The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Fla.
The News: The hotel recently completed a $22 million ballroom expansion, making it one of the largest conference hotels in the region.
Specs: The expansion increases total meeting space to more than 35,000 square feet. The hotel features 444 guest rooms, four restaurants, a spa, fitness center, and an 18-hole, PGA championship golf course.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
News: The beachfront hotel recently completed a $50 million renovation.
Specs: 790 rooms, 65,000 square feet of meeting space, six restaurants and bars, spa, fitness center, and kids’ camp
Westward Look Resort
The News: The hotel completed a $14 million renovation in December of all guest rooms and public spaces.
Specs: 244 guest rooms, 16 meeting rooms, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 450 attendees. The hotel also offers a tennis center, spa, rooftop terrace, fitness center, three pools, and two restaurants.
Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
The News: The private-island resort reopened in December off the coast of Antigua following a $28 million renovation, which had closed the property since June 2008.
Specs: Renovations included a new spa, 28 new suites that bring the total guest rooms to 40, five restaurants, a fitness center, a business center, children’s club, and meeting space for small groups of up to 40.
News: Guest rooms were renovated in December, converting the property into a smaller, more intimate resort. Additional renovations are planned for the main building and public spaces.
Specs: The resort now features 98 rooms, 4,500 square feet of meeting space, a spa, fitness center, kids’ club, and five dining facilities. Planned enhancements include a new business center and a renovation of the hotel’s Bermuda Room ballroom.
The News: The new hotel opened in midtown Manhattan in December.
Specs: 177 guest rooms and suites, rooftop lounge with retractable glass ceiling and walls, fitness room, business center, and meeting space on one floor for groups of up to 250
Extra: The hotel is a member of the Green Hotel Association. Plans to open a restaurant are under way.
The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The News: Opened in December
Specs: The new hotel offers more than 32,000 square feet of meeting space, 433 guest rooms and suites, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, and three dining options.
The Maxwell Hotel
The News: The independent, family-owned hotel will open in March adjacent to the Seattle Center.
Specs: The hotel will offer 140 guest rooms, an indoor pool, an exercise facility, an espresso bar, 1,600 square feet of meeting space, and 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The News: Formerly The Sheraton Yankee Clipper, the hotel reopened in January after a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Specs: The hotel features 486 guest rooms, 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, 3,600 square feet of outdoor event space, four dining options, two pools, and a fitness center.
Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
The News: Formerly Le Méridien, the hotel was rebranded in November and is now managed by Benchmark Hospitality International.
Specs: The beachfront resort offers 48 guest rooms and 142 suites, a lobby lounge, restaurant, spa, fitness center, business center, and pool. A 925-square-foot meeting room and boardroom for up to 16 guests is also available