The 632-room Swissotel Chicago will
expand its meeting and event space to nearly 50,000 square feet by
mid-2009. The price tag of the expansion, along with renovations to
the hotel's guest rooms, is estimated at $47 million. The largest
meeting space in the refurbished hotel will be a 15,000-square-foot
RockResorts international has been
chosen to operate the 92-room Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo. The
agreement is contingent on the closing of the purchase of the
property by Elysian Worldwide and Lodging Capital Partners, which
is expected within 45 days. For groups, the Hotel Jerome offers
7,500 square feet of function space, including the only
above-ground ballroom in Aspen.
Ground will be broken Tuesday on a $45
million renovation at the 453-room Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott
Resort & Spa. During the project, the lobby will be relocated
and the rooms will be upgraded with carpets, drapes, upholstery and
flat-panel televisions. In addition, the ballroom will be expanded
to 20,000 square feet, bringing the total meeting space to about
45,000 square feet. Four of the property's dining outlets --
Chaparral and Navajo restaurants, Rita's Lounge and the Kokopelli
Cafe -- will be closed during construction, which will finish up
next March. A fifth dining spot, BLT Steak, will open at that
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts
will build a 250-room Marriott hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho. The
property will be connected to a new 130,000-square-foot exhibition
center planned for the city, which Hammons also will build. The new
facilities will be within walking distance of the existing Boise
Centre on the Grove, which offers a 350-seat auditorium and several
meeting rooms. Construction could begin as early as next March.
Executives of the 804-room Atlantic
City Hilton presented a major expansion plan to their parent
company, Colony Capital, in Las Vegas on Tuesday. A spokesperson
for the Hilton said if the plans are approved by Colony, details of
the expansion could be released in a matter of weeks. The Press
of Atlantic City reported that the estimated cost of the
project is $1 billion and that plans include adding a 1,000-room
tower and doubling the casino floor to 120,000 square feet.
The $10 million Skokie Banquet and
Conference Center, about 14 miles north of downtown Chicago, opened
earlier this month. The property has 15,000 square feet of meeting
space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom that is divisible
into eight rooms.
The Conrad hotel chain, a division of
the Hilton Hotel Group, will now be known as Conrad Hotels &
Resorts in order to truly establish its brand identity. The new
name will be reflected in a new logo.
The 400-room Westin Washington DC City
Center has opened its doors. The smoke-free property features
16,750 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business center and
wireless Internet access throughout.
InterContinental Hotels Group begins
construction on the 125-room Hotel Indigo in Durham, N.C., this
summer. Expected to open in April 2008, the boutique property will
feature a meditation courtyard, guest rooms with curved walls,
spa-style showers, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a
"Phitness" studio, an indoor pool, several dining options and 2,000
square feet of meeting space.
Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Benchmark Hospitality are developing
a new "personal luxury resort" in Vero Beach, Fla. The 94-room
Costa d'Este, which is expected to open in early 2008, will include
guest rooms with oversized bathrooms and wireless Internet access,
as well as a signature restaurant, a pool, fitness facilities, a
spa and 1,170 square feet of meeting space.
The Wyland Waikiki has reopened following a multimillion-dollar
renovation. The 405-room hotel features artwork and photographs
from marine life artist Wyland throughout the property. The guest
rooms now have flat-panel high-definition plasma TVs and
iPod-compatible alarm clocks. Also onsite are the Wy Bar lounge,
several meeting rooms and two renovated pools. The signature
restaurant and the fitness center are slated to open over the next
The Sheraton Moana Surfrider in Waikiki on Oahu will be rebranded
a Westin in June. The 793-room Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort,
will include a revitalized lobby, guest rooms with new beds and
furnishings and a new beachfront spa, which will open in early
2008. The property currently includes more than 15,000 square feet
of meeting space.
Interval Acquisition Corp. has agreed to acquire Gaylord
Entertainment's Hawaii operation, ResortQuest Hawaii, for
approximately $109 million. The transaction, which involves 28
properties and more than 4,500 rental units, is expected to close
during the second or third quarter of 2007.
The Palm Beach County Commissioners have earmarked more than $100
million for the development of a new Westin hotel that would be
connected to the Palm Beach County Convention Center by an enclosed
walkway. Full details for the 400-room property, to open in 2010,
have yet to be announced.