The 1,511-room Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on
Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas, is adding a $16 million,
29,000-square-foot entertainment complex. The building will offer a
1,200-square-foot dance floor, four bars and a section for private
parties. The property already has a 25,000-square-foot spa, access
to the 18-hole Cowboys Golf Club and more than 400,000 square feet
of function space.
The 419-room Hyatt Regency La Jolla
(Calif.) completed a $10 million renovation of its guest rooms and
meeting space. The property offers 34,000 square feet of function
space as well as a 32,000-square-foot spa and fitness center.
A 103-room Four Points by Sheraton
opened last week in Plainview, N.Y. The company's first hotel on
Long Island features the Four Comfort Bed and complimentary
high-speed Internet access in all guest rooms, a fitness center and
outdoor pool, a 24-hour business center, and 5,000 square feet of
The all-inclusive, 856-room Riu Ocho
Rios opens on the north coast of Jamaica Oct. 28, weeks earlier
than planned. The hotel, the third Riu property in Jamaica, offers
six restaurants, seven bars and two meeting rooms, holding 100 and
Nisbet Plantation, a luxury resort with
36 cottages on the island of Nevis in the Lesser Antilles, will
reopen at the end of this month after a multimillion-dollar
renovation. Improvements include a new fitness center, new massage
room, replacement of soft goods, renovated bathrooms and
improvement of the dining area.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts began
construction last week on a new hotel and conference center in
Lombard, Ill., which will be called the Westin Lombard, Yorktown
Center. Twenty miles west of downtown Chicago, the 18-story hotel
will have 500 guest rooms and more than 50,000 square feet of
meeting space, including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. Harry
Caray's Restaurant Group will operate two restaurants on the
property, which is scheduled to open before the fall of 2007.
The West Paces Hotel Group, formed by
Horst Schulze, the former president of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.,
has added the Partridge Inn to its portfolio. The Augusta, Ga.,
property will undergo a renovation and expansion, dropping the
number of guest rooms from 156 to 145. The lobby will be enlarged
and improvements made to the dining establishments. The property
has six function spaces, including the Morris Partridge Ballroom
for up to 350 people.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open
the St. Regis Hotel, Mexico City, in 2007. The property, the first
St. Regis in Latin America, will have 189 guest rooms, as well as
approximately 100 private residences. Also planned for the property
is a spa, a wine cellar and several fine-dining restaurants.
Currently, the St. Regis brand comprises 10 properties. Starwood
also plans a Westin hotel on Watson Island in Miami. Part of the
$480-million Island Gardens, an entertainment complex, the property
will have 350 rooms, approximately 15,000 square feet of meeting
space, a 50-berth harbor and a spa. It will open in early 2008.