Hotel Palomar Atlanta-Midtown


The News: The new Kimpton Hotels property opened in April.

Specs: The 304-room, 21-story property features a 24-hour fitness center, two restaurants, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Extra: The Hotel Palomar also offers guests some unique services such as On Demand yoga and Pilates programming and animal day care.

The Jefferson Hotel


The News: The hotel is scheduled to reopen this August, following a two-year renovation.

Specs: The 99-room hotel will feature complimentary wireless Internet access, a restaurant and lounge, a spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and three meeting rooms for groups of up to 100.

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

The News: The resort unveiled a new event space, La Playita Beach Club, in March.

Specs: The 365-room hotel offers 27,000 square feet of meeting space, seven meeting rooms, and two ballrooms. The new La Playita Beach Club provides an additional 17,000 square feet of space for up to 700 attendees and features a bar, dining area, and 10 private cabanas. The property also has a spa and culinary center.

Island Hotel Newport Beach

Newport Beach, Calif.

The News: In June, the hotel completed a two-year renovation that included all guest rooms, meeting facilities, and public spaces.

Specs: The 20-story, 295-room hotel offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,000-square-foot ballroom, five meeting rooms, and five additional meeting suites. Also on site are a 4,000-square-foot spa, pool, fitness center, restaurant, and two outdoor tennis courts.

Extra: Guest rooms now have wireless Internet access, 42-inch plasma screen HDTVs with DVD/CD stereo systems, and Bose 321 audio systems.

Hotel Abrego

Monterey, Calif.

The News: The new hotel opened July 1.

Specs: The rebuilt, 93-room hotel, (formerly the Sand Dollar Inn) offers a 645-square-foot meeting room with a nine-foot retractable screen, built-in LCD projector, and high-speed, wireless Internet connectivity. Also on site is an outdoor pool and lounge area.

Extra: Eco-friendly features include recycling bins in each guest room, fluorescent lighting, and low-flow toilets and showers.

Rosewood Sand Hill

Menlo Park, Calif.

The News: The 123-room hotel opened in April.

Specs: Located just one mile from Stanford University, the hotel offers more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 2,800-square-foot ballroom for up to 300 guests and outdoor event space on the La Vista Lawn, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. Also on site is a 17,000-square-foot spa with 13 treatment rooms, and Madera, the hotel's restaurant.

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Santa Cruz, Calif.

The News: In June, the hotel completed a multimillion-dollar, 18-month renovation to its 165 guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, and pool area.

Specs: The renovation includes 3,500 square feet of new meeting and event space equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and high-speed wireless Internet access. The property can accommodate events for up to 250 people.

Extra: The hotel's new restaurant, Aquarius, features sustainable seafood, local wines, and organic produce.

Radisson Our Lucaya Resort, Grand Bahama Island

The News: The new hotel opened July 1.

Specs: The 740-room hotel features two 18-hole, par-72 golf courses, four pools, nine restaurants, a casino, and a 25,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. A total of 90,000 square feet of meeting space is available on site, including the property's 40,000-square-foot conference center.

Extra: The property is a AAA four-diamond resort.