The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, with 563 rooms and suites, has completed a major renovation to its lobby and Palacio event venue. The free-standing Palacio offers 6,362 square feet of space on multiple levels, and the resort totals 48,000 square feet of flexible function space, including three ballrooms and 46 conference rooms.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has reflagged the Crowne Plaza Albany-City Center as Hotel Albany after a recent renovation in New York's capital. With 386 guest rooms and suites, the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, and two restaurants. Meeting space totals 25,200 square feet, including a ballroom and 15 meeting rooms. Two executive floors offer private access to a club lounge. Hotel Albany is within walking distance of the Capitol Building, Empire State Plaza, and Times Union Center. The hotel runs a free shuttle service to and from Albany International Airport and Rensselaer Amtrak Station.
A 234-room Hyatt Place has opened in downtown San Jose, Calif., directly across the street from the San Jose Convention Center, which is undergoing a 125,000-square-foot expansion, expected to be completed in fall 2012. Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown offers more than 6,500 square feet of function space.
New Orleans' Windsor Court Hotel just completed a $22 million restoration of the entire property that includes new décor in all 316 guest rooms and suites, with amenities such as Keurig coffee makers, iPod docks, and flat-screen HDTVs. Also refreshed: the Club Lounge, The Grill Room, The Polo Club Lounge, the pool area, and meeting spaces. The Windsor Court has 10,000 square feet of meeting space and can accommodate meetings of up to 250 guests. The Spa at Windsor Court will reopen again in the spring with a classic design inspired by an English library.
In Louisville, Ky., the Hyatt Regency Louisville is undergoing a $5.8 million “transformation.” A new front entrance and a new Stay Fit Gym are being constructed, and a new restaurant, Sway, should open in mid-April. This follows the completion of a new lobby and front desk area in December 2011. The hotel has more than 20,000 square feet of function space.