Ground has been broken on the 308-suite
Embassy Suites Hotel and the adjoining Concord Convention Center in
Concord, N.C.; the facilities will open in summer 2006. The
convention center will offer 75,000 square feet of meeting space
and supplement the $60 million hotel's 15,000 square feet. Close to
the hotel site is the 167,000-seat Lowe's Motor Speedway, home to
several NASCAR events.
Hilton Hotels Group will manage a new hotel in Jakarta, the capital
of Indonesia. The 320-room Conrad Jakarta will open in the city's
business district in 2008. The hotel also will offer six
restaurants, a gym, tennis and squash courts, a rooftop garden with
a pool and dining, a spa, a ballroom and 20 meeting rooms.
Renovations have been completed at the
Avanyu Spa, part of the 157-room La Posada de Santa Fe Resort &
Spa in Santa Fe, N.M. The 4,500-square-foot facility offers eight
treatment rooms, a new couples treatment area and a private
eucalyptus steam room.
Orient-Express Hotels is increasing the
meeting and function space at the 226-room Copacabana Palace Hotel
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by 11,000 square feet. The $4 million
project will be finished in March 2006 and will include the
reopening of an area that has been closed for many years: the
Casino Rooms, where singer Carmen Miranda was discovered.
Currently, the hotel has 10 meeting rooms, including the ornate
Golden Room for up to 450 people.
The 215-room Crowne Plaza
Hartford-Cromwell opened in Hartford, Conn., last week. The hotel
was reflagged following a $3 million conversion from the Radisson
Hotel and Conference Center, Cromwell. The property is a 15-minute
drive from the new Connecticut Convention Center and offers more
than 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a
The 225-room Park Hyatt Dubai has
opened next door to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
Amenities include six restaurants and bars, an eight-treatment-room
spa and five meeting rooms, including a 2,755-square-foot
Honolulu-based Aston Hotels & Resorts has changed its name to
ResortQuest Hawaii, taking on the name of its Tennessee-based
parent company. The chain offers 28 properties in Hawaii: 12 on
Oahu, nine on Maui, four on Kauai and three on the Big Island. Name
changes for individual properties have yet to be determined.
Executive Hotel Seattle LLC has
purchased the city's historical 160-room Pacific Plaza Hotel. The
new owners plan a $4.5 million renovation to the property's guest
rooms and public areas, set for completion by early 2006. The
property, to be managed by Vancouver, B.C.-based Executive Hotels
& Resorts, will be renamed the Executive Hotel Pacific.
A major guest room renovation, to be completed next spring, was
launched yesterday at the 339-room Hyatt Regency Rochester (N.Y.).
The updated rooms will feature Grand Beds, leather armchairs and
new carpeting, artwork, desk furniture and light fixtures, along
with granite vanity tops, cherry cabinetry and new tiling in the
bathrooms. The hotel has 13,500 square feet of meeting space,
including an 8,940-square-foot ballroom.