The 194-room Hobby Airport Hotel has
reopened as the Holiday Inn Houston Hobby Airport following a $1
million renovation. The property, which offers 3,000 square feet of
meeting space, now has wireless Internet access, a new restaurant,
flat-screen TVs in the rooms and a business center.
Marcus Hotels and Resorts has been
chosen to manage the 483-room Resort Suites in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The property, part of the Summit Hotels and Resorts, is made up of
one-, two- and four-bedroom suites. The resort currently has 7,600
square feet of meeting space, but Marcus president Bill Otto said
the company is thinking of increasing that amount along with
renovating the rest of the property.
Ashford Hospitality Trust, which has
completed its purchase of the 525-room Westin O'Hare in Rosemont,
Ill., now will invest $6.1 million to upgrade the hotel's guest
rooms and bathrooms over the next two years.
The 575-room Hyatt Regency Monterey
(Calif.) Resort and Conference Center will undergo a $40 million
phased renovation that should be completed by January 2008. The
guest rooms, suites, public spaces, restaurant and surrounding
grounds all will be refurbished, and an 8,000-square-foot spa will
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is
buying the 273-room Ritz-Carlton Boston from Millennium Partners
for $170 million, confirming speculation that a sale was imminent.
The hotel is scheduled to be renamed the Taj Boston when the
purchase closes on Jan. 11.
Construction begins this Friday in
Newport, R.I., on a $4.8 million upgrade and transformation of the
Hotel Viking's 78-room Viking Wing. The property's 14,000 square
feet of meeting space also will get a facelift. Currently offering
222 guest rooms, the hotel will have 209 when the project is
completed next May, after some suites are reconfigured.
A 2,100-square-foot Executive Learning
Center will be unveiled today at La Costa Resort and Spa in
Carlsbad, Calif., bringing the property's total to 50,000 square
feet of meeting space. The hotel's 82-seat theater, which had been
the site of Hollywood premieres, has been redesigned with tiered
seating and 84 wired Internet connections.
Radisson SAS Farnham Estate has opened
in County Cavan, Ireland. The property has 158 guest rooms, a spa
with 19 treatment rooms and a conference center with 13 meeting
rooms. An 18-hole championship golf course will open in
The 165-room Radisson SAS Hotel Lucerne
has opened in Switzerland. The property has a fitness center and 10
All-inclusive resort company Palace
Resorts announced its first property in the Dominican Republic, the
1,743-room Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort, in Punta
Cana. Rooms will feature double Jacuzzis and in-room liquor
dispensers; the resort will offer a casino, a nightclub, a spa with
54 treatment rooms, 18 to 27 holes of golf, and a convention center
with 60,000 square feet of meeting space. The rooms and basic
amenities will open in late 2007; the casino, spa and golf will
follow in 2008.
Last week, the 120-room Novotel
Montreal Airport opened its doors. The property, the seventh
Novotel in Canada, features 5,000 square feet of meeting space
divided among seven meeting rooms and a ballroom. Additional
amenities include a restaurant, a fitness center, a pool, a
whirlpool and high-speed Wi-Fi access in guestrooms.