June 30, 2004

The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera outside Vail, Colo., reopens tomorrow following a $5 million renovation, including guest room improvements such as expanded bathrooms and private patios behind new French doors. Also new is the 11,000-square-foot sun deck. Renovations of the 3,000 square feet of meeting space brought in new furniture, lighting and electronics. Five treatment rooms were added to the spa, bringing the total to 12. Also new is the Mirador restaurant, a wine cellar next to the kitchen and a 14-seat private dining area with a courtyard.

Raffles International will manage a 235-room hotel in Moscow under the Swissotel brand. When it opens next May, the property will be called the Swissotel Riverside Towers, Moscow. On the eastern tip of the Kremlin Island between the Moscow River and the Obvodny Channel, the 34-story hotel will include meeting and convention rooms, a spa, a gym, a pool and several restaurants.

Wyndham International has agreed to sell four East Coast properties valued at approximately $227 million to Highland Hospitality Corp. The transaction, which is expected to take place over the next two to three months, includes the 495-room Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta and the 510-room Hilton Parsippany (N.J.). Also being sold are the 322-room Tremont Boston - A Wyndham Historic Hotel, and the 360-room Wyndham Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge, N.Y. Both of these will be rebranded this summer.

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler opened this week, the company's first mountain resort in Canada. Found at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C., the 242-room ski-side property offers a spa, a 90-seat bistro and 9,885 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.

The 161-room Hyatt on Printers Row, in Chicago's South Loop, will be closing in December. The hotel will be converted to condominiums.

The 146-room Courtyard by Marriott at Saratoga Springs opens tomorrow in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The hotel has five meeting rooms totaling 3,000 square feet.

The 224-room Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview - Niagara Falls opened Friday, two blocks away from the falls in Niagara Falls, Ont. The Canadian resort has 10,000 square feet of meeting space. A full-service Aveda spa will open in mid-July.

The 44-acre Scottsdale Radisson Resort & Spa has been purchased by Starpointe Communities from Meristar Holdings. Interstate Hotels and Resorts will manage the 318-room property while Starpointe, which specializes in condominiums and multifamily housing, considers redevelopment possibilities for the site.