The Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront reopened on July 1, following a $63 million renovation that transformed the property from top to bottom. The 910-room hotel, which offers views of the Gateway Arch from 350 of its guest rooms, received upgrades such as 37-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and high-speed Internet access in all rooms. The new Gateway Ballrooms and Terrace on the 18th floor now provide an additional 4,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, bringing the hotel's total meeting space to 83,000 square feet. The largest ballroom is 20,000 square feet in area. Also on site are three restaurants: RED Kitchen Bar, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and Brewhouse. In addition, Wi-Fi access is available in all public spaces, while the hotel's business center and 3,000-square-foot fitness center are accessible 24 hours a day. A bonus for groups: Venues such as Busch Stadium, the America's Center convention complex, and the Edward Jones Dome are all within walking distance.

Venue News New/Renovated

Radisson Our Lucaya Resort, Grand Bahama Island

The News: The hotel opened July 1.

Specs: 740 guest rooms; 90,000 square feet of meeting space, including the property's 40,000-square-foot conference center; two 18-hole, par-72 golf courses; four pools; nine restaurants; a casino; and a 25,000-square-foot spa and fitness center

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

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

Specs: 365 guest rooms; 27,000 square feet of meeting space, including seven meeting rooms, and two ballrooms. La Playita Beach Club provides an additional 17,000 square feet of space for up to 700 attendees.

Hotel Palomar Atlanta-Midtown

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

Specs: 304 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, and two restaurants

Extra: The Hotel Palomar offers 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: 99-rooms with complimentary wireless Internet access; three meeting rooms for groups of up to 100 people; a restaurant and lounge; spa; fitness center

The Roosevelt New Orleans

The News: The hotel has undergone a $145 million restoration.

Specs: 504 guest rooms and 135 suites; 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space that includes two ballrooms and 23 meeting and event rooms on two floors

Extra: Steps from the French Quarter

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: 295 guest rooms; 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,000-square-foot ballroom, five meeting rooms, and five additional meeting suites; a 4,000-square-foot spa; pool; fitness center; restaurant; two tennis courts

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

Rosewood Sand Hill

Menlo Park, Calif.

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

Specs: One mile from Stanford University; 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 for up to 500 guests; 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: 3,500 square feet of new meeting and event space equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and high-speed wireless Internet access; can accommodate events for up to 250 people

News Makers:

  • Sheila Hayden has been named director of sales and marketing at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston in Cambridge, Mass. Hayden most recently served as director of sales and marketing at the Lenox Hotel and SwissĂ´tel Boston.

  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando has appointed Gary Gotling director of sales and marketing. He has been with Hyatt Hotels Corp. for 25 years, most recently with the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.