• In December, Sanibel Harbour Resort, Fort Myers, Fla., debuted a new look for its 240 hotel rooms and suites with new furniture, a soft-goods renovation, and an upgrade to guest bathrooms. It also introduced five Elite Suites, ranging up to 2,300 square feet and offering magnificent views from the top floors. The 40,000-square-foot spa and fitness center was renovated, and 10 ADA-accessible rooms and suites were added, with open rest rooms, roll-in showers, horn strobes, and special telecommunication devices. These projects follow the introduction of Sanibel Harbour's 45,000-square-foot waterfront conference center in January 2000. www.sanibel-resort.com

  • The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel recently celebrated 20 years at 500 Canal Street. Its doors opened in October 1982, with 1,110 rooms and 90,000 square feet of exhibit space. To help mark its 20 years in business, the hotel is undergoing a $23 million project to renovate guest rooms and exhibit space. www.starwood.com

  • Wentworth by the Sea resort will reopen in April as a Marriott hotel, conference center, and spa, restoring the historic hotel to the prominence it enjoyed for a century after opening in 1874. Located in the scenic community of New Castle, N.H., and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Wentworth by the Sea Marriott Hotel & Spa will have 164 guest rooms and suites. The hotel will feature tri-level suites in each of the its three Victorian turret towers. Seventeen two-level suites, designed for extended stay guests, will be available in the waterfront The Ship accommodations, popular with guests at the turn of the 20th century. There is more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including the original grand ballroom. There is a waterfront cafĂ©; a full-service spa with treatment rooms, saunas, and whirlpools; indoor and outdoor pools; and guest golf access to the adjacent, independent Wentworth by the Sea Country Club. www.wentworth.com

  • A 2,400-square-foot conference center has been completed at the 46-story Flatotel, an independently owned hotel at 135 West 52nd Street in New York. The main ballroom event space on the second floor can accommodate up to 180 people. Each of Flatotel's four meeting rooms can accommodate 24 people classroom-style. The entire floor will seat 200. All meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, including videoconferencing with built-in plasma screens, full telecommunications capabilities, and high-speed Internet access. Event space includes the Galleria, a 6,000-square-foot breezeway under a soaring ceiling of skylights and festival lighting. Located off the lobby, it runs between 52nd and 53rd streets and provides an unusual meeting alternative capable of handling a sit-down dinner for up to 150, a cocktail reception for up to 400, or a banquet-style function for up to 350. Flatotel's 200 guest rooms and one-bedroom suites were renovated this year. The hotel is steps from Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Theatre District. www.flatotel.com

  • A part of Arizona since the 1920s, Royal Palms Resort and Spa will open a luxury spa this month. The 9,000-square-foot Alvadora Spa will offer a selection of treatments and products unique to the Mediterranean. www.royalpalmshotel.com
  • Opening in January, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, Calif., has more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space. All 517 guest rooms feature private terraces with beach and ocean views. The 57 one- to three-bedroom suites offer a separate parlor to accommodate small business meetings. The 20,000-square-foot Pacific Waters Spa has 18 private treatment rooms. www.hyatt.com

  • Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz., embarked November 1 on a yearlong, $3.1 million renovation of 134 suites. The resort features a total of 404 guest rooms and suites, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, five tennis courts, and indoor racquetball courts. www.scottsdaleplaza.com

  • The $50 million Lodge at Stonewall Resort, Weston, W. Va., opened in October with 198 guest rooms, all offering lake or golf course views and high-speed Internet access. The resort's 14,000-square-foot conference center has three conference rooms, eight breakout rooms, a boardroom, and a grand ballroom that can seat 350 people. An 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course opened in June. The facility is on Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia's second-largest lake. It offers a 374-slip marina, with watercraft available for rental. www.StonewallResort.com

  • Hyatt Regency Los Angeles recently completed a $2.5 million renovation of its ballroom. The 10,000-square-foot ballroom and 3,700-square-foot foyer and corridors were completely redesigned. The ballroom can now be divided into six separate sections. The hotel offers 26,000 square feet of function space on one level. http://losangelesregency.hyatt.com