The 417-room Royal Palm in Miami Beach,
Fla., has been sold for $127.5 million. The city of Miami has OK'd
a plan to convert 160 guest rooms in a separate area of the
property into condominiums. The 257 rooms in the original tower
will be operated under a new flag; the management company has not
yet been chosen.
Hilton Worldwide Resorts announced
plans to expand its portfolio, concentrating on adding 14 new
luxury resorts by 2007 for a total of 73 such properties worldwide.
Among the new resort locations are Venice, Fiji, Western Australia
and Whistler, B.C.
Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced this week
it is adding self-service check-in/check-out kiosks at more than
100 of its lobbies, across its Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency
properties. The announcement follows a six-month trial period at
the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago and the Grand Hyatt New York.
Installation of the kiosks will take place throughout 2005.
Sonesta International Hotels
Corporation announced Tuesday that it will manage the 124-room
Discovery at Marigot Bay, a luxury resort opening late this year in
St. Lucia. The eco-friendly Caribbean resort will feature a marina,
spa and 2,500 square feet of meeting space.
The 977-room Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Houston is in foreclosure, although the property will continue to
operate normally. Rushlake Hotels USA, which was the owner, was
funding renovations at the property; the final phase of that work,
updates to 300 guest rooms, has been put on hold.
The former Adams Mark Hotel in Grand
Junction, Colo., has been purchased by Stonebridge Companies. The
273-room property will be renamed the Doubletree Hotel Grand
Junction this spring. The hotel has a 12,000-square-foot conference
Reopening March 1 is the renovated
Hilton Houston Post Oak. The 448-room property offers 30,000 square
feet of meeting space.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worlwide
has announced plans to build a St. Regis luxury resort in Deer
Valley, Utah, in the Deer Crest gated community. To open in fall
2007, the property will feature 26 private residences and 67
condominium hotel suites, for a total of 200 rentable rooms. A
24,000-square-foot spa also is planned.
Detroit's 413-room Hotel Pontchartrain,
which was to have been auctioned off in March by creditors, was
purchased last week by Shubh Hotels Detroit LLC for an undisclosed
amount. Adjacent to the Cobo Center, the downtown hotel has run
without a branded operator for the past several years. The new
owners plan to renovate the property, including 13 meeting rooms
offering a combined 13,450 square feet of space.
The 173-room Radisson Hotel Milford in
Milford, Mass., completed a $1.7 million renovation. Common spaces
including the lobby, restaurant and 10,000 square feet of meeting
space have all been updated.
The 250-room Doubletree Hotel-Tarrytown, formerly a Hilton,
opened last week in Tarrytown, N.Y., with new owners and a new
management team, Pyramid Advisors LLC. A $10 million renovation of
the property will begin this summer; in 2006, an 8,000-square-foot
ballroom will be added. Currently the property has 16,000 square
feet of meeting space.