Hotel Industry News * Rockresorts Resurrected--Rockresorts, the upscale chain of hotels started by Laurence Rockefeller in the 1960s, has been resurrected. The new Rockresorts number four: Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada in the Florida Keys; the new Cuisinart Resort & Spa in Anguilla; La Posada de Santa Fe, N.M.; and Rosario Resort in Eastbound, Wash., in the San Juan Islands. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Olympus Hospitality Group last year acquired the Rockresorts signature and "intellectual property," according to President L.K. Eric Prevette. He and Executive Vice President Carlos Lopes have spent years managing luxury hotels, most recently as co-founders and managers of Unique Hotels & Resorts.
* Candlewood Debuts Cambridge--The new Cambridge Suites by Candlewood is building on Candlewood's reputation for extended-stay hotels and adding meeting capactiy. Cambridge Suites intends to convert select properties from the 76 Candlewood Suites into Cambridge Suites (there is one property right now, in Wichita, Kan.), according to CEO Jack DeBoer, who also founded Residence Inn and Summerfield Suites.
* Sol Melia Grows in Latin America--The company is opening convention centers at the Melia Cancun Beach & Spa Resort and the Melia Cabo Real Beach & Golf Resort (both with state-of-the-art meeting facilities, representing a total investment of $8.5 million), as well as a hotel in Panama in March, and another property in Lima in April. In addition,Sol Melia recently completed renovations at the Cabo Real property, as well as those in Los Cabos, San Lucas,Turquesa, Ixtapa, and Santo Domingo. An $800,000 renovation at the Melia Puerto Vallarta will be completed this summer.