April 04, 2007

According to a report released this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Hospitality & Leisure practice, U.S. hotels will spend approximately $5.5 billion on amenities in 2007. Items include the installation of flat-screen televisions in guest rooms, wireless Internet, self check-in and checkout kiosks, and computers and printers in business centers, plus upgrades to complimentary breakfasts and branded lodging bedding. Properties also are expected to spend on extended hours of food and beverage operations.

Renovations have been finished at the 168-room Lakeway Resort and Spa, a Dolce Destination property in Austin, Texas. All the guest rooms and meeting rooms have been remodeled, and a 5,200-square-foot, glass-enclosed ballroom overlooking the lake has been added. Also new is the San Saba Spa, with seven treatment rooms. The property offers more than 24,000 square feet of IACC-approved meeting space.

Now open in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is the 263-room Golden Tulip Rotterdam-Centre. The property has meeting space with views on the eighth, 15th and 16th floors that can handle a total of 300 people.

An $8 million expansion at the Hotel Nelligan, a boutique property in Montréal, will add 44 new rooms, for a total of 105. In addition, the hotel will create a new restaurant and a 3,500-square-foot banquet room. The property has four smaller conference rooms that accommodate up to 90 people. The expansion will be completed in May.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will develop an Aloft hotel in Bay Harbor Islands, Fla. The Aloft Bay Harbor will offer 135 rooms, office and retail space, restaurants and residential units. Construction should begin later this year.

The Kona Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii was purchased last week by a joint venture between affiliates of MSD Capital LP and Rockpoint Group LLC. The terms for the 125-bungalow resort were not disclosed.
A $2 million renovation has been completed at the Hotel Deca in the University District of Seattle. All 158 guest rooms at the former University Tower Hotel have been redone, as have the lobby and grand ballroom. The property features 5,500 square feet of meeting space.

The Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash., opened a new tower with 98 rooms last Monday, which brings the total number of rooms to 190. The property has more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 236-room Hilton Portorosa has opened in Portorosa, Sicily. The property, on Sicily's northeast shore, has a conference center with five meeting rooms, a business center and a spa.