October 05, 2005

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 meeting space.

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 70 people.

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.