The Los Angeles branch of
hospitality-employee union Unite HERE resumed negotiations with
eight hotels on Monday, seemingly to little avail. While union
leaders dropped their controversial demands for a two-year
contract, other requests for higher pay and better benefits were
denied. "This proposal," said Fred Muir, spokesperson for the Los
Angeles Hotel Employer's Council, "was not intended for us to take
seriously." While the parties are scheduled to reconvene on
Thursday, both sides claim to be slow to compromise further. "Maybe
there are blue skies ahead," said Muir. "Judging by Monday's
session, though, it doesn't look like that will be soon."
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced last week that it will manage
the 256-room Headquarters Plaza hotel in Morristown, N.J.,
beginning this summer, following a six-month renovation of public
spaces and its 17,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will
be known as the Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza.
The 338-room InterContinental Carlton Cannes in France has opened a
new 10,763-square-foot reception space, the Zephyr Centre; it hosts
up to 1,400 for receptions and 700 for seated events. The property
also has renovated 12 of its 13 pre-existing meeting rooms. With
the new facility, the Carlton now has a total of 16 meeting
Last month, Kimpton Hotels &
Restaurants LLC sold Denver's 489-room Hotel Monaco to PRISA Hotel
LLC for $43.5 million. Kimpton has agreed to continue running the
hotel for the next 10 years. The property offers about 4,000 square
feet of meeting space.
295-room San Marcos Resort and Conference Center in Chandler,
Ariz., will undergo a $3.2 million renovation, including a new
roof, updated technology, upgrades to the golf course and
refurbished bathrooms in the guest rooms. Room renovations will
begin in November. The property, southeast of Phoenix, offers
35,000 square feet of meeting space.
Sonesta International Hotels will
manage a new property in Orlando. Ground will be broken Feb. 16 on
the Sonesta Orlando at Tierra del Sol Resort, which will have 972
two-, three- and four-bedroom vacation homes and condominiums, all
available for rental. Also on the site will be a
100,000-square-foot events facility with a spa, a gym and its own
concierge; several restaurants; banquet space, and a large water
park. The resort is due to open in mid-2006.
French hotel chain Accor will manage
the first hotel being built at the Suvarnabhumi International
Airport in Bangkok. The $70 million Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport
Hotel will open in July; the airport itself opens in September.
The 285-room Holiday Inn University Park Hotel in West Des
Moines, Iowa, will be undergo a $3 million renovation and will be
reflagged the Sheraton West Des Moines. The property, owned by John
Q. Hammons Hotels, will have upgraded guest rooms and suites, plus
a refurbished atrium lounge and meeting space.