March 21, 2007

The Hilton Anatole in Dallas is converting its Stemmons Auditorium into the Stemmons Ballroom. The finished venue will be an 8,300-square-foot oval-shaped room divisible by three. The work, to finish up in May, is part of the first phase of a $40 million renovation. Over the next two years, the property's Tower guest rooms and Chantilly Ballroom will be redone.

The Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center has completed the first phase of a $10 million renovation. All 395 rooms have been refurbished with new beds and walk-in Tuscany showers. The Tuscan Lounge and Bonnie & Clyde's Bar and Grill also have been redone.
On Monday, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced an agreement to manage the 169-room St. Regis Resort, Lhasa, in Tibet, to open in January 2010. The property will include 9,000 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants, a health club and spa, an indoor pool and a business center.

Mandarin Oriental will manage a 150-room luxury hotel in Paris, which will open in late 2010. The property, on the rue Saint Honore, will have a spa and meeting space; details on meeting facilities are not yet available.

Rocco Forte Hotels is selling the 132-room St David's Hotel & Spa in Cardiff, Wales, to Principal Hotels for US$63 million. The changeover takes place April 5. The hotel has eight meeting rooms and a spa.

The Honolulu Airport Hotel has been rebranded as the Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel. The 307-room property is undergoing a $6 million upgrade to its guest rooms and 2,400 square feet of meeting space, which should be wrapped up in June.
Ground has been broken on the 130-room Aloft Rogers in Rogers, Ark. Offering loftlike guest rooms and one meeting room, the new hotel should open by the first quarter of 2008.

The Procaccianti Group has purchased the 293-room Westin Fort Lauderdale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts for an undisclosed amount. No plans for renovations have been announced for the property, which has approximately 22,000 square feet of meeting space.   

Luxury hotel brand Raffles Hotels & Resorts will manage a 200-room resort in St. Lucia. The Raffles St. Lucia, to open in 2010, also will feature 275 residential villas. Highlights of the property include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and a 10,000-square-foot RafflesAmrita Spa.