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The 353-room Grand Hyatt Shenyang opened with 36,920 square feet of meeting/event space on two dedicated floors. It has an 11,000-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom,10 multipurpose function rooms and an event space with a living room, kitchen and two coffee bars that can hold up to 300 guests.
The 155-unit OCT Harbour Shenzhen Marriott Executive Apartments opened in South China with one 646-sq. ft. meeting room.
The Le Bristol Paris completed a five-year, $211 million restoration that included renovating its 260 guest rooms/suites and adding a wing, a restaurant and a 3,200-sq. ft. Royal Suite overlooking a 13,000-sq. ft. garden.
The 163-room Steigenberger Parkhotel Braunschweig opened with 11 conference rooms, several with outdoor access, and an event area that can hold 450 people.
The 507-room Riu Yucatan in Riviera Maya reopened after a $20 million renovation. The all-inclusive resort has six meeting rooms; the largest holds 120 people.
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Cuernavaca opened with 124 rooms/suites and one meeting room.
The 160-room/suite Best Western PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel opened in Mecca.
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The 346-room Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah opened on the Arabian Gulf with four meeting rooms and Peacock Alley, a public social gathering space.
A 145-room Fairfield Inn & Suites opened in Tustin with 2,400 square feet of meeting space for up to 200 people.
The Curtis DoubleTree by Hilton completed a $3.4 million expansion and renovation of meeting space that added a 7,000-sq. ft. indoor/outdoor event venue in downtown Denver. The ballroom can hold 260 for banquets; its 2,500-sq. ft. terrace holds 200.
The 744-room/suite Broadmoor in Colorado Springs opened a luxury wilderness retreat eight miles from Pike National Forest. The 34-room retreat has 18 meeting spaces and three restaurants.
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Durango, opened with 78 suites and a 627-sq. ft. conference room.
The Aloft Miami-Brickell opened with 160 rooms and 500 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Orlando’s 728-room Quality Inn International has been rebranded the Rosen Inn International.
The 55-room Pearl Inn opened in Rosemary Beach with 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
For the fourth year, Vantage Hospitality Group, the world’s eighth-largest hotel company, was named one of the best companies to work for by Florida Trend magazine.
A 244-room/suite Radisson Hotel Atlanta Northwest opened in Marietta with 6,600 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
The 137-room Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Baton Rouge opened with 1,250 square feet of flexible space throughout three meeting rooms.
The 118-suite Springhill Suites by Marriott opened in Coeur d’Alene with a meeting room that seats up to 24.
The Fairmont Chicago in Millennium Park completed a $2.5 million renovation that included its 63,000 square feet of meeting space. It now has 15 meeting rooms that range in size from 400 to 16,000 square feet, along with its 687 rooms and suites.
Cobblestone Hotel and Suites opened in Newton with 36 guest rooms and one meeting room.
A 128-suite Residence Inn by Marriott opened in Needham with 1,300 square feet of meeting space.
The 149-room DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Thomas Edison Inn) opened in Port Huron following a yearlong renovation. The hotel has 9,800 square feet of meeting space with 13 flexible rooms, a 5,400-sq. ft. ballroom for up to 600 guests, and two boardrooms.
A 92-suite Home2Suites by Hilton Jackson opened in Ridgeland.
The Benjamin hotel in Midtown Manhattan finished a three-year, $10 million update that included renovations to all 209 guest rooms/suites, a new bar and lobby, dining rooms, kitchenettes and a refresh of its five meeting rooms.
The Andaz Wall Street expanded its concourse level when repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy. It added 3,000 square feet of event space (for a total of 7,000 square feet). Its 4,700-sq. ft. gallery can now be subdivided into four spaces with a a kitchen for pre-function gatherings; and three new event spaces range from 740 to 1,900 square feet.
The Garden City Hotel on Long Island completed a multimillion-dollar restoration to its public spaces, including a 6,000-sq. ft. ballroom.
The dual-branded Marriott/Residence Inn Syracuse Downtown opened with 1,400 square feet of meeting space. The combination hotel features a 78-room Residence Inn and a 102-room Courtyard by Marriott.
The 140-suite, six-story Embassy Suites Knoxville West opened with 9,000 square feet of meeting space.