October 04, 2006

The 135-room Hotel Treudelberg Hamburg has been reflagged as the Steigenberger Hotel Treudelberg Hamburg. The property has an 18-hole golf course and 15 meeting rooms.

The 490-room Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino in Henderson, Nev., just south of Las Vegas, unveiled its new expansion on Oct. 3, the property's fifth anniversary. The $110 million project added two restaurants and 14,000 square feet of meeting space, for an overall total of 79,000 square feet. A new 500-seat showroom will open next spring.

The Westin Grand Bohemian in Orlando is parting ways with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to become an independent property as of Nov. 20. The 250-room hotel, which has 9,600 square feet of meeting space, will become the Grand Bohemian HotelÐOrlando.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will manage the 322-room Le Meridien St. Petersburg in Russia, when it opens in 2008. The property will have a 14,000-square-foot spa, an indoor pool, 23,000 square feet of meeting space and a river taxi service along the city's Neva River, which can take guests to the Hermitage, the city's principal tourist attraction.

This week, Marriott International unveiled its first European Courtyard by Marriott property, the 150-room Courtyard by Marriott Colombes in Paris. The chain said it plans to open 50 Courtyards in Europe over the next five years. Each will feature approximately 150 rooms, a full-service restaurant, meeting space, a 24-hour minimart and a specially designed lobby/lounge.

A $200 million resort will be built in Telluride, Colo., by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and the Honigman Group. The ski-in, ski-out property will offer 75 rooms and 65 residences, a restaurant, and a 12,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. Meeting space and a ballroom are included in the plans, along with an outdoor terrace; the square footage has not been determined yet. Groundbreaking will take place in early 2007.

An $8.5 million renovation project has been completed at the Embassy Suites Colorado Spring. Each of the 206 suites was upgraded, with sofa beds added to the living rooms and new beds put in the guest rooms. The property's 7,031 square feet of meeting space also was refurbished.

The 264-room Hyatt Regency Newport in Rhode Island has been purchased by the Amstar Group and Davidson Hotel Co., which plan to spend a combined $23 million to renovate the property, beginning next fall and wrapping up eight months later. The upgrades will include the construction of a new restaurant and bar and lounge, a reconfiguration of the hotelÕs 25,000 square feet of meeting space, and the renovation of the guest rooms and the Stillwater Spa.

The 147-room Portland Square Hotel in the Times Square area of New York City has changed hands and will be given a $7.5 million renovation in 2007. By the end of next year, the property's name will be changed to Sanctuary, and it will have just 115 high-end rooms with flat-screen TVs, rain showerheads and bathrooms that open up into the guest room by means of a leather drape.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is rolling out an upgraded guest bathroom with a massage-action showerhead, curved shower rod, waffle-weave shower curtains, thicker towels and new bath amenities. The rollout will be complete by the end of this year.