January 12, 2005

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has announced plans to build the 230-room Westin Monache in Mammoth, Calif. The mountain property will include more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space. Construction is set to begin in the spring, with an opening set for spring 2007.

This week marks the grand opening of the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter. The 306-room Marriott, now open after a 14-month, $45 million overhaul of a former Stanford Hotels-owned property, offers 8,000 square feet of meeting space.

At Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., an upscale meeting and banquet facility opened at the start of the new year. Horizon Point has 6,800 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including two ballrooms, a dining room and a terrace, as well as four spa treatment rooms. The facility is adjacent to the new 42-room Falling Rock Lodge, the propertyƕs luxury hotel within a hotel. The resort now has 335 guest rooms and 31,000 square feet of meeting space.

Tsunami damage has delayed the opening of the 56-room Sarojin, a luxury boutique-style resort due to have opened this week in Khao Lak, Thailand. One staff member died as a result of the Dec. 26 tragedy, and three guests are missing. The hotel was undergoing a trial opening when the tsunami struck, but now will not open until April. Meanwhile, in north Thailand, this week saw the opening of the new luxury Kirimaya Golf Resort Spa. The resort has two restaurants, an 18-hole golf course and meeting space for 244 people.

The Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach (Fla.) Oceanfront reopened on Jan. 5 following an $8 million renovation resulting from last year's hurricanes, according to a hotel spokesperson. The 148-room hotel had been closed since Sept. 5.

A 220-room Hilton Garden Inn will be built across from the newly expanded Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The $35 million property will offer 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

Trinity Hotel Investors and Glenmont Capital Management have purchased the 157-room La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa in Santa Fe, N.M. The property, which offers a 4,500-square-foot conference center, will continue to be management by RockResorts.