According to the Houston Business
Journal, the 977-room Hyatt Regency Houston, recently acquired
by Starwood Capital Group, is undergoing a $30 million renovation.
Details of the project are unavailable.
The 111-room Hotel Teatro in Denver has
been sold for an undisclosed amount to DiNapoli Capital Partners.
DiNapoli also owns several Four Seasons and Fairmont properties,
among other hotels in its portfolio.
Dolce International will build a
250-room hotel and conference center outside Munich, Germany, in a
partnership with KCL AG. The property, on land adjacent to the
107,000-square-foot BallhausForum meetings venue in
Unterschleissheim, will offer 32,000 square feet of meeting space
when it opens in 2008.
Hilton Hotels Corp. has added the Qasr
Al Sharq property, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (also known by its
English translation of Palace of the Orient), to its
Waldorf=Astoria collection. The 46-suite hotel opened this past
June as a Hilton Palace property.
Yesterday, Westin Hotels & Resorts
opened its first hotel in Malaysia, the 202-room Westin Langkawi
Resort & Spa. The property, which includes 20 oceanside villas,
was formerly the Sheraton Perdana Resort. In Kedah state at the
northernmost part of Malaysia, the resort has seven conference
rooms and the Westin Grand Ballroom, which holds 180 for a dinner.
Other amenities include a fitness room, a spa, a Westin Kids Club,
two swimming pools, two restaurants, a lounge and a bar.
On Monday, Sheraton announced the opening of the Sheraton Ningbo
Hotel in Ningbo, a business hub in China's Zhejiang province that
soon will be connected to Shanghai via the Hangzhou Bay Bridge. The
380-room hotel, formerly known as the Portman Plaza Ningbo Hotel,
features 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Xingyun
ballroom. The property also has five restaurants, two lounges, a
spa and a rooftop tennis court.
Members of UNITE HERE Local 2 in San
Francisco ratified a new contract with the W San Francisco on
Friday, 10 days after voting to authorize a strike at the
The 488-room Hilton Burbank (Calif.)
Airport and Convention Center was reflagged last week as the
Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Now
undergoing a $24 million renovation, the hotel has more than 50,000
square feet of meeting space, including a 30,000-square-foot
convention center and a 15,000-square-foot ballroom.
According to the Honolulu
Star-Bulletin, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel reached a tentative
agreement last week with the ILWU Local 142 to compensate employees
being laid off in early 2007 while the hotel closes to repair
damages sustained from recent earthquakes. Details of the
agreement, which workers will vote on today, were not
A bankruptcy auction for the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort &
Spa on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, which is owned by Japan-based
Azabu Buildings Co., has been scheduled for Feb. 1, according to
the Pacific Business News. Hyatt Corp., which manages the
property, already has made an offer of $445 million.
Homewood Suites by Hilton has announced
it will launch Suite Selections beginning in the first quarter of
2007. The online, interactive program will allow guests to view a
hotel's floor plan and select a room preference from photographs in
advance of arrival. It will be available to Hilton HHonors Gold and
Diamond members. The program will be made available to Silver-level
members by year-end 2007.