The 130-room/suite Radisson Aquatica Resort on Carlisle Bay opened after an $8 million property-wide renovation. It has meeting space that holds groups up to 400.
A 180-room GuestHouse International Hotel opened in Haikou.
DoubleTree by Hilton reopened in Bristol City after renovations to its public areas and all 201 guest rooms. The hotel has nine meeting rooms.
A joint initiative between London’s QEII Conference Center and the Central Hall Westminster next door has created combined event space for up to 2,160 people.
The Renaissance Johor Bahru opened with 345 guest rooms, seven meeting rooms and four restaurants.
A 213-room/suite Crowne Plaza opened in Duqm. The beachfront hotel has an event center with two ballrooms, one boardroom and four meeting rooms.
The 41-room Aranwa Pueblito Encantado opened in Colca Valley. Each room has views of the Andes and features solar-powered heat and hot water. The resort has one divisible 250-seat multifunction room.
The 506-room/suite Crowne Plaza Madinah opened with a multifunctional business center that includes five meeting rooms.
The Holiday Inn Riyadh Meydan opened in downtown Riyadh with 290 rooms/suites and a conference floor with 16 meeting rooms.
Conde Nast Traveler named the recently opened Alpina Gstaad in Oberbort one of the hot new hotels for 2013. The 56 room/suite hotel has three boardrooms that seat up to 18 each, an auditorium with 14 seats and a ballroom that holds 190. The hotel is part of a $337 million development that includes chalets and apartments.
The 186-room DoubleTree Hilton Hotel & Conference Center La Mola opened in the Catalonian National Park near Barcelona with 26 meeting rooms, two 54-seat auditoriums and a videoconference center.
The 151-room/suite Iberostar Son Antem opened in Mallorca with nine meeting spaces, two restaurants and two 18-hole golf courses.
United Arab Emirates
The 189-room/suite Rosewood Abu Dhabi opened on the waterfront at Sowwah Square with eight event spaces, a ballroom that accommodates up to 1,000 people and nine restaurants.
The Clarion Hotel was rebranded the DoubleTree Montgomery Downtown and reopened after a 16-month, $13 million renovation. It has more than 6,200 square feet of flexible function space.
The 80-room Half Moon Bay Lodge completed a $1.5 million renovation that included new guest rooms, a new lobby, and expanded indoor and outdoor event areas. The lodge has six meeting rooms (450-900 square feet) and a new 400-sq. ft. covered patio.
The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa Valley received a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for hospitality.
District of Columbia
Grand Hyatt Washington and Hyatt Regency Washington completed a combined $42 million renovation. Grand Hyatt updated its 897 guest rooms and doubled the size of the Grand Club lounge. Hyatt Regency renovated all 836 guest rooms, expanded its Regency Club lounge by adding seating and a tech hub, and updated 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The 263-room/suite Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village earned the AAA Four-Diamond rating. The waterfront resort has more than 25,000 square feet of meeting/function space.
The JW Marriott Marquis Miami was named the 2012 Marriott Hotel of the Year in the East Region.
The Wyndham Orlando Resort was rebranded as the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive while undergoing a multimillion dollar refresh of its 613 guest rooms and creating 60,000 square feet of unified meeting space. The 40-year old hotel is also adding a technology lounge.
A 90-room Hampton Inn & Suites opened in Pensacola with 550 square feet of meeting space.
Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead was accepted as a Gold Level GreenLeader in the TripAdvisorGreenLeaders program.
The Omni Hotel at CNN Center became the official hotel and caterer for the College Football Hall of Fame, set to open in Atlanta in 2014. The new hall will have 50,000 square feet of multifunction event space.
The 291-room DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend opened with 15,000 square feet of meeting space.
The 256-room Renaissance Baton Rouge received the 2012 Food and Beverage Hotel of the Year Award from Davidson Hotels & Resorts.
A 126-room Hampton Inn & Suites opened in Henrietta, near Rochester. It has a 24-hour business center and 1,000 square feet of versatile meeting space.
The Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation that included its 200 guest rooms and a new @Link Sheraton lobby social/tech hub. The hotel has 9,000 square feet of flexible function space.
The 125-room Hotel Vermont opened in Burlington with 2,000 square feet of green-roof space and 1,100 square feet of meeting space.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Madison received the DoubleTree Pride Award by Hilton for outstanding hotel performance for its seventh consecutive year in a row. The award goes to the Top 10 performing hotels among the 274 in the Americas.