April 28, 2004

Opening May 1 is the 517-room Corinthia Alfa Hotel in the financial district of Lisbon, Portugal. Conference space will be able to host up to 1,400 for a reception.

Labor contracts at 16 Los Angeles hotels, including the Wilshire Grand, the Millennium Biltmore and the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles, were scheduled to expire on April 15, but the involved parties have extended the deadline to allow for further negotiations. But, in a move to bring labor issues to the forefront of the hospitality industry, hotel employees (members of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Union) handed out pamphlets to delegates attending the Travel Industry Association of America's 36th annual Pow Wow convention in Los Angeles, which kicked off April 25. The pamphlets urged delegates to stay on top of the negotiations through listed websites, a toll-free hotline and e-mail listservs. For further information, log on to http://www.hotellaboradvisor.info, or call (888) 273-4564.

Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group bought the 603-room Adam's Mark Winston Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., taking over ownership immediately. On July 1, Noble also will assume management of the adjacent 200,000-square-foot Benton Convention Center. Noble will spend $25 million to convert the hotel into two separate properties, a 316-room Marriott and a 150-room Embassy Suites. The hotel will operate as an Adam's Mark until the work is completed in mid-2005, but the West Tower, which will be the Embassy Suites, will close during the construction.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts chairman and CEO Barry S. Sternlicht has announced that a portion of the 315-room St. Regis New York will be converted to condominiums as one of a series of "real estate value-enhancing projects." A spokesperson for the hotel said although no definite plans had been made, there was a strong demand for the change, and such a move would bring the St. Regis flagship in line with upcoming condo/hotels in Miami, San Francisco and Anguilla.

A $1 million renovation to the Royal Suite at the 201-room Waldorf Towers in New York City was unveiled last week. When the luxe accommodations aren't housing British royalty and pop culture icons (rates start at $7,500 per night), the 3,193-square-foot suite is available for private events.

Cape Cod's 224-room Sheraton Hyannis Resort in Hyannis, Mass., was reflagged Monday as the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort. Along with its newly refurbished guest rooms and lobby, the 52-acre property offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom.