July 19, 2006

The 1,840-room Adam's Mark Hotel Dallas has reopened its 507-room tower following a $30 million renovation. Rooms in the Tower Royale by Adam's Mark, a "hotel within a hotel," now offer flat-panel TVs, free high-speed Internet access, wireless phones and more, all geared for the business traveler. The rooms are nonsmoking. The Tower also offers a separate check-in area.

The Procaccianti Group has purchased the 185-room Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas in Arizona. The company plans a $10 million renovation, primarily to upgrade the 45 currently unused villas that came with the property. The Hilton has 15,242 square feet of meeting space. The resort will remain a Hilton for the time being, but the Procaccianti Group is open to rebranding.

KSL Resorts has assumed management of the 444-room Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in La Quinta, Calif. KSL will oversee a two-year, $30 million renovation of the property, which will include creating a central plaza with shopping and dining options, upgrading the guest rooms and 41,000 square feet of meeting space, and enhancing the grounds and golf course.

The Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel was purchased by the Anekona Development Group last week and will be renamed The Ilikai - Where Waikiki Begins. The 703-room property will receive more than $40 million in property upgrades, including a complete redevelopment of the Yacht Harbor Tower. The new owners intend to rebrand the property as a hip, modern destination and also plan to turn several units into condominiums.

Ground has been broken on the Mount Airy Resort & Casino, a $360 million gaming and resort complex in the heart of the Poconos. During phase I, a 200-room resort hotel will be constructed, along with a gaming and entertainment complex with 3,000 slot machines, four restaurants, two live entertainment lounges, an 18-hole championship golf course, an indoor pool, a spa and retail shops. Phase II will expand the size of the hotel and casino. The new Mount Airy is expected to open in the fall of 2007, when the first phase is completed.

The 150-room Marriott Ghent will open in October. The Belgian property has seven meeting rooms, including a ballroom.