May 30, 2007

A lawsuit filed against 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 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 center.

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.