San Francisco's 199-room Hotel Vitale
opens today, one of only two major local openings planned for 2005.
The Joi de Vivre Hospitality property, which JDV president Chip
Conley has called a "post-hip hotel," offers 1,700 square feet of
meeting space and several outdoor event spaces that capitalize on
the hotel's Embarcadero Waterfront environs, as well as a penthouse
The Baltimore, Md., Development Corp.,
the agency responsible for the city's economic growth, requested on
March 4 that bids be submitted for a proposed 750-room headquarters
hotel for its convention center, to be managed by Hilton. The $290
million hotel, just north of Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore
Orioles, is due to open in 2008. A spokesperson at the Baltimore
Area Convention & Visitors Authority said the city estimated
121,500 room nights have been lost over the last thee years due to
the lack of a convention headquarters hotel.