December 15, 2004

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will open the 200-room Westin Huntsville in Huntsville, Ala., in fall 2006. The new hotel is part of the $200 million O&S Holdings BridgeStreet development, with shopping, dining, offices and residences.

The 723-room Jamaica Renaissance Grande Beach Resort has been sold to a Jamaican company and will be renamed the Sunset Jamaica Grande in January. The all-inclusive hotel is closed until Jan. 8 for renovations and the development of a spa/fitness center and a water sport center. The property has 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

Construction began last week in Sacramento, Calif., on a 239-suite Residence Inn by Marriott. With a development cost of $53 million, the hotel will offer a to-be-determined amount of meeting space. It is expected to open by summer 2006.

A 200-room Hilton Garden Inn is now open in San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo. The property features 1,872 square feet of meeting space.

The 310-room Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa celebrated its grand opening last weekend on California’s Morongo Indian Reservation in the San Bernardino area, east of Los Angeles. Aside from a casino floor with 2,000 slot machines and Sage, a luxury spa, the property offers 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

Denver-based developers J. Herzog & Sons have purchased the Knoxville (Tenn.) Hilton for $21 million. The 317-room downtown property will continue to sport the Hilton brand but will undergo renovations, according to the new owners.