December 07, 2005

Ground has been broken on the W Scottsdale Hotel in Arizona. The 224-room property, which will offer a Bliss Spa, will open in mid-2007.

About $3.5 million worth of renovations have been unveiled at the 1,610-room Wyndham Anatole in Dallas. The 4,620-square-foot Wedgwood ballroom was renovated, and the new Gossip bar plus a new concierge lounge were added. One of the city's largest meeting properties, the Anatole offers 341,000 square feet of meeting space, an 80,000-square-foot fitness center, 11 restaurants and lounges and more.

Ground has been broken on the 310-room Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. The resort, to open in the fall, will offer a casino, 99 residences and 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. It will be owned and operated by Columbia Sussex, which also owns and operates the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa in Grand Cayman.

Groundbreaking took place Dec. 1 for the 350-room Hyatt Regency Curaçao. The resort, slated to open in late 2007, will feature an 18-hole Pete Dye golf course, a 9,700-square-foot spa, a 5,800-square-foot casino and 28,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Hyatt properties in Trinidad and on a few other Caribbean islands also are in the works. On Dec. 17, the inaugural Continental flight from Newark, N.J., to Curaçao takes off, the island's only nonstop flight from the Northeast.
Remington Hotel Corp., a major franchisee of hotels, announced plans last week for its first self-branded property, the 530-room Remington Las Montanas Resort Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., with a 15,000-square-foot spa and 65,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. All the rooms will be available for purchase as condominiums. Groundbreaking will occur in late 2006, and the resort will debut in 2008. The company plans to open more hotels with the Remington name, according to senior vice president Jack McHugh.

According to news reports, numerous Japanese hotels have ceased operations in recent weeks due to an unfolding scandal involving architect Hidetsugu Aneha, who has admitted falsifying earthquake-resistance data on hotel and condo projects for several years, resulting in scores of unsafe structures. Properties closing down include the 138-room Sanco Inn Kuwana-Ekimae; the 196-room Sanco Inn Shizuoka; the 162-room Meitetsu Inn Kariya and the 120-room Azu Inn Obu. The 14-story, 260-room Keio Presso Inn Kayabacho, which opened in August 2005 in Tokyo's Chou ward, has suspended operations as well.