August 16, 2006

Nikko Hotels International will manage a luxury property in Bahrain, to open in 2008. On the country's artificial Amwaj Islands, is being developed with marinas, shops, hotels and entertainment venues to the tune of $1 billion, the resort will be named the Hotel JAL Bahrain Resort & Spa and will have 350 rooms and meeting space, although no exact square footage was announced. Construction will start by the end of the year.

The Hilton Melbourne Beach [Fla.] Oceanfront reopened on Aug. 10 following an almost two-year renovation to repair damage from September 2004's Hurricane Frances. Currently, 100 of the 118 rooms are available; the remainder will be open by the end of the year. The property's 3,500-square-foot Grand Melbourne Ballroom also had a makeover.

A 183-room Le Meridien hotel will be part of a mixed-use, master-planned community called Hayden Ferry Lakeside in Tempe, Ariz. The property's amenities and meeting space have yet to be defined.

Newly opened at the 632-room Hyatt Regency San Antonio is the DASA Spa. The facility, on the hotel's River Walk level, offers four therapy rooms. The hotel has 40,000 square feet of meeting space.

More than $50 million will be spent to return two Texas properties to past splendor, the 352-room St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio and the 153-room Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas. The rooms, lobbies, public spaces, restaurants, bars and spas at both hotels will be renovated and the back-of-the-house infrastructures modernized. Work is expected to begin later this year and take two years on the St. Anthony, which will remain a Wyndham Historic Hotel. Refurbishments began in July on the Stoneleigh, with a grand reopening scheduled for next summer.

Rogers, Ark., will be the site of the first Westin hotel in the state. The Westin on 45th Street will just across the street from the new John Q. Hammons Convention Center. The hotel will have 325 rooms and 50 luxury condominiums, as well as approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space, 25,000 square feet of meeting space, an 8,000-square-foot spa and a restaurant and bar. Construction is expected to begin in early 2007.
Hilton Hotels Corp. will manage the Wyland Waikiki Hotel, scheduled to open later this summer. The hotel, which was formerly the Ohana Waikiki Surf, is being renovated with a motif inspired by marine life artist Wyland. The 404-room hotel will feature ocean and reef color schemes and patterns, as well as a collection of artwork from Wyland.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority is reviewing a proposal to build a 502-room hotel on Congress Street in South Boston, not far from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The proposal, submitted on Aug. 1 by Madison Seaport Holdings LLC, is in the early review stages but currently calls for a 150-car parking garage and 8,000 square feet of retail space in addition to the hotel facilities.

Accor Hotels is renaming its Sofitel properties in Tahiti, after spending a combined US$50 million upgrading the hotels. The Sofitel Maeva Beach is now the 216-room Sofitel Tahiti Resort, and the Sofitel Marara Bora Bora is now the 64-bungalow Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort. In November, the 111-bungalow Sofitel Ia Ora Moorea will be officially renamed the Sofitel Moorea Beach Resort. The 31-bungalow Sofitel Motu Bora Bora, currently undergoing a soft-goods renovation, is not changing its name.