December 17, 2003

Atlanta's historical Glenn Building reportedly will be turned into an upscale hotel by early 2005. Embassy Suites is planning to open approximately 120 guest rooms in the building, which is near Centennial Olympic Park in the city's burgeoning Downtown district. The area also will be home to the Georgia Aquarium, slated to open in 2005, and the repositioned World of Coca-Cola, which will be completed in 2006.

Rezidor SAS Hospitality this week opened three hotels in Scandinavia under its Park Inn brand. They are the 197-room Park Inn Copenhagen Airport, which offers 10 meeting rooms; the 208-room Park Inn Stavanger, formerly the Radisson SAS Globetrotter Hotel, with 11 meeting rooms; and the 70-room Park Inn Jonkoping, in south Sweden on Lake Vattern, which has three meeting rooms.

The 511-room Hyatt Regency Denver has begun a renovation of 485 of its rooms and 21 of its suites (the five presidential suites will be refurbished next year). The property's 41,000 square feet of meeting space also is part of the renovation, which will finish up by the end of April. The work coincides with the expansion of the city's convention center, which is scheduled to be completed next December.

Historic Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wis., 90 minutes northwest of Chicago, announced last week a renovation to more than 150 of its 284 guest rooms, as well as its public space and 31,000 square feet of meeting space. The project, which includes replacing the carpeting, furniture and lighting, will be completed in May.

Last Thursday, the 158-room Chelsea Grand hotel opened in downtown New York City. When the restaurant is completed in February, the property will become the city's first Four Points by Sheraton. As to whether more Four Points properties might spring up in New York City, a spokesperson said, "I wouldn't rule it out."

The Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, Switzerland, has opened a new, $13 million spa. The facility, called E'SPA, has 14 treatment rooms.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is renaming two of its Thailand properties. The company announced Monday the Regent Bangkok will be called the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, while the Regent Chiang Mai will be named the Four Seasons Resort Chang Mai. According to a company executive, staff at both properties will remain unchanged. "As Four Seasons continues to grow around the world, it is timely to rename the hotels," he said.

At the turn of the new year, the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Ariz., will become a JW Marriott Resort. The 453-room property offers 40,000 square feet of meeting space, 36 holes of golf and a 27,000-square-foot spa.

From luxury to economy, bed bugs are staging a comeback at hotels. According to the New York Times, two Mexico City businessmen have filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Manhattan against the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel for unspecified damages. The father and son charge that they suffered severe allergic reactions after being bitten numerous times by bedbugs after a three-day stay at the hotel in June. Likewise, in November, a Chicago jury awarded $372,000 to a brother and sister in town for a trade show, who charged they were bitten by bedbugs while staying at a Motel 6 in the city in November 2002.