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
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
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.