NYC & Company announced last week
that 5,000 hotel rooms will come online in New York City within the
next two years. Unfortunately for meeting planners, most of these
properties will be small, limited-service or redesigns of current
properties. Only a 175-room Sheraton and hot hotelier Andre BalazsÕ
344-room Standard (both to open in 2007) will be new-built,
full-service hotels with substantially more than 100 rooms.
Hilton International will open an
upscale resort in Puerto IguazS, Argentina, next to the famous
IguazS Falls on the border of Brazil and Paraguay. The Hilton
IguazS Resort, opening in 2008, will feature a marina offering boat
trips to the falls. In addition to 158 guest rooms, the resort will
have a restaurant, several outdoor pools, a spa, a gym and a
16,146-square-foot conference center.
The French Lick Springs Resort and Casino is closed for 13 months
in an effort to speed up its $300 million expansion and renovation
project. When work is complete in December 2006, the resorts will
offer a combined 680 guest rooms and more than 75,000 square feet
of meeting and exhibit space. An 80,000-square-foot casino will be
run by Blue Sky Casino LLC.
Ground was broken last week on the
expansion of the 168-room Lakeway Inn and Conference Resort in
Austin, Texas. Plans for the Dolce International property include
the construction of 16 spa guest rooms, a new 5,200-square-foot
ballroom and a 5,500-square-foot spa and fitness center.
According to the Austin Business
Journal, Kimpton Hotels & Resorts will manage a new
250-room property being built in Austin, Texas. Construction could
begin by May, with an opening scheduled for August 2007.
The 300-room Clarion Hotel in Fort
Worth, Texas, has been purchased by Pearl Investments and will be
turned into a Hotel Indigo, an InterContinental Hotels brand. The
transformation is expected to take about a year.
Neptune Hospitality Advisors is
acquiring the 288-room Hilton Salt Lake City Airport. The hotel,
with more than 8,300 square feet of meeting space, will undergo a
$6.25 million renovation and will remain a Hilton.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has
opened the 222-suite Westin Trillium House at the 32-acre Village
at Blue Mountain ski resort in Collingwood, Ontario, about 90
minutes from Toronto. In addition to 10,000 square feet of meeting
space with outdoor access, the property features mountainside ski
lockers and changing facilities, a heated outdoor pool, a fitness
facility, a restaurant and high-speed Internet access.
The 460-room Doubletree Guest Suites
Times Square New York City has completed a $12 million renovation
of its guest rooms. Accommodations now feature the Sweet Dreams by
Doubletree Sleep Experience bed, 27-inch flat-screen TVs, two-line
speakerphones, safes, microwaves, refrigerators, ergonomically
designed work areas with high-speed Internet access, and fold-out
sofa beds. The hotel has more than 6,000 square feet of meeting
The Kor Hotel Group bought its first San Francisco property last
week, the 110-room Campton Place Hotel. Kor took over management of
the hotel last Thursday. No renovation plans are in place.
The 370-room Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey, Calif., which offers
50,000 square feet of function space, will undergo renovations to
its VIP guest floor and three of its ballrooms. The property will
spend $8 million and is scheduled to complete renovations by