In June, InterContinental Hotels Group
will convert the Hilton Philadelphia/Cherry Hill, in Cherry Hill,
N.J., to the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, following a $5 million
renovation. The 408-room hotel has 43,000 square feet of meeting
space, including two ballrooms and 20 meeting rooms.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City,
Utah, is in the middle of a $7 million renovation. Expanded dining
and lounge areas will be reopened by July 1, while an enlarged and
renovated lobby will debut in October. Four junior suites are being
constructed, to be available by March 2007. The 175-room property
offers the 20,000-square-foot Olympic Conference Facility.
On Monday, Accor Hotels & Resorts
announced the simultaneous opening of two Sofitel-branded
properties in Nanjing, China. The 279-room Sofitel Galaxy Nanjing,
is a downtown property with a grand ballroom accommodating
receptions of 750, 11 additional breakout rooms and five
restaurants. The 140-room Sofitel Zhongshan Golf & Resort
Nanjing is a 20-minute drive from the city center. The property
offers a ballroom accommodating 300, plus eight conference rooms.
Other amenities include a spa, a salon, a fitness center, indoor
pool and 27-hole Gary Player-designed golf course surrounding the
hotel. Three more Sofitels are scheduled to open in China before
the end of the year.
The Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel
reopened its doors after spending $5.5 million to upgrade the
property's bar and restaurant, remodel the grand lobby and add a
2,500-square-foot meeting room. A third of the hotel's 213 guest
rooms also have been refurbished; the rest will be finished by
2007. The hotel offers more than 22,500 square feet of meeting
The Seattle Marriott Hotel Sea-Tac Airport has upgraded all 459
guest rooms, completing the first phase of a $15 million, multiyear
renovation. The next phase, which includes a redesigned lobby area,
fitness center, additional landscaping, and building and equipment
upgrades, will be completed over the next several months. The hotel
has more than 18,500 square feet of meeting space.
ResortQuest Hawaii will assume management of the Courtyard by
Marriott Kauai at Waipouli Beach next month. The 311-room hotel,
which will be renamed ResortQuest Kauai Beach at Makaiwa, will
Pacifica Hotel Co. has purchased two hotels in Marina del Rey,
Calif. The 157-room Marina del Rey Hotel & Marina has seven
meeting rooms. The 110-room Marina International Hotel &
Bungalows has two meeting rooms and 25 bungalows. Renovations are
at both properties expected to begin late this year or early next
Plenty of news emerged from Aruba last
week. The 481-room Wyndham Aruba has shed the Wyndham flag and will
become a Westin, perhaps as early as this winter; in the interim,
it is operating as the Aruba Resort, Spa & Casino, all the
furniture in the rooms is being replaced, and a $90 million
renovation is planned. Also, a website debuted for Meet Aruba, the
Aruba Hotel and Tourism Authority's group sales and marketing arm.
The site is up at www.meetaruba.com.