John W. Marriott III announced he will
leave his post as executive vice president, lodging, at Marriott
International in January 2006, where he has worked with his father,
Bill Marriott, for close to 30 years. John Marriott will become CEO
of J.W.M. Family Enterprises LP, a private partnership he launched
12 years ago. Keeping his hand in the family business, Marriott
will take the position of vice chairman of Marriott International's
board of directors.
The 225-room Crowne Plaza St.
Louis-Clayton in St. Louis, formerly the Radisson Hotel Clayton,
opened Friday. Following a complete guest room renovation and the
addition of an $8.5 million Executive Tower, the hotel now offers
14 meeting rooms totaling more than 20,000 square feet, including
an 8,000-square-foot ballroom.
Brown's Hotel in London will reopen
Dec. 12 following a 20-month, $33 million renovation. The 117-room
property, part of Rocco Forte Hotels, has six conference rooms, a
business center, banquet facilities and a fitness center with three
spa treatment rooms.
Construction has begun on an expansion
to the 584-room Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The work will
add a 14,635-square-foot ballroom and approximately 5,000 square
feet of prefunction space. The hotel already has approximately
40,000 square feet of indoor event space, with another 50,000
square feet outside.
Nikko Hotels International plans two hotels in the United Arab
Emirates. Nikko Fujairah Resort & Spa opens in December 2006 in
Fujairah, on the Arabian Sea, 46 miles east of Dubai. The 262-room
property will feature a spa and meeting space. Hotel Nikko Tower
Dubai opens in December 2007, near Dubai's convention center. The
487-room hotel will have a spa and 17 meeting rooms.
The Gansevoort Hotel Group, a minichain formed to capitalize on the
success of New York City's Hotel Gansevoort, announced the details
of the two properties planned for Miami and Los Angeles. Gansevoort
South, Miami, to open in fall 2006, will feature 232 rooms, 102
condo-hotel units, a 112-foot rooftop swimming pool, a
40,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a city block full of
boutiques and restaurants. Gansevoort West, Los Angeles, to open in
early 2007, will offer 170 guest rooms, a glass-bottom rooftop pool
over the restaurant, a 1,800-seat amphitheater, two rooftop
lounges, a rooftop restaurant, and a 5,200-square-foot spa and