The Interlaken Inn Resort, in Connecticut's Berkshires in the town of Lakeville, recently completed a renovation of all facilities, including its century-old, original Victorian building. Included in the upgrade was installation of digital wireless service. High-speed data, voice, and video transmission is available in all guest and public rooms, as well as poolside and on the inn's private executive golf holes.

  • The Hilton Sydney (Australia), which closed in November for a massive makeover, is scheduled for a mid-2004 launch. The hotel will have 577 rooms and suites. Meeting space will include an 8,675-square-foot grand ballroom, a 10,549-square-foot exhibition space, and more than 9,650 square feet of function rooms.

  • A new boutique hotel is scheduled for completion in August 2004 in downtown Providence, R.I. The 80-room Hotel Providence will open in a completely renovated historic building, within easy walking distance of the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Performing Arts Center. The hotel will feature a 2,500-square-foot grand ballroom and more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

  • Packwood House, Skaneateles, N.Y.'s newest lakefront property, opened its doors in December. Located in the village of Skaneateles, the boutique hotel offers 19 guest rooms. Packwood House is owned by Basin Associates LLC and will be managed in conjunction with the Sherwood Inn, which is one block west.

  • The Executive Meeting Center at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center opened last year in Alexandria, Va. Certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the EMC has 5,000 square feet of meeting space for groups from 10 to 60. The 496-room Hilton offers complimentary shuttle service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

  • Adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., The Rosen Plaza Hotel recently completed a renovation of all 800 guest rooms. Soft goods were updated, and new furniture, including oversized work desks, was installed. All guest rooms feature high-speed Internet access. The hotel has 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 26,000-square-foot grand ballroom.

  • The Courtyard by Marriott Daytona Beach opened last May in Daytona Beach, Fla., with 122 guest rooms and more than 1,200 square feet of meeting space for up to 50 people.

  • The 247-room Belleview Biltmore in Clearwater, Fla., just completed a major renovation project, spending an estimated $10 million to update its beach club, lobby, meeting space, restaurants, and fitness center. Included in the renovation were new soft goods, enhanced lighting, high-speed Internet access in most meeting rooms, and an expanded business center.

  • In November, The Harrison Conference Center at Lake Bluff (Illinois) launched a $3 million enhancement of 55 guest rooms. The renovations are scheduled for completion in March. Common areas will also be upgraded with new carpets, drapes, and upholstery. The conference center is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. It offers 10,500 square feet of meeting space and 83 guest rooms.

  • Construction is under way on the $110 million Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. The 620-room hotel will open in spring 2005 with more than 44,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 21,000-square-foot ballroom. The Marriott will be connected by pedestrian walkway to the Kentucky International Convention Center.

  • The Galt House Hotel & Suites, also in Louisville, Ky., has completed its pedestrian walkway connecting it to the Kentucky International Convention Center. The 275-foot-long, glass-enclosed walkway, which spans Main Street, opened in November. Its construction was part of the $50 million renovation of the Galt House, which has 1,300 rooms and suites and 120,000 square feet of meeting space.

  • The Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados has reopened after a five-month closure. Having invested $150,000 per room, the intimate resort reopened in October with an extensive renovation of its 72 guest rooms, two restaurants, public areas, and exterior landscaping. Each room offers full Internet and fax access, a DVD player, and a 27-inch, flat-screen television as well as a private balcony with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. Sited on a 30-acre estate in the parish of St. James, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion was originally known as The Miramar Hotel, built in the 1940s, and was the first hotel constructed on the West Coast of Barbados.

  • The Loews New Orleans opened in December in the heart of the city's central business district in the former Lykes Building. The luxury hotel features 285 guest rooms and suites and 13,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel's owners also plan to rebuild the Piazza d'Italia, an outdoor area adjacent to the hotel, with an illuminated fountain as its centerpiece. Once restored, it will reopen to the public and be available for private functions for up to 400 people.

  • In Scottsdale, Ariz., the 654-room Phoenician completed a major renovation in December. The meeting facilities all received fresh carpeting and wall treatments, and all guest suites were remodeled. A $1 million golf course enhancement has added new water features. The Phoenician has 27 holes of golf, 12 tennis courts, nine swimming pools, and the Centre for Well-Being, a full-service spa.

  • The Doral Desert Princess Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., has completed a $1.2 million renovation, upgrading public areas and guest rooms. The resort has 23,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, 27 holes of golf, and 10 tennis courts among its recreational offerings.

  • In August, the 41-story Grand Hyatt Cairo opened on the banks of the Nile of El Roda Island. The hotel has 714 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony and river view. The 33,000 square feet of conference and banquet facilities include three ballrooms.

  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed a management agreement with Hotel Excelsior Private Ltd., a member of the Eros Group of India, for a hotel in New Delhi, India. The former Hotel Kanishka has closed for a massive $30 million renovation. It will reopen in December 2004 as the 354-room Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi.