January 05, 2005

The 106-room Park Plaza Belfast has opened in the Northern Ireland capital. The property has 10 meeting rooms; it is the first Park Plaza Hotels and Resorts property in Northern Ireland.

In late December, Raleigh, N.C.-based Winston Hotels announced its $3.1 million purchase of an historic residential building adjacent to the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. The property will undergo renovations and be converted into a 123-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel. “We intend to take advantage of the architectural significance of the building, which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” said Joe Green, Winston’s president and CFO. The new hotel should open in the second quarter of 2006.

The 426-room Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort unveiled a new 12,000-square-foot spa at year’s end, offering two saunas and eight treatment rooms, two of which are beachside. The property also offers, as always, 25,000 square feet of meeting space and an 18-hole, 72-par golf course.