March 23, 2005

A luxury eco-hotel will open in 2008 on the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, previously owned by Marlon Brando. Called The Brando, the property will have 30 guest villas. The hotel is being developed by Tahiti Beachcomber S.A., which manages other Polynesian resorts such as the InterContinental Le Moana Resort Bora Bora.

The New Orleans Marriott completes a $14 million renovation this week. The project freshened the hotel's 1,290 rooms, health club, pool deck and 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

As part of a $6.7 million renovation, the La Mon Hotel and Country Club in Castlereagh, Belfast, Northern Ireland, has added 20 rooms and suites, for a total of 100 guest rooms. The property -- which was recently awarded four stars by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board -- has three meeting rooms.

Construction has started in Berlin on the 167-room Wallstreet Park Plaza. The property, which will open in spring 2006, will have a fitness center, three meeting rooms and a 66-seat auditorium.

Corinthia Hotels International will manage a new five-star resort in Haus, Austria. The 182-room Corinthia Ski and Golf Resort, set to open in 2006, will have a golf academy and training center, a spa and a convention center with 4,860 square feet of meeting space.

The 565-room Holiday Inn Select Downtown San Francisco will be converted to a Hilton by the end of this year. The 150-year-old landmark, wedged between Chinatown and the city's financial district, will close in July for top-to-bottom renovations, including the addition of 7,000 square feet of meeting space, for a total of 16,000 square feet.

KOR Hotel Group plans to build two new outposts of its Viceroy luxury line: the Viceroy Anguilla Resort and Residences in the British West Indies and the Viceroy Mayakoba Resort and Residences in Mexico's Riviera Maya. The Anguilla property will span 27 acres and offer 100 suites and 31 private villas, as well as an oceanside, 8,000-square-foot spa. Details for the Mayakoba property have yet to be determined. Both are expected to open by early 2007.