April 18, 2007

The 600-room Holiday Inn on the Bay San Diego, which has more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, is undergoing a $6 million renovation to its guest rooms and meeting facilities. The work will replace soft goods and upgrade guest bathrooms, as well as add a permanent boardroom and expand the prefunction space adjacent to the 10,400-square-foot Pacific Ballroom.

The former Argent Hotel in San Francisco has reemerged as the 676-room Westin San Francisco Market Street. About 3,000 square feet of new meeting space has been added, bringing the total to 23,000 square feet.

The 119-room Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center has opened in Wilmington, N.C. The property includes a business center, a fitness room, a pool and approximately 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group has changed the name of the Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., to the FireSky Resort & Spa. All 204 rooms, the spa, public areas and 14,000 square feet of meeting space have been upgraded.

A request for proposals has been issued by Denver International Airport for a company to own, manage, finance and/or build a 500-room, four-star hotel to be connected to the facility's Jeppesen Terminal. A hotel always was part of the plan for the airport, but development of a Westin property halted following 9/11. Interested parties can use their own design within stipulated parameters, or they can work off an FAA-approved design that includes 38,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants, a pool and a health club.

Choice Hotels India, a division of Choice Hotels International, has entered into a partnership with the Royal Indian Raj International Corp. to build 15,000 hotel rooms in India under the Comfort Inn, Quality, Sleep Inn and Clarion brands. Hotel development is expected to commence over the next 12 months.