September 07, 2005

Ground has been broken on a 32-story addition to the 364-room Westin Providence (R.I.). The addition, being developed by the Procaccianti Group, will include 200 guest rooms and 103 condos, known as the Residences at the Westin Providence. The hotel, which is connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center, plans to begin booking guests in the new rooms in August 2007.

The historic Bedford Springs Hotel in Bedford, Pa., which has been closed for 16 years, will be reopened in May 2007 following a $90 million renovation. The reborn hotel will offer 218 rooms, an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course that debuted in 1923, three tennis courts, a 13,000-square-foot spa and 19,000 square feet of meeting space. The property, a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh, was opened in 1806 and served as the summer residence of President James Buchanan, where he received the United States' first transatlantic cable in 1857. Benchmark Hospitality International will manage the property.

The 180-room Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, has reopened after a $40 million renovation. The property has 13 meeting rooms and a spa.

The 92-room Le Meridien Hotel Des Indes in the Hague, Holland, reopens Sept. 12. Extensive renovations have been completed at the property, which first opened in 1881. It offers 10 meeting rooms for up to 100 people.

The Darrell Royal Ballroom at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, has been expanded to 8,240 square feet. The 300-room property now offers more than 33,000 square feet of meeting space, 72 holes of golf and a full-service spa.