the property, the 443-room French Lick Springs Hotel,
reopened last October. The resort offers 30,000 square feet of
meeting space, plus a 31,600-square-foot tennis and exhibition
A $5 million renovation has been
completed at the 821-room Omni Corpus Christi (Texas) Hotel. All
guest rooms and 38,000 square feet of the property's 50,000 square
feet of meeting space were redone. The Omni is made up of two
towers about two blocks from each other: the Marina Tower, with 346
rooms and 12,000 square feet of meeting space, and the Bayfront
Tower, with 475 rooms and 38,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Presidio Hotel Group LLC and
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide are converting the former
Fort Worth (Texas) Plaza Hotel into the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel
and Spa, to reopen by the end of this year. A $46 million
transformation of the property begins this month; when finished,
the revitalized hotel will offer 430 guest rooms, 22,000 square
feet of meeting space, two restaurants and an 8,000-square-foot spa
and athletic center.
The Orlando Sun Resort by Lexington
reopened last week after closing in September 2003. The newly
renovated 919-room property includes 60,000 square feet of meeting
space, four pools, two restaurants and a fitness center.
The Sofitel Forum Rive Gauche has been reflagged as the Marriott
Paris Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, following a
top-to-bottom renovation. The property has 757 guest rooms
and 48,000 square feet of meeting space.