February 21, 2007

Hilton Hotels Corp. will manage a new property in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordan. Opening in 2010, the 346-room Hilton Aqaba will be the chain's second property in Jordan and offer a pool, a gym, two restaurants and a number of meeting rooms. The resort will be part of the independent Tala Bay Resort, which has a marina and a mile and a half of private beach among its amenities. Hilton's other Jordan property, the 590-room Hilton Amman, opens in the country's capital in 2009.

The 349-room Eden Roc, a Renaissance Resort, Spa & Marina, in Miami Beach will close on April 17 for a top-to-bottom renovation. When it reopens at the beginning of October, the property also will be further along with construction of a 283-room hotel tower, which will debut in fall 2008. The property currently has 43,000 square feet of meeting space.
The San Diego Board of Port Commissioners approved preliminary plans last week for a new waterfront development that would include a 550-room InterContinental hotel, a 250-room Woodfin Suites hotel and more than 60,000 square feet of new restaurant and retail space along a 100-foot-wide esplanade. The project still needs to clear other city hurdles before construction can begin. Once ground is broken, the project should take two years to complete, according to the project team, Lane Field Developers.
The former Aspen Hotel Group, based in Portland, Ore., has changed its moniker to Provenance Hotels to better reflect the artistic aim of its properties. Provenance Hotels, which is looking to acquire additional assets, currently owns and operates several urban and art-filled boutique properties.

The Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk, a new luxury condominium resort in Waikiki, opened Friday. The property includes 48 condominiums and three restaurants.     
Oahu's Kahala Hotel & Resort will renovate its 343 rooms starting in March, to finish by year's end. The rooms will be upgraded with new furnishings, windows, carpets and wood floors.