February 25, 2004

Atlanta-based Noble Investments Group LLC will turn the 605-room Adam's Mark Winston-Salem into two hotels, pending March 22 approval by the Winston-Salem (N.C.) City Council. The hotel's West Tower will become a 318-room Marriott, and the East Tower will become a 150-suite Embassy Suites.

The 1,044-room Melia Caribe Tropical in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, added 40 new golf suites earlier this month, bringing the total number of rooms to 1,084.

Customer satisfaction with the new self-check-in kiosks at Hilton Hotels Group's New York City and Chicago properties has been so high, the company has decided to install them at 25 full-service Hilton meeting properties by year-end. According to Thomas Spitler, vice president of front-office operations and systems, specific destination rollouts have not been decided yet. In addition, Hilton said it expects to implement the kiosk service across its branded portfolio, including Embassay Suites and Hilton Garden Inn.

Last week, the 225-room The Allentown (Pa.) Hotel reopened as the Crowne Plaza-Allentown after a $10 million renovation. The hotel has 11,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 324-suite Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C., will begin a $5.3 million renovation next month. Phase one of the project, which will be finished in April, will refurbish all guest rooms and add a spa with two treatment rooms. The conference and dining areas will be renovated in phase two, for which a completion date has yet to be set.

Regent International Hotels last week announced plans to build a new hotel in the Yangtze River Delta city of Ningbo, 100 miles south of Shanghai, China. The 325-room Regent Ningbo will feature meeting rooms, a business center, an executive lounge and an 11,000-square-foot ballroom. The company plans to open the property in October 2005.

The Royal Riviera, a 113-room property in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, has completed the refurbishment of its four meeting rooms.

The 149-room Sofitel Brussels Europe will open in Belgium in 2006. The property will have six meeting rooms.

Monaco's Metropole Palace will reopen in June, following a head-to-toe renovation. The 146-room property, which has five meeting rooms, will be renamed Hotel Metropole. The property has been closed since September 2003.