Hotel News You Need: Spring 2017

Hotel News You Need: Spring 2017

By Kelsey Ogletree, March 15, 2017

With spring 2017 almost upon us, the latest set of hotel builds, restorations and renovations emerge.


Albany, New York, got a new convention center when Albany Capital Center opened its doors this year. The glass structure accommodates meetings for up to 5,000 people and be connected via an enclosed walkway to the recently renovated Renaissance Albany Hotel, a plus for groups planning events there in winter.

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino competed a propertywide renovation in December 2016 that added a beachside tennis court and a waterproof library full of books suitable for poolside reading—both attractive options for incentive groups.

After about a year’s absence from downtown, Conrad Chicago reopened in a new location on the Magnificent Mile in December 2016 with 287 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of event space and three on-site restaurants.

The massive 37-story, 1,048-room Fairmont Austin will open this August in downtown Austin, Texas, and be directly connected to Austin Convention Center. With more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space, the new Fairmont is expected to become a major player in the trendy city’s meetings market.

In December 2016, JW Marriott debuted its first hotel in Singapore near the Marina Bay entertainment and business districts. The 634-room luxury JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach (shown) has interiors by French designer Philippe Starck and nine on-site dining options, plus 19,000 square feet of meeting space and a spa opening this spring.

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