The 235-room Raffles Le Montreux Palace
in Montreux, Switzerland, has been rebranded as the Fairmont Le
Montreux Palace. The Lake Geneva resort features five restaurants,
two bars, a Willow Stream Spa, a fitness center and 12 meeting
The 215-room Boulders Resort and Golden
Door Spa will undergo a $30 million renovation. Detailed plans for
the refurbishment have not yet been revealed.
Hyatt Place continues its aggressive
expansion policy with four ground-breaking ceremonies for new-build
properties in key destinations. The 127-room Hyatt Place,
Jacksonville, Fla.; the 127-room Hyatt Place, Reno, Nev.; the
117-room Hyatt Place, South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; and the 115-room
Hyatt Place, Chesapeake, Va., all are slated to open in spring
2008. There are 120 Hyatt Place hotels scheduled to open by the end
of this year.
The 214-room Westin Minneapolis opened
last Thursday in the historic Farmers & Mechanics Bank building
downtown. The hotel has seven meeting rooms and four boardrooms,
totaling more than 7,800 square feet, and is connected to the
city's seven-mile skywalk system that runs through most of
downtown, including the Minneapolis Convention Center.
A Shangri-La hotel might be on the way
for New York City. The Slatin Report, a digital newsletter covering
commercial real estate, reported that a 207-room Shangri-La will be
constructed as part of a mixed-use development at Lexington Avenue
and East 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan. A spokesperson for
Shangri-La declined to comment, saying: "We do not have anything to
announce at this time."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
announced plans last week to revitalize the Willets Point peninsula
in the borough of Queens with a mixed-use development that could
include a convention center and hotel. The area beyond Shea Stadium
and the USTA National Tennis Center would receive 5,500 residential
units and 1 million square feet of retail space, plus parks,
playgrounds and a cultural center in addition to "a
state-of-the-art convention center and hotel," according to the
mayor's master plan. If the project moves forward, completion would
be years away. A statement from the mayor's office said land
acquisition could begin next year, with environmental remediation
to follow in 2010.
The bulk of a $25 million renovation is
now complete at the 287-room Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego,
including guest room upgrades and the addition of a conference
center with a 10,160-square-foot ballroom and 6,700 square feet of
prefunction space. The final component of the project is a
remodeling of The Spa at Rancho Bernardo, which should wrap up in
late June or early July.
JHM Hotels has opened the rebranded,
340-room Charleston Marriott in Charleston, S.C., upon completion
of a multimillion-dollar renovation to all guest rooms, public
spaces, restaurant and lounge. The 14-story property, which used to
be a Courtyard by Marriott, includes more than 14,000 square feet
of conference space, including nine meeting rooms and a rooftop
lounge that offers expansive views of the Ashley River.
The Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel has been acquired by Interstate
Hotels & Resorts from affiliates of the Blackstone Group for
$74 million. Interstate plans to spend $18 million to renovate the
property's guest rooms and common areas. The 495-room hotel
features a full-service restaurant, a lounge, an indoor/outdoor
pool and 23,000 square feet of meeting space.
Embassy Suites plans to open its first
hotel in Quebec this July. The 210-room property, across from the
Palais de Congres de Montreal Convention Center, will feature
two-room suites with two televisions, high-speed Internet access
and a wet bar.