New York's Essex House has become a Westin hotel. The 597-room property on Central Park South opened in 1931 and recently underwent a $75 million renovation. It offers 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colo., is set to open in July. The 390-room hotel will offer 34,000 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms. A 27-hole championship golf course opens at the resort in September. The hotel is in the Denver/Boulder corridor, 35 minutes from the Denver International Airport.
International Conference Resorts recently completed a $10 million renovation to the Hastings International Conference Center in Hartford, Conn. Developed as a high-tech center, Hastings offers more than 55,000 square feet of meeting space, including three amphitheaters and teleconferencing capability as part of ICR's new teleconference network. Five dedicated computer-training rooms offer high-bandwidth connectivity within the property and to the Internet. A media and business center and a 5,000-square-foot fitness center also were added to the 271-room property.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts will open a 362-room hotel in the heart of Boston's financial district after a $40 million redevelopment of the historic Batterymarch Building. The Wyndham Boston Hotel, to open in the second quarter, will offer 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, and a fitness center. The hotel company also recently opened the Wyndham Chicago, a 417-room hotel on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Designed for the business traveler, each room features high-speed Internet access through the hotel's own server. The hotel has 15,000 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms and two upscale executive boardrooms.
The 800-room Loews Miami Beach Hotel has opened in the heart of South Beach. The first new luxury hotel built on Miami Beach in more than 30 years, the Loews Miami Beach has six restaurants and lounges, an oceanfront, free-form swimming pool, a fitness center, a children's camp, and 85,000 square feet of meeting space. One hundred of the resort's rooms are in the historic St. Moritz Hotel, which has been restored to its original art deco look. Three concierge floors are available in the new 700-room tower.