April 11, 2007

The 220-room Marriott Metairie at Lakeway in New Orleans, on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, opened this week. The hotel's 6,500 square feet of meeting space features both wired and wireless high-speed Internet access. The hotel also is home to Bistro 38, a new eatery by acclaimed chef Dominique Macquet, owner of Dominique's in the French Quarter.

National Trust Historic Hotels of America has added six members, bringing the organization's total to 213 properties. The new members are the Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, Colo.; The Sofia Hotel, San Diego; Tubac Golf Resort, Tubac, Ariz.; Jumeirah Essex House, New York City; and the Colcord Hotel and Skirvin Hilton, both in Oklahoma City.

The 432-room Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia City Center has opened the Assembly on Five conference center. The new facility features 4,200 square feet of meeting space comprising six meeting rooms (with views of downtown Philadelphia) and an outdoor patio. Overall, the hotel offers 23,500 square feet of event and banquet space.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is building the W Verbier Retreat in the ski resort town of Verbier, Switzerland. The 142-room property, slated to open in late 2009, will offer ski-in, ski-out access. It will be part of a luxury mixed-use development that will include two retail buildings, a restaurant and a night club. At press time, no information was available on meeting space.
Principal Hotels has acquired the 66-room Hawkstone Park Hotel near Shrewsbury, England. The country property has two 18-hole championship golf courses, a six-hole learner's course, five meeting rooms, two restaurants and a park.

The 174-room Golden Tulip Antwerp Center will open in Belgium in September. The property will have a ballroom, 11 meeting rooms, a fitness center and a spa.

Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces is acquiring the 110-room Campton Place, a boutique hotel near San Francisco's Union Square, from the Kor Hotel Group for $58 million. The hotel will be Taj's third in North America, along with The Pierre in New York and the former Ritz-Carlton Boston, now the Taj Boston. The property has about 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

InterContinental Hotels Group will convert the 100-year-old Gibbs Building in downtown San Antonio into a 91-room Hotel Indigo. To open in early 2008, the property will have meeting space for small groups.