The 188-room Driskill Hotel in Austin,
Texas, has been purchased by an undisclosed new owner for $55
million. The property, built in 1886, will be managed by
Destination Hotels & Rresorts. The Driskill, in the heart of
downtown Austin, offers 14,837 square feet of meeting space.
Hilton Garden Inn, which this year
embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, says it aims to keep
going. The chain will open 45 hotels a year for the next three
years. This year, Hilton Garden Inn will open 42 properties by
year-end, including hotels in Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle and San
Antonio, Texas. Hilton Garden Inns range in size from 80 to 357
rooms, with most offering between 125 and 175 rooms. Opening
yesterday was the 369-room Hilton Garden Inn in New York City.
In Manhattan, the 125-room Holiday Inn
Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue opened Oct. 14.
Sage Hospitality Resources has
purchased the Cherry Valley Lodge, a resort and conference center
in Newark, Ohio, reportedly for $15.5 million. The resort has 200
guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of conference space. An
announcement will be made before the year's end about possible
renovations to the resort.
Construction is under way on the US$820
million Darwin City Waterfront project in Australia's Northern
Territory, which will include the Darwin Convention and Exhibition
Centre, a hotel, recreational facilities, and residential and
commercial elements. To open in 2008, the DCEC will feature 43,000
square feet of exhibit space.
The Royal Sonesta Hotel, a 500-room
hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter, claims that Oct. 14-16 it
held the city's first corporate meeting since the devastation of
Hurricane Katrina in late August. Corporate events and
accommodations were arranged for a group of 35 doctors attending an
event by Switzerland-based Alcon Inc., which has its U.S.
headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Adam's Mark Winston-Salem was renamed the Winston-Salem
Marriott on Oct. 13. A $20 million renovation has just been
completed at the 325-room hotel, which has 13,000 square feet of
Twelve Marriotts in New Orleans will begin accepting guests on Nov.
1. The hotels question are the JW Marriott; New Orleans Marriott;
New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center; Renaissance Arts
Hotel; Courtyard New Orleans/Convention Center; Courtyard New
Orleans/Covington-Mandeville; Courtyard New Orleans Downtown near
the French Quarter; Courtyard New Orleans-Metairie; Residence Inn
New Orleans-Downtown; Residence Inn New Orleans-Metairie;
SpringHill Suites New Orleans-Convention Center, and TownePlace
Suites New Orleans-Metairie. Area Marriotts still closed are the
Fairfield Inn Kenner-New Orleans Airport; Renaissance Pere
Marquette; Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans; and Ritz-Carlton, Maison
Orleans. Still closed in Point Clear, Ala., is the Grand Hotel
Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa.
Los Angeles' Westin Bonaventure Hotel received permission from the
city council on Monday to convert 30 percent of its 1,354 guest
rooms to condo units. After the city had agreed to grant $290
million in subsidies and loans to the recently inked Hilton
headquarters hotel next to the Los Angeles Convention Center,
Bonaventure owner Peter Zen threatened to fight the project, saying
the city was unfairly subsidizing new competition. Zen had filed a
lawsuit against the developers as early as April and in recent
weeks began organizing a petition drive for a ballot referendum.
Zen has agreed to drop all legal action in return for the right to
go ahead with his condo project.