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.