Construction is under way on the Westin
Beale Street Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., a $40 million, 203-room
upscale property across from the FedExForum basketball arena, home
to the Memphis Grizzlies. A floor of the hotel has been designed
with basketball players in mind, with tall ceilings, doors and
showerheads. The property is expected to open in the first quarter
A preliminary agreement has been signed
to develop the 350-room Westin Curaçao Resort and Casino. The
Netherlands Antilles resort will feature a 15,000- to
20,000-square-foot spa; more than 20,000 square feet of restaurant,
lounge and meeting space; a 15,000-square-foot casino, and 260
timeshares. The resort is expected to open by December 2008.
The boutique 41-room Adara Hotel has opened in Whistler, British
Columbia, the popular ski resort. Rooms feature fireplaces,
high-speed Internet connections, luxury bedding and linens. Some
units have flat-screen TVs, full kitchens and mountain views. Hotel
amenities include 24-hour guest services, an outdoor heated pool
and a hot tub.
A more than $5 million renovation has
been completed at the 251-room Marriott Plaza San Antonio. The work
refurbished the guest rooms, lobby, public areas, restaurant and
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has
purchased the 204-room Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The company plans to add a new restaurant and to renovate the
resort, with work to be completed by the end of 2006. A $9 million
refurbishment of the property was finished at the end of 2004, when
the hotel's name was changed from the SunBurst Resort to the Caleo
Resort & Spa. The property offers 14,000 square feet of meeting
Hilton Hotels Corp. announced this week
that eCheck-in, its new online check-in service program, is
available to its Gold and Diamond VIP Hilton HHonors members. The
eCheck-in program allows members to check in from 36 hours before
to within two hours of arrival at the property. The service will be
implemented across Hilton's portfolio of brands, including Hilton,
Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hampton Inn
& Suites, Conrad and Hilton Garden Inn by January 2006.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will
manage a new resort, the Fairmont Zimbali, in South Africa's
KwaZulu-Natal province. The property, to open in 2009, will include
a championship golf course and a spa.
Brown's Hotel in London has reopened
following a $34 million, 20-month refurbishment. The property, now
part of Rocco Forte Hotels, has 117 guest rooms, including 15
suites; six meeting rooms; a restaurant, bar and tea room; and a
gym with three spa treatment rooms.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has
announced a new hotel will open in Prague in early 2009. To be
named Le Royal Méridien Prague, the 165-room property will be in
the Czech Republic capital's historic district. It will offer a
restaurant, a street café and a bar. The amount of meeting space
has not yet been determined. This is the first new Le Méridien to
be announced following Starwood's acquisition of the brand.