May 02, 2007

The Embassy Suites Hotel Fort Worth (Texas) opened last Friday, three blocks from the city's convention center. The 156-suite property, which is just off downtown's Sundance Square, offers 6,000 square feet of meeting space, complimentary Internet access and microwaves in every room.

An $8.2 million renovation has been completed at the 560-room Doubletree Hotel Denver. The property, halfway between downtown and Denver International Airport in the acreage being redeveloped around the former Stapleton Airport, has redone all the guest rooms, dining areas, recreation facilities and 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hilton Hotels has launched the Hilton Breakfast program at all of its North American properties. All breakfast items on menus, including in-room menus and the buffet stations in the restaurants, will carry color-coded labels to help guests select foods that best meet their personal wellness program and dietery needs. Labels will include nutritional markers such as high-energy, low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-calorie, high-fiber and high-energy. The company conducted in-depth research and beta-tested the new program at nine of its properties prior to the launch.

The 186-room Westin Columbus (Ohio) will receive a multimillion-dollar renovation, following the sale of the property from Marcus Hotels and Resorts to a joint venture in which Marcus owns a minority stake. The renovation of all guest rooms and public spaces, as well as the dining area, should be complete by the end the year. Marcus will continue to manage the hotel.

The 366-room InterContinental Kansas City (Mo.) at the Plaza will undergo a $15 million renovation of all guest rooms and public spaces beginning July 10. Work is expected to wrap up in November. The hotel has 29,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 300-room Crowne Plaza Hotel at the United Nations in New York City has dropped its affiliation with InterContinental Hotels Group. It now operates as the independently operated Tudor Hotel at the United Nations. The property has four meeting rooms totaling more than 2,900 square feet.