Owners of the 512-room Hyatt San Jose
(Calif.) are considering converting part of the hotel into
condominiums. Initial discussions project the addition of a
305-foot condo tower, which would become the tallest building in
San Jose, and the conversion of some of the hotel's guest rooms
The 838-room Sheraton Seattle Hotel
& Towers announced the beginning of a $112 million expansion
this week. Ground is scheduled to be broken this month on a
415-room, 25-story tower, and 31,000 square feet of meeting space
also will be added. When finished, the property, adjacent to the
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, will have 1,253
rooms and 75,000 square feet of meeting space. Renovations are
expected to wrap by spring 2007.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort and
Convention Center has replaced 10 of its 21 luxury buses, which
provide guests transportation to Nashville attractions and can be
used for charter by convention groups. The resort plans to add
three buses a year for the next three years, replacing its entire
fleet by 2009.
The 505-room Maritim Hotel Berlin opens
this week in the Tiergarten quarter of the German capital. The
property has 18 meeting rooms and 45,000 square feet of exhibit
Officials at the 2,300-room Wynn Las
Vegas, which opened in April, announced plans to add a 1,600-seat
theater to house Monty Python's Broadway musical "Spamalot." The
Spamalot Experience & Grail Theatre will open in 2007 and stage
the production for at least seven years.
On Aug. 1, Mexican hotel company Palace Resorts opened Le Blanc Spa
Resort in Cancun, the first in a line of adults-only hotels. The
260-room hotel has an Italian restaurant, a spa, a private lagoon,
four meeting rooms and a 6,000-square-foot ballroom.
A 104-room Hilton Garden Inn opened in downtown Ithaca, N.Y., last
week, in a Cornell University building. The hotel has 1,300 square
feet of meeting space.
Construction has begun on Santosha Retreat and Spa, an 18-room
resort on the east coast of Barbados, an area previously untouched
by hotel developers. Some of the rooms will feature private
courtyards and plunge pools, the spa will have eight treatment
rooms, and the restaurant will feature an open kitchen. An opening
date has yet to be set.