The 290-room Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak opened with meeting and breakout space for up to 350 people.
The new Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw opened in Myanmar with 141 rooms/suites and six meetings rooms.
The 565-room Wyndham Grand Xi’an South opened in the Qujiang New District near the Xi’an International Conference Center with 53,820 square feet of function space including 14 event rooms and a ballroom.
The World Travel Awards recognized the Galapagos Islands’ Finch Bay Hotel as South America’s leading green hotel for the third consecutive year. The hotel has 27 rooms/suites, a library and a yacht.
The Swiss-Belinn Airport Jakarta opened with 145 guest rooms and meeting space for up to 250 attendees.
The 271-room Marriott Hotel in Astana opened with three meeting rooms and a divisible ballroom that can hold 230 people. Also available are two digital services: Meetings Imagined, a platform that lets users design an entire event and Red Coat Direct, which enables meeting requests to be edited without leaving the meeting room.
The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius opened with 190 guest rooms/suites, an executive lounge and more than 2,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The 198-room Hyatt Regency Sochi opened with more than 16,200 square feet of multi-purpose convention space including five meeting rooms, a boardroom and two breakout rooms. The 5,700-sq. ft. Regency Ballroom holds 350 guests.
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, a hotel and winery built around a 12-century abbey, became the first hotel in Europe to offer Google Glass wearable computers to guests. The hotel has 22 guest rooms/suites, three meeting rooms and a church that can hold up to 200 guests.
London’s Grosvenor House reopened its Executive Lounge following $3 million in renovations that moved the lounge from the seventh floor to the ground floor and tripled the space to more than 2,000 square feet.
Hotel MdR DoubleTree by Hilton in Marina del Ray (pictured) completed a $7.5 million renovation that included opening Barbianca Local Kitchen and updating guest rooms and public spaces. The hotel has 282 rooms/suites and 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting/event space.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East-UCF Area opened after a multimillion-dollar renovation and conversion from a Holiday Inn. The 246-room hotel has 5,700 square feet of meeting space that includes a Grand Ballroom and seven meeting rooms.
The 216-room Lake Lanier Islands Resort became a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. The 1,200-acre resort has 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The 100-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Bloomington opened with a business library and one meeting room.
The 85-room Best Western Plus Mascoutah/SAFB opened with a meeting room for up to 37 people.
The historic Mayfair hotel in St. Louis reopened as the Magnolia Hotel after a yearlong, multimillion-dollar renovation. Magnolia has 182 guest rooms and more than 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a ballroom for up to 250 guests.
The 300-room Marriott Cornhusker in Lincoln completed an $11 million update. It has 27 meeting rooms and 46,000 square feet of event space, and is within walking distance of the University of Nebraska.
The 1,600 room SLS Las Vegas opened after a $415 million renovation of the Sahara Hotel on the north end of The Strip. The hotel has a casino, a 20,000-sq. ft. nightclub with a rooftop pool and 30,000 square feet of designated meeting space.
The Element Harrison-Newark opened with 138 sustainable rooms and 1,500 square feet of meeting space.
The 164-room Hyatt Place Durham/Southpoint opened with 2,100 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting space.
The 363-room Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel opened following a $50 million renovation. It has 14,380 square feet of meeting/event space.
The Crowne Plaza Columbus Dublin Hotel completed renovations to its 215 guest rooms and 14,000 square feet of meeting/event space. Also redone: the lobby, restaurant, fitness center and public spaces.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee opened a 381-room, 19-story hotel. The property has more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space and a 3,000-sq. ft. Presidential suite that includes an 800-sq. ft. patio overlooking the city.
— Compiled by Therra C. Gwyn