Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage has
completed the $7.9 billion acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group,
also based in Las Vegas. The new company now owns and manages 24
hotel-casinos. In other news, Mandalay sold its 53.5 percent share
in the MotorCity Casino in Detroit for approximately $525 million.
That property is in the planning stages to build a 400-room hotel
The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island will embark on a major
renovation that will be completed by the end of 2006. Landscaping
of the 11-acre property will be improved and all 451 guest rooms
overhauled. Other changes will be seen at the pool, and a new
restaurant, Don the Beachcomber's Tiki Grill & Bar, will
replace the Tropics Restaurant. The hotel will remain open during
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels &
Resorts opened its first hotel in India on April 22. The 162-room
Traders Hotel, Chennai, has three executive floors, three
restaurants, a bar, a pool and a 5,555-square-foot ballroom, among
other amenities. The Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi, will open later
The 232-room Four Seasons Hotel Doha,
on the Arabian Gulf in Qatar, opened on April 23. The property
offers a private beach, a 110-berth marina, 17,980 square feet of
meeting space and a spa with 12 treatment rooms.
The Oklahoma Publishing Co., which owns
The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., has purchased the
91-room Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo. The purchase price of the
116-year-old property was not revealed.
The former Radisson Inn Colorado
Springs (Colo.) is now the Academy Hotel. The 200-room hotel offers
more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space.
West Paces Hotel Group, run by former
Ritz-Carlton executive Horst Schulze, has been chosen to manage the
272-room Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Ariz.,
between Scottsdale and Phoenix. The former La Posada resort is
getting a $100 million makeover by owner Crown Realty &
A $3.5 million renovation was completed
in early April at the 242-room Sheraton Denver West Hotel. All
rooms plus the propertyÕs 18,000 square feet of meeting space
received the facelift. Later this year, work will begin on a
renovation of the health club.
In its second year of rating hotel and resort spas, the
Mobil Travel Guide has identified its first five-star spa.
Spa Montage at the 262-room Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, Calif.,
won the award, defined (a bit floridly) as providing Òconsistently
superlative service in an exceptionally distinctive luxury
environment with extensive amenities.Ó Three and four stars were
bestowed on 69 other spas in the United States and Canada, up from
48 in the 2004 listings. The ratings are based on more than 450
attributes, measured during unannounced visits.
Raffles International will manage its first property in Dubai. The
240-room Raffles Dubai will open in 2007 in Wafi City, a shopping
and entertainment district. The hotel will feature a RafflesAmrita
spa, nine F&B outlets, seven meeting rooms, a ballroom and a
Òsky gardenÓ with an orchid display at its center.