January 10, 2007

Opening Friday in Denver is the 336-room Curtis hotel. Owned and managed by Sage Hospitality, which spent $70 million to refurbish the former Executive Tower Inn, the property offers free Internet access throughout, has 19,000 square feet of meeting space and is pet-friendly. The Curtis is across the street from the Denver Performing Arts Center and about a block from the Colorado Convention Center.

More than $60 million will be spent to turn the 174-room Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa in Telluride, Colo., into a condominium hotel. By year's end, work on the studios and one- and two-bedroom suites will be completed; they have been for sale since this past December, starting from $500,000. All public areas and the 5,200 square feet of meeting space also will be refurbished. Enhancements to the rooms will include gas fireplaces, spa bathrooms with separate showers and tubs, and flat-screen TVs.

A 390-room casino-hotel will be built near Santa Fe, N.M., by Hilton Hotels Corp. and the Pueblo of Pojoaque, to open in September 2008. The Buffalo Thunder Resort will have 66,000 square feet of meeting space, a 16,000-square-foot spa, a 100-seat outdoor stage and a 151,000-square-foot casino.

Warwick International Hotels has acquired the 184-room Melrose Hotel in Dallas. The 83-year-old property, which offers 6,400 square feet of meeting space, will be called the Warwick Melrose Hotel.

The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) served its final plates to the public last week. It will operate now as a venue for private events only. To compensate for the loss of the public restaurant, The Cafe of the Ritz-Carlton began serving a more "upmarket" menu designed by executive chef Mark Payne. At 3,150 square feet, The Dining Room can accommodate 140 people for dinner.

ALM LLC, an affiliate of Outrigger Enterprise Group, has acquired the Ala Moana Hotel for an undisclosed price. The 1,154-room Oahu property will continue under its present name.  

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will manage a new St. Regis hotel in Doha, Qatar. This, the company claims, is its first step in a plan to introduce its luxury brands to the Middle East. The beachfront St. Regis Doha, to open in early 2010, will have 322 rooms in two hotel towers. Also on site will be 18 waterfront bungalows, a business center, a spa, three restaurants and approximately 44,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hilton Hotels Corp. will take over management of two resorts in Costa Rica later this year. A 202-room property in Papagayo will be renamed the Hilton Papagayo Resort, and a 410-room property in the small city of Puntarenas will be renamed the Doubletree by Hilton Puntarenas Resort. Both hotels will be renovated in order to meet Hilton standards.

Sol Melia has opened its first ME hotel in the Western hemisphere. The ME Cancun, a transformation of the Melia Turquesa, has 448 rooms, a 12,000-square-foot spa and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.