March 15, 2006

On March 8, the Wyndham Atlanta Downtown became the Atlanta Marriott Downtown; a multimillion-dollar renovation is planned. The 312-room hotel currently has 14,195 square feet of meeting space, including 16 meeting rooms.

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts announced last week a 127-room hotel in the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead, to open in January 2008. The Mansion on Peachtree, a Rosewood Hotel, will be a 42-story octagonal tower designed by American architect Robert Stern and will feature an 80-seat restaurant, a 30-seat library lounge, a garden area for events and a 14,500-square-foot spa. Also planned is a 170-seat restaurant in a separate mansion.

John Q. Hammons Hotels announced last week plans for a 320-room Renaissance Hotel with 80,000 square feet of meeting space in Colorado Springs, Colo., scheduled to open in spring 2009. The property will be part of an 800,000-square-foot shopping center, which will open in phases beginning in August 2007.

Gemstone Resorts International announced on Monday that it will manage a new 130-room boutique hotel in Kansas City, Mo., which is slated to open in summer 2008. A spokesperson for Gemstone said the property has not been named, nor have plans been finalized, but the hotel, which will be part of a 2.4-acre office and retail development to be called West Edge, is expected to include a fitness center, a day spa, a rooftop pool, an indoor-outdoor bar and nightclub, and 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

Denihan Hospitality Group has made a deal to buy the 140-room Fitzpatrick Chicago Hotel, a boutique property on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close next month. A spokesperson for Denihan said the company expects to complete a "full renovation" of the property, but details have not yet been released.

Plans currently are being finalized for the last phase of a $69 million renovation and expansion project at the 92-room Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vt. The first phase, completed last year, included renovation of the resort's guest rooms and an expansion of spa services. Two new swimming pools will open this summer, along with a restaurant with indoor and patio seating. By the end of 2007, the resort expects to add 70 new guest rooms as well as additional meeting space, transform its fine-dining restaurant into an American bistro, redesign the resort's entrance and replace its function tent with a permanent "barn" facility for special events.

The 499-room Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel, sold last summer, has been renamed the Renaissance Montura Hotel. The property, a stone's throw from Los Angeles International Airport, will see a $3 million renovation this summer of the 18,000 square feet of meeting space and of the lobby restaurant. The rest of the hotel was renovated recently.

The 352-room Halifax Marriott Harbourfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia, opened Monday. The hotel, Canada's 50th Marriott, has 17,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants and a spa. The property is next to a casino.