Singapore-based Raffles International
will manage a new hotel in Shanghai, China, under its Swissotel
flag. The 478-room hotel, to be called the Swissotel Grand
Shanghai, will open in 2007. It will be Raffles' first Shanghai
Sonesta International Hotels Corp. will
develop a luxury resort on the beachfront site of the current
300-room Sonesta Beach Resort in Key Biscayne, Fla. Construction on
the new 350-room hotel, which will replace the older property, will
begin in August 2006; it will offer a spa, a gym, meeting space and
restaurants. No date was given for the completion of the new
The 129-room Park Plaza Cardiff will
open Feb. 3 in Wales. The property has 10 meeting rooms; a health
club and spa will open in June.
City officials in Santa Cruz, Calif.,
began public hearings last night regarding a proposed hotel and
conference center package valued at $100 million. Overlooking
Cowell Beach and the municipal wharf, the 270-room headquarters
hotel would replace the long-standing Coast Santa Cruz Hotel, which
will be demolished if the plan is approved. The new facility would
feature a 1,200-seat main event space.
The 244-room Westward Look Resort outside Tucson is now managed by
Gemstone Resorts International. The property offers 20,000 square
feet of indoor and outdoor function space.
Now open in San Antonio is the
redesigned La Quinta Convention Center. Following a $30 million
project, the property now offers 350 rooms and 8,000 square feet of
Clinton Street Investments LLC, an
affiliate of the Hotel Group Opportunity Fund II, has purchased the
263-room Sheraton Denver Tech Center from Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide. Starwood will continue to manage the property as
The 300-room Seaview Marriott Resort
& Spa in Galloway, N.J., 15 minutes from Atlantic City,
announced last week the addition of a 9,900-square foot banquet
facility, to include a 6,600-square-foot ballroom. The facility
will open in May, bringing the propertyÕs meeting space to 27,000
Groundbreaking took place Jan. 13 for the first Wingate Inn in
Manhattan. The $20 million, 92-room business hotel will be near
Madison Square Garden and is scheduled to open in late 2006.
Wingate Inns include a boardroom and small meeting room.
John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to develop
a four-story, 150-suite Residence Inn by Marriot near Kansas City
International Airport in Kansas City, Mo. Construction will begin
in summer 2005, and the grand opening is scheduled for 2006.
The Hyatt Regency Denver has been
renamed the Grand Hyatt Denver. A $15 million renovation, ongoing
since 2003, includes upgrades to the 511 guest rooms, the addition
of 20,000 square feet of meeting space and a revamp of the existing
space (to be completed this quarter), and a redesign of the lobby,
to be completed in 2006. All told, the hotel has more than 62,000
square feet of meeting space.
Hilton Hotels Corp. has signed a
contract with Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. to provide
certified trained personal trainers at the chain's domestic
properties. The program, to launch Feb. 1, will include more than
5,000 personal trainers available to guests at an hourly rate, as
well as a Bally-designed in-room mini-gym complete with yoga mats
and hand weights.