Hotel Beat 3-1-2006

Coralville, Iowa
New Center to Open
This August, the 286-room Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center opens its doors. The long-awaited property will feature 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 30,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 21 meeting rooms, a business center and an indoor pool. The entire facility will be smoke-free. Scheduled to open on Earth Day (April 22) 2008 is The Environmental Project, featuring a 4.5-acre re-creation of a rainforest with an integrated freshwater aquarium.

Newport Beach, Calif.
A Big Birthday
Newport Beach is turning 100, and a round of hotel renovations has readied the town for yearlong centennial festivities. The 532-room Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa wrapped up a $70 million renovation in January that included a new 13,000-square-foot Revive Spa. This month, the 425-room Fairmont Newport Beach finishes a $27 million renovation of all meeting and banquet space.

CA, Anaheim
The Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center opens this month with 252 rooms and 7,700 square feet of meeting space.

CA, Tiburon
The 102-room Lodge at Tiburon opens this month after a $5.5 million transformation into a luxury hotel/conference center. The venue has 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

CO, Denver
The $44 million Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center opened in January. The property features 229 suites and 1,500 square feet of meeting space.

FL, Orlando
The 394-room Hotel Royal Plaza in the Walt Disney World Resort reopened in January after closing in August 2004 due to damage caused by Hurricane Charley. The property offers 17,500 square feet of meeting space.

KY, Lexington
With 430 rooms and suites and 18,000 square feet of meeting space, the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort finished a $12.5 million renovation in January. The resort features a Rees Jones-designed golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, massage/fitness facilities and four restaurants.

MI, Plymouth
The St. John’s Golf & Conference Center, which opened about 25 miles west of Detroit in 1999, added its first hotel in January and renamed the complex The Inn at St. John’s. In addition to the 118-room hotel, the development has 42,000 square feet of meeting space and 27 holes of golf.

MO, Kansas City
The former Fairmont Kansas City at the Plaza became the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in January. Renovations will continue through 2007. The hotel has 366 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space.

Conrad Hotel

Standing Tall. Conrad’s first new-build hotel in the United States, the Conrad Indianapolis, opens this month with 243 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space, plus a spa and a French brasserie-style restaurant. The Conrad is connected by skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center, the RCA Dome and the Circle Center Mall. (317) 713-5000;

MT, Missoula
The 146-room Hilton Garden Inn Missoula, with its Missoula Conference Center, opened in February with 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 13,200-square-foot ballroom.

NY, Niagara Falls
The 604-room, $200 million Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has been opening in stages and should be finished next month. The venue has a 150,000-square-foot casino, 35,000 square feet of meeting space and a spa.

VA, Arlington
The $75 million, 336-room Westin Arlington Gateway opens this month as part of a new mixed-use development in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood. The hotel has 10,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,800-square-foot ballroom.