December 01, 2004

The Holiday Inn University Park Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa, will be reflagged the Sheraton West Des Moines in February. The 285-room property also will undergo a $3 million renovation, according to owner John Q. Hammons Hotels Inc.

Now open is the 223-room Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Maryland's Montgomery County. The center provides 35,537 square feet of meeting space in the form of 21 meeting rooms, including a 23,303-square-foot ballroom, plus four on-site dining options, an indoor pool, nearby golf and tennis courts.

Saddleback Mountain ski area in Rangeley, Maine, unveiled a $12 million expansion last week, as well as plans for a 125-room, meeting space-equipped hotel, to be opened next year. Awaiting returning skiers this month are a new 36,000-square-foot base lodge, two extended trails, seven new trails and a snowboarding terrain park.