March 07, 2007

The Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., last week finished upgrading all 1,012 rooms to include flat-panel HD televisions, Herman Miller ergonomic chairs, wired and wireless Internet access and improved bathrooms and closets. The Florida hotel also added a new sports bar and will debut its refurbished lobby this June, as well as a new 4,500-square-foot event space and an upgraded lobby in late summer. The property currently has 90,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 170-room Golden Tulip Hamburg Aviation opened March 1 in Hamburg, Germany. The property has five meeting rooms.

The first Hotel Indigo in the Northeastern United States will be in Rahway, N.J., a half-hour from New York City and 12 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport. The 102-room boutique-style hotel opens in April 2008; it will feature a day spa, a fitness center, a business center and 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 241-room Brown Palace Hotel & Spa in Denver is undergoing an $8 million renovation. The facelift, which will focus on the guest rooms, will be complete by May. An ongoing redesign of the guest-room bathrooms, which began in 2006, will wrap up by the end of 2008.
American Property Hospitality Management has purchased the 276-room Wyndham Albuquerque (N.M) Airport hotel. Following a $6 million renovation, the property will be converted to a Sheraton.

A $15 million renovation has begun at Texas' Four Seasons Hotel Austin. All 291 guest rooms will be remodeled, as will the restaurant and lobby lounge. A new 5,500-square-foot spa with eight treatment rooms will open in June. All work should be finished by the end of the summer.
The 241-room Regency Suites Hotel in Green Bay, Wis., has been purchased by LodgeWorks LP and will be reflagged early next year as the Hotel Sierra, a new LodgeWorks boutique brand. The property will undergo a guest-room renovation later this year. The KI Convention Center, attached to the hotel and managed by the same company, has 43,630 square feet of meeting space, including a 17,346-square-foot exhibit hall. The first Hotel Sierra opened in Sterling, Va., in July. Seven Sierra Suites hotels in California, Georgia, New York, New Jersey and Washington will be rebranded as Hotel Sierras before the end of 2008.
Vietnam-based Life Resorts Management Co. will take over operations of the Blue Ocean Resort in Phan Thiet, on Vietnam's south central coast. As part of the deal, the property will close for a $1 million renovation and reopen in August with eight new bungalows added, bringing the total to 78. The resort features an 80-person conference room.