Saddlebrook Resort & Spa in Tampa, Fla., recently introduced its new Wellness Center, to be directed by renowned psychoneuroimmunologist Dr. Nick Hall, a pioneer researcher on the relationship between emotions and health. For meeting groups, Hall will design activities and seminars that focus on how stress, diet, and exercise affect a person's life and work. Also at Saddlebrook, a renovation and expansion project is under way that will add 22,000 square feet of meeting space (for a total of more than 80,000 square feet) and redo its 415 suites and 130 rooms. A new, freestanding building next to the Royal Palm Ballroom will house the 18,000-square-foot Grand Pavilion. This space can house exhibits, banquets, or even convert to covered parking space. Saddlebrook has two golf courses, 45 tennis courts, a European-style spa, and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy.
The 1,400-room Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., is expanding its conference center to 56,500 square feet, giving the resort more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Included in the expansion, set for completion in June 2000, is a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. Keystone also will open a second 18-hole golf course next June.
Marriott has added four properties to its Meetings Network, a collection of hotels that cater to groups. The new properties are the 717-room Tampa Marriott Waterside, opening in early 2000 adjacent to the 600,000-square-foot Tampa Convention Center; the 400-room Memphis Marriott Downtown, in the midst of a $14 million renovation of guest rooms and meeting space, adjacent to the Memphis-Cook Convention Center; Washington, D.C.'s 1,138-room Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, undergoing a $100 million renovation, including improvements to its 173,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 295-room Williamsburg (Va.) Marriott, which offers 45,000 square feet of meeting space and will renovate all guest rooms and the ballroom by 2001.
The new Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort is close enough to the excitement--yet far enough to offer quiet elegance amid the hubbub. Expected to open in December, the 496-room resort will cater to meetings, with 40,000 square feet of indoor function space, including a 21,330-square-foot ballroom and 10 other meeting rooms. An additional 70,000 square feet of function space is available outdoors.
On Location Hilton Boston Logan Airport The Hilton Boston Logan Airport, with 600 guest rooms--and space to expand by another 300 rooms--recently opened, almost three months ahead of schedule. The $100 million hotel offers a quiet respite (No, I really mean it!) in the middle of the seventh-busiest international gateway to the U.S. All guest rooms have extra-large windows with soundproof glass and casings, bringing the spectacular views of Boston's skyline, harbor, and airport inside while leaving the noise outside. Rooms feature dual-line phones with voice mail, data ports with high-speed Internet access, and conference calling. The top floor of the hotel is Hilton's 75-room Executive Level.
The grand and junior ballrooms share a reception area covered by the hotel's sweeping, 65-foot skylight, which also soars above the spacious lobby. All 30,000 square feet of meeting space is on one level, and many meeting rooms feature city views. An on-site conference manager is available, as is a fully equipped business center and a 6,600-square-foot European-style spa and fitness center.
Best of all, the hotel is a short walk via skybridge (with moveable walkway) from terminals A and E (the international hub). "Zip in" check-in means guests with reserved rooms board a private van at the arrival gate, present their credit card during the five-minute ride to the hotel, and receive their room keys upon stepping off the van. --Barbara L. Brewer