The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach (Fla.)
Resort opened on Jan. 20. The 373-room property features a
25,000-square-foot terrace with pool; a spa called Spa Q; and
10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,200-square-foot
The 200-room Mount Washington Resort at
Bretton Woods (N.H.) is planning to add 8,000 square feet of new
meeting space to its existing 30,000 square feet of space. A new
13,000-square-foot spa with 12 treatment rooms also is in the
works. Designs call for a new 4,900-square-foot ballroom, two
1,000-square-foot meeting rooms and a 700- to 800-square-foot
boardroom, to open in late 2008 or early 2009.
The 495-room Holiday Inn City Centre in
Chicago was purchased by CCC Hotel Partners, a joint venture
between Oxford Lodging Advisory & Investment Group and Dubai
Investment Group, and the hotel has been renamed the Chicago City
Centre Hotel & Sports Club. The purchase gives Oxford and its
management company, Kokua Hospitality, control of 1,300 rooms in
downtown Chicago, and Oxford is spending $35 million to renovate
and rebrand the properties. Last year, Oxford purchased the
357-room Best Western Inn of Chicago, due to emerge from a
renovation this year, as well as the 443-room Allerton Crowne Plaza
Chicago, which soon will begin a renovation.
Construction began on Monday for an $11
million upgrade to the 497-room Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, which
will add 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including an
8,241-square-foot ballroom, to the hotel. A new restaurant serving
breakfast and lunch, as well as a new bar, will be added to the
lobby level. The hotel will have 35,000 square feet of meeting
space upon completion of the project, currently set for
A 180-room Renaissance Hotel will be
built in the Denver Tech Center. Construction will begin in May and
finish up by July 2008. Meeting space has yet to be determined.
The 277-room Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort has opened outside Tucson
in Green Valley, Ariz. The property offers two golf courses; a spa
and a fitness center still are under construction.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, on Maui, announced a new renovation
project last week. The $95 million upgrade will touch all 363 guest
rooms and 107 residential suites (also available to guests) as well
as the food and beverage outlets and spa. The project will kick off
this July and should wrap up by late December.