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
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