Hilton Hotels and Resorts now allows
guests to print boarding passes for 18 major airlines at the
check-in/check-out kiosks in 37 Hilton lobbies. The free service
also lets guests check in for their flights, change seats and
request upgrades. A list of Hilton properties with kiosk service
can be found at www.hilton.com under Hilton Hotels & Resorts
On April 10, the 81-room Days Inn &
Conference Center-Fredericton Oromocto in New Brunswick, Canada,
marked its grand opening with Aboriginal ceremonies. The
three-story property, owned by the Oromocto First Nation, is 15
minutes from the Fredericton Airport and includes a full-service
restaurant and lounge, an indoor pool and a fitness center. Three
meeting rooms (the largest is 1,850 square feet) can be used
individually or combined to make a 4,000-square-foot ballroom. Two
boardrooms also are on-site.
An affiliate of Oxford Capital Group
LLC announced last week that it had purchased the Cass Hotel, a
165-room property in downtown Chicago, for an undisclosed amount.
HCP Oxford OBG Cass Property Company LLC plans a major renovation
and is considering reflagging the hotel.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide, in conjunction with its Starwood Preferred Guest
program, has launched a blog called The Lobby From SPG (www.thelobby.com).
The travel blog -- noting new properties, talking up attractions
and restaurants, providing "inside" information from Starwood and
more -- will include contributions from experts such as W
concierges. William Sanders, the self-titled Starwood Lurker who
has been featured in USA Today, the New York
Times and the Wall Street Journal, will be a regular
The Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
opened yesterday in Summerlin, Nev., a Las Vegas suburb. The $925
million Station Casinos property has 415 guest rooms, a casino, a
35,000-square-foot spa, nine restaurants, an upscale food court, a
16-screen cinema and 94,000 square feet of meeting space, including
four ballrooms and 10 meeting rooms. Phase II of the project will
add 435 rooms by early next year.
Chef Charlie Palmer -- whose eateries
include Aureole in Los Angeles and New York City and Charlie Palmer
Steak in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. -- will open a
boutique-style, nongaming condohotel in Las Vegas in mid-2008, to
be called the Charlie Palmer Condominium Hotel. The $400 million
property, one block west of the Las Vegas Strip, will offer 400
guest rooms and three restaurants overseen by Palmer. Also planned
are a nightclub, spa and pool.
The Fairmont Mayakoba opens April 21 close to the city of Playa del
Carmen on Mexico's Riviera Maya. The property originally was set to
open December, but was delayed by damage caused by Hurricane Wilma.
The 397-room hotel has four restaurants, a spa, an 18-hole Jack
Nicklaus golf course and 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor
event space. The property is part of the Mayakoba Resort, a $2
billion, mixed-use development that also will include the Laguna
Kai, a Rosewood Resort, and Banyan Tree Mayakoba, both scheduled to
open next year.
A $38 million renovation has been completed at the 1,675-room
Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The property has 120,000 square feet of