July 05, 2006

The new Hotel Indigo opened by the Galleria in Houston on June 29. The 132-room property, the fourth in a new boutique brand from InterContinental Hotels Group, offers four meeting rooms for up to 75 people.

Hotel 1000, a luxury property set beneath the residential condominiums of Madison Tower in downtown Seattle, opened last week. The hotel features 120 guest rooms, a spa, a restaurant and bar, a golf club featuring virtual golf, and 6,200 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Renovations have begun at the Renaissance Austin Hotel that will create a new Internet café, expand the fitness center and completely rework the property’s 30,000-square-foot exhibit hall. Upgrades to the 492 guest rooms already have been completed.

The proposal to build a Cesar Pelli-designed 40-story office tower and a 200-room hotel over South Station, Boston’s rail and bus hub, received final approval from the Boston Zoning Commission last week. David Perry, senior vice president of Hines Interests LP, which leads the development team, told the Boston Globe last week that he plans to begin construction on the 40-story tower next year, if the group can find tenants for the office space.

The 327-room InterContinental Geneva has completed a refurbishment of its 16 meeting rooms, public spaces and fitness center. The property also added a Clarins institute & Spa.