Renaissance Hotels will open its first property in Santiago in 2013. It will have 181 rooms, an executive floor, a large ballroom and three other meeting spaces.
Corinthia Hotel London added seven two-story penthouses to its 294 rooms (including 43 suites). It also has six private executive-level meeting rooms.
The 123-room Courtyard Montpellier opened in southern France with five conference rooms that can accommodate a total of 180 people. A sister property, the 113-room Courtyard Paris Boulogne, opened with almost 2,200 square feet of multipurpose meeting space and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the city.
The Best Western Premier F1 Hotel in Manila opened with 243 rooms, including 99 suites and three loft suites, along with the 300-seat Infinity Ballroom and six function rooms.
Narry Hotel Patong, a boutique hotel in Phuket, opened with 44 rooms, including a number of two-bedroom apartments.
The Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Fairmont’s first property in Eastern Europe, opened with 258 guest rooms and suites.
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The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche opened in the capital city with 282 rooms and 10 conference and meeting spaces that total almost 28,000 square feet.
Associated Luxury Hotels International added the Langham Boston, the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club on Cape Cod and the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn., to its list of properties.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Carson in greater Los Angeles completed a multimillion renovation that upgrades its 224 guest rooms and more than 5,600 square feet of meeting space.
The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert completed a $25 million renovation that refreshed its 844 rooms and suites and added a bar and lounge with a takeout counter for guests on the go. Also new: a chocolate factory. The property has 28 meeting rooms and a total of 53,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Holiday Inn Express San Diego South — National City reopened after a $2 million renovation to its 91 rooms and all public spaces, including 750 square feet of meeting space.
The Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco completed renovations to its 17 suites and five guest rooms. The property, which is pursuing LEED Gold certification for its eco-friendly practices, is the first hotel to open in the Presidio, a National Historic Landmark.
The Former Cambria Suites in Pueblo reopened as SpringHill Suites Pueblo Downtown by Marriott. It has 105 suites and 900 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate up to 60 people.
An $8 million redesign of the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort included its 222 rooms, a new technology lounge that is part of an expanded lobby, and meeting space that can accommodate up to 150 people.
Construction is under way for a 122-room Cambria Suites in Miami. When the $16 million, seven-story hotel is finished in summer 2013, it will have 1,800 square feet of conference space and views of nearby Lake Mahar.
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is finishing the final phase of a $65 million property-wide renovation that includes its 1,260 guests rooms and 180,000 square feet of meeting, exhibit and event space.
The Residence Inn Chicago Southeast/Hammond renovated its 78 suites and all public areas, including 402 square feet of meeting space.
For the second year, the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans has been named a AAA-approved, Four-Diamond hotel. It has 693 rooms and suites, and a total of 32,000 square feet of meeting space, including outdoor balconies that overlook Bourbon, Canal and Iberville streets.
The Hyatt Place New Orleans/Convention Center reopened after renovations to its 170 rooms and more than 3,300 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting and function space.
The Hilton Omaha downtown completed a makeover that added 150 guest rooms (for a total of 600), a 7,000-sq. ft. ballroom and 3,500 square feet of pre-function space.
The Loews Lake Las Vegas in Henderson was reflagged as the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. It has 493 rooms and five event spaces totaling almost 23,000 square feet.
The 463-suite Conrad New York opened in the Battery Park City neighborhood, with more than 30,000 square feet of flexible space and a ballroom designed to hold 600.
The 340-room Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island will open in late April with 20,000 square feet of meeting space.
Renovations are complete at the 112-room Courtyard by Marriott Sugar Land in Stafford, which has 960 square feet of updated flexible meeting space for up to 50 people.
The Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Hotel reopened after a multimillion-dollar makeover that included its 449 guest rooms and suites and more than 45,000 square feet of event space.
The former Marriott Williamsburg reopened as the Williamsburg Hotel & Conference Center, with 295 guest rooms and suites, and more than 45,000 square feet of function space.
The Pullman Holiday Inn Express & Suites, near Washington State University, completed exterior and interior upgrades that began in 2009. It has 130 rooms and 1,100 square feet of flexible meeting space.