Host Hotels & Resorts is buying the
732-room Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., for
$393 million. The sale is expected to close by the third quarter of
this year. The property, which opened in November 2002 and will
remain a Westin, offers about 70,000 square feet of meeting
Delta Hotels will manage the 99-room
Royal Canadian Lodge in Banff, Alberta, which will be reflagged the
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge on July 1. Amenities at the
property include meeting space for up to 80 attendees, the
Evergreen restaurant and the Grotto spa.
Kerry Hatch, president of The St. Regis
hotel brand, announced at Starwood's media summit that the company
will roll out its ebutler service on June 1. Guests can e-mail
requests to ebutler before they arrive or when they are on property
and receive email response and confirmation. In addition, Hatch
said St. Regis will place its Remède Spa amenities in all its guest
rooms this, and will brand all St. Regis hotel spas Remède
The Hilton Garden Inn Manchester (N.H.)
Downtown opened last week as part of a $70 million redevelopment
along the Merrimack River. The 125-room hotel sits just beyond the
centerfield wall of MerchantsAuto.com Stadium, home to Manchester's
Double-A baseball team, and has unobstructed views of the field.
The hotel has approximately 2,000 square feet of indoor meeting
space; an outdoor patio and restaurant overlooking the stadium can
accommodate up to 250 people.
A renovation and expansion has been
completed at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Columbus (Ohio).
Sixty "Villa Family Suites" have been added to the 278 newly
renovated guest rooms, along with a 60,000-square-foot water park
called Fort Rapids. The hotel has 10,000 square feet of meeting
A multimillion-dollar renovation is
planned for the guest rooms, lobby and food and beverage facilities
at the 186-room Westin Great Southern Hotel in Columbus, Ohio,
which was purchased earlier this month by Marcus Hotels &
Resorts. The work will be completed in the first quarter of 2007.
The hotel has approximately 12,000 square feet of meeting space,
which will not be part of the initial renovation.
Hilton Hotels Corp. has sold the
713-room Hilton Pittsburgh to Shubh Hotels Pittsburgh for
approximately $28 million. The hotel will continue to operate as a
Hilton under the terms of a 20-year franchise agreement.
A $40 million expansion and renovation
of the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, will be completed in December.
Guest rooms will be renovated and given rain showers and
freestanding soaking tubs. The resort will have a new Club Lounge
with 55 guest rooms, 16 executive suites, four presidential suites
and two villas, bringing the total number of rooms to 180. Also,
the restaurants will be improved, and the spa will get eight new
treatment rooms, including a few open-air cabanas.
Groundbreaking has taken place on the $700 million Rum Cay Resort
Marina on Rum Cay, in the Out Islands of the Bahamas. After
residences and a marina for large yachts are built, a luxury hotel
and spa will be erected. The hotel will be completed in 2010.
The Hilton St. Petersburg (Fla.)
Carillon Park has opened as part of the Carillon Park business and
entertainment site. The 227-room property has a 9,265-square-foot
ballroom and five meeting rooms.