After a $13 million renovation, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis has added 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The centerpiece of the project is the new 8,226-square-foot, column-free Cosmopolitan Ballroom. A foyer/registration area outside the third-floor ballroom overlooks the 21-story atrium, onto which all 497 guest rooms open. Also on the third floor, administrative offices have been transformed into two meeting rooms totaling 1,546 square feet.

The new ballroom and meeting space complement the existing 9,400-square-foot Regency Ballroom on the second floor. The hotel has a total of 21 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and 35,000 square feet of meeting space, all of which received new carpeting and wall coverings in the renovation.

Two new eateries anchor the renovated lobby. The lobby itself has new stone flooring, contemporary furnishings, and a redesigned front desk and entryway with several new check-in kiosks. Enclosed “skyways,” or elevated walkways, connect to the Circle Center Mall, the Indiana Convention Center, RCA Dome, and seven other city hotels. — Dave Kovaleski

The St. Regis Singapore

The News: A new 20-story hotel located in the uptown Orchard Road shopping and embassy district, close to several of Singapore's top hospitals.

Specs: The hotel features a Remede Spa, with nine treatment rooms; 299 guest rooms and suites; and more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space, including the John Jacob Ballroom, accommodating as many as 800 guests.

Time Frame: Opening December 22, 2007

El Conquistador Resort & Golden

Door Spa Fajardo, Puerto Rico

The News: The brand-new $32 million Atlantic Conference Center

Specs: Includes the new 21,090-square-foot Grand Atlantic Ballroom, Puerto Rico's largest resort ballroom. With this addition to its existing 70,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort now houses two adjacent conference areas and a total of four ballrooms.

Time Frame: Now open

News Makers:

Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Scott Mumma director of national sales. Mumma is based in Benchmark's northeast offices, in New Brunswick, N.J.

Kelly Teo was promoted to director of group sales at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. She will be responsible for citywide conventions. Teo previously held the title of senior sales manager at the hotel.


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