As of next month, Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide will manage the Astir Palace Hotel complex near
Athens, Greece, which includes three luxury hotels. Through the
move, the 199-room Arion Hotel will become the Arion Hotel and
Villas, a Luxury Collection Resort, and the 162-room Nafsika Hotel
will become the Westin Nafsika Resort. The third property, the
165-room Aphrodite Hotel, will undergo extensive renovations before
becoming the W Aphrodite in 2008.
The 252-room Domina Rome Hotel &
Conferences will open in late 2006 near the Italian capital's
Ciampino Airport and the new Rome Fair exhibition center, also
scheduled to open later this year. The property will have four
The 283-room Hilton London Canary Wharf
has opened in the British capital. The property has nine meeting
Breezes Runaway Bay in Jamaica will
close from Aug. 15 to Dec. 15 for a $20 million expansion, which
will add 32 rooms for a total of 266. Additionally, 30 rooms will
be expanded, the spa will be renovated and rebranded, and two
restaurants will be added.
The Fern Tree Spa will open in early 2007 at Half Moon, the
402-room luxury resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The spa will
comprise 68,000 square feet indoors and out, including a library
where the "Spa Elder" (the spa director's new title) will consult
with guests on treatments. Also, six spa suites will be built next
to the spa, allowing guests to enjoy treatments in their rooms.
The 276-room Biltmore in Coral Gables,
Fla., completed a $40 million renovation on June 16. Included in
the work is the new Biltmore Spa. The resort's 18-hole golf course
has been spruced up and now includes an extra 10 acres, and a new
restaurant called Cascade has opened. The property has a
40,000-square-foot conference center, 33 meeting rooms and three
ballrooms, among other business-related amenities.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open a W Hotel in Doha, Qatar.
To debut at the end of next year, the W Doha Hotel & Residences
will have 292 guest rooms, as well as 154 private residences,
several upscale restaurants and an undetermined amount of meeting
The 393-room Renaissance St. Louis Airport hotel has been acquired
by RockBridge Capital and the Davidson Hotel Co. for an undisclosed
amount. Davidson will invest $6 million for renovations to the
hotel, which has more than 37,000 square feet of meeting space.
Plans have been announced for a
525,000-square-foot condominium hotel and water park resort in
Hoffman Estates, Ill., north of Schaumburg, Ill. Waterpark H2otels
USA plans to break ground on the 400- to 500-room Sun Island Resort
and Conference Center later this year, with opening set for 2008.
The site is adjacent to the 11,000-seat Sears Centre, which opens
this October. The hotel will have 31,000 square feet of meeting
Ground was broken last week on the
Grand Waikikian, a 38-story time share and retail development at
the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort on Oahu. Projected to
include 331 units, the Grand Waikikian will feature 34 floors of
one-bedroom and two-bedroom time share suites, plus an additional
four floors of retail, office and guest amenity space. The
Waikikian project, marked for a late 2008 completion, will also
include a shopping arcade, a beachside restaurant and pool with
The Marriott Louisville Downtown has been sold to a group
controlled by Robert L. Johnson as part of a $1.7 billion deal with
White Lodging Services Corp. that involves several other hotels.
White Services will continue to manage the 617-room.
LaSalle Hotel Properties has spent $38 million to acquire the
109-room Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle. The hotel has several
dining options, a business center, a salon and spa, a fitness
center, and 2,900 square feet of meeting space. The Alexis will
continue to be managed by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel &
The W Dallas-Victory opens today. The
252-room property offers dinner at Tom Colocchio's Craft, drinks at
the Ghostbar and conferences in 11,000 square feet of meeting
space, including the 5,000-square-foot Great Room.
Last week, Atlific Hotels & Resorts announced it will manage
the Hotel Indigo Ottowa, a 106-room property now nearing its final
phase of construction in Ottawa's central business district. The
propertyÕs two meeting rooms together provide maximum seating for
80 people. Other amenities include a restaurant, an indoor swimming
pool and a fitness center. The hotel is slated to open in mid-fall.
On June 18, Marriott International announced a deal to manage its
third Renaissance-branded hotel in Shanghai, China, to be called
the Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan hotel. The hotel, set for a 2008
opening, is in the Huangpu district of Puxi, close to the Yuyuan
Ming-era garden. The Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan will feature 5,769
square feet of meeting space, including a 3,605-square-foot
ballroom and three breakout rooms. The property will also feature
two F&B outlets, a lounge and bar, a health club and an
executive lounge with two small meeting spaces.