On Location Copenhagen If you have been to Copenhagen, you surely stopped at one of the city's most famous spots: the bronze statue of the Little Mermaid. Well, the mermaid has been overshadowed as the city symbol by a new monument: the $3 billion Oresund Bridge, connecting Copenhagen with Malmo, Sweden. Opened in July, the road and rail bridge has influenced building projects at both its ends, including new plans by Marriott and Hilton in Copenhagen.
Denmark's capital, Copenhagen is a city in which modern design shops and galleries coexist with such whimsical historical creations as Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park/botan-ical garden dating from 1843 and tailor-made for dine-arounds.
Across from Tivoli is the city's most striking new venue: the Copenhagen City Conference Centre, developed and managed by restaurant and catering company Bojesen ApS. Owner Rasmus Bojesen completely restored several floors of the 1920 office building Axelborg. Guests enter through carved bronze doors and descend to the remarkable, remade bank lobby in the center of the building. The room, which seats 400 for a banquet, features oak-paneled walls reaching up to a glass ceiling.
Another unique space has been created from the former basement Safe Department--whose thick doors have been left as a monument--which will hold 400 guests for an exhibition. Six meeting rooms on the first floor hold up to 380 guests theater-style. The venue is ideal for high-end corporate events, says Bojesen, who set standards for the building's renovation intended to match the exceptional quality of the company's service and F&B.
Among the other unique hotels and venues in and around the city:
* Hotel D'Angleterre, the 250-year-old, five-star grand dame of Copenhagen hotels, offers 130 rooms, 18 of which are suites and all of which offer Internet access. Rose and green marble, a carved ceiling, and gold brocade curtains are part of the breathtaking renovation of the Palm Court Ballroom, which holds 320 for dinner.
* The 212-room Hotel Phoenix, dating from 1680, was meticulously restored in 1991 and accommodates meetings of up to 130 people.
* The Radisson SAS Scandinavia and Radisson SAS Royal Hotel offer a pair of top-notch modern meeting options. The 542-room Scandinavia features a casino and meeting space for up to 1,600 guests; the 265-room Royal Hotel has meeting space for up to 300 attendees.
* The Royal Stock Exchange (The Borsen), a city center landmark dating from 1639, offers several rooms for group functions, including the Stock Exchange Hall, with its dark, carved wood; oil paintings; and stained-glass windows.
* Ledreborg Castle, in Lejre, was built by Count Johan Ludvig Holstein in the 18th century and has been the home of the Holstein-Ledreborg family for more than 250 years. Groups can take private tours of the palace and book the Family Hall for banquets.
* Just half an hour west of Copenhagen is Denmark's historic royal city of Roskilde, which offers its own unique venues and hotels, including the elegantly restored, 305-year-old Hotel Prindsen, the oldest hotel in Denmark and part of the Best Western chain. Its historically lovely but technologically advanced ballroom seats 400 people theater-style. The stunning Roskilde Cathedral is a must-see for its many unique chapels and remarkable altar-piece.
For more about Copenhagen, visit www.woco.dk. --Alison Hall
The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is set to open in December in Santa Ana, N.M., 20 miles north of Albuquerque. The 350-room resort was developed on American Indian land in partnership with the Santa Ana Pueblo. Each guest room opens onto a balcony or patio with views of the Sandia Mountains. The property will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom. Multiple open-air courtyards, gardens, an amphitheater, and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor ballroom on the Rio Grande also are available. The 13,000-square-foot spa will have 18 treatment rooms, and a fitness center will offer numerous exercise classes. A Gary Panks-designed golf course, Twin Warriors Championship Golf Club, is on-site.
The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel will open in fall 2001 as part of the new 640,000-square-foot Hollywood & Highland retail/entertainment complex, which also includes a theater designated as the new home of the Oscars presentation. The 640-room hotel will offer more than 47,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 26,940-square-foot off-property Governor's Ballroom and the 7,974-square-foot ballroom on property.
The Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, is in the midst of renovating its meeting space, fitness center, pool area, and restaurant. In June, the hotel unveiled 31,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space, including the 10,650-square-foot Las Colinas Ballroom. The renovations are part of Omni Hotels' $1 billion brandwide capital improvement campaign.
Ground has been broken on Opryland Hotel Texas, set to open in Grapevine in spring 2003, 15 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The 1,500-room property will offer 400,000 square feet of meeting space and four acres of Texas-themed entertainment, all under a glass dome.
Omni Hotels is partnering with Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a Time Warner Company, on a $100 million expansion of the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. A 593-room, 24-story hotel tower will be constructed adjacent to the existing 470-room hotel, which underwent an extensive $9 million renovation in 1999. The combined hotel and tower will feature 1,063 guest rooms and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting space--including a 20,000-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Centennial Olympic Park--making it the largest hotel in the Omni Hotels chain. In addition, the new tower will include 15 hospitality suites, three parlor suites, one VIP suite, and one presidential suite. Construction of the Omni Hotel's new tower will be completed by 2003.
The 400-room Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is set to open in December 2001 on 400 acres of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The resort will offer The Golf Club at River Marsh, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Keith Foster; an 18,000-square-foot spa and fitness center; and a 150-slip marina. Stillwater, the state-of-the-art European health spa and fitness center, will offer massages, herbal wraps, a variety of treatment rooms, and a full-service salon. Adjacent to the fitness center will be a multi-level outdoor aquatic playground with a 1,200-foot river ride, cascades, pools, decks, and a year-round indoor pool area. The marina will feature a 1,000-foot pier with charter fishing, as well as cruises and boat rentals.
Four world-class resorts, a golf club, and the City of Indian Wells, Calif., have joined forces to offer a campus-style environment for meetings. The group includes Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Indian Wells Resort Hotel, Miramonte Resort, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, and the Golf Resort at Indian Wells, which together offer 1,275 rooms and suites, 100,000 square feet of meeting space, three spas, four fitness centers, 36 holes of golf, 38 tennis courts, and 10 restaurants. The resorts are a five-minute walk from each other. Visit www.indianwells.org for more details.
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London has reopened after an extensive renovation, which included all 200 guest rooms and the addition of two private dining rooms and a spa.
The Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel in Xian, China, has completed the final phase of a major renovation. The 423-room hotel comprises the North and South towers, linked by the main lobby. All guest rooms in both towers have been refurbished, and the executive Horizon Club in the South Tower has been extended from two to three floors. The hotel also upgraded its business center, with an airline ticketing counter, Internet service, conference rooms, computer software upgrades, and secretarial and translation services. Located in the East Economic Development Area, the Golden Flower is 10 minutes from the city's historic center and 30 minutes from Xian's world-renowned Terracotta Warriors Museum.
The 244-room Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is set to open in early 2001, 30 minutes from Ataturk International Airport and a 10-minute walk from Lutfi Kirdadr Convention Center. It is near the 4,000 shops of the Kapali Carsisi covered bazaar. Rooms overlook the Bosporus Strait or the city. The hotel offers more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.