May 04, 2005

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation approved a plan last week to spend $3.3 million renovating the Hilton Mystic (Ct.) hotel, which the tribe bought in 1996. The comprehensive renovations, which include adding high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel and remodeling the guest rooms, Maritime meeting room and business center, fitness center and game room, are scheduled to be completed by June.

Hilton International announced on April 28 that it will open an upscale hotel in Ushuaia, Argentina, which bills itself as the southernmost city in the world. A three-hour flight south of Buenos Aires, Ushuaia is in the country's Tierra del Fuego area. The 150-room property will open in early 2007 and include a restaurant, a bar, a pool, a gym and meeting facilities.

On April 29, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced it will open the Westin Annapolis in Annapolis, Md., as part of a $225 million mixed-use development called Park Place. The hotel, to open in December 2006, will include 225 guest rooms, an upscale restaurant and 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

Four Seasons Hotels will manage a new hotel on the site of the former Hotel Moskva in Moscow, the company said on May 3. The property, on Manezhnaya Square just off Red Square, is due to open at the end of 2007 and will include more than 200 guest rooms, several restaurants and bars, a spa, a gym and meeting space for up to 300 people.

The 485-room Irvine Marriott in Southern California completed a $7.5 million renovation last week. Close on the heels of a spring 2003 renovation, all guest rooms have been overhauled, the concierge lounge has been expanded and a new fitness center has been installed. The property offers 26,000 square feet of meeting space.