With 2,035 rooms in 12 adjoining towers that re-create the New York skyline, it isn't easy to miss. New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas held its grand opening January 2. The megaproperty, which includes a Coney Island-style roller coaster and scaled down replicas of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, is a $460 million joint venture between MGM Grand Inc. and Primadonna Resorts Inc.
On Georgia's Hutchinson Island, across the Savannah River from the city's historic district, the 401-room Westin Savannah Harbor Resort will break ground this April, shortly after construction begins on the Georgia International Maritime Trade Center. While the resort will offer 18 holes of golf, a spa, and meeting space, the trade center next door will complement its services with a 25,000-square-foot ballroom, 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, and 22 meeting rooms. Look for the resort to open in January 1999.
Oakland, CA's Claremont Resort and Spa, first opened in 1915 with 240 rooms, completed a 40-room addition in March. The new rooms are business-ready, with desk, T-1 lines, VCR, and CD player.
The Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston last month completed an upgrade of the 100 rooms in its East Tower as part of a $7 million renovation project for 1997.