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01
Mar

Lounge Act

When the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, FL first came into existence 87 years ago, hotel lobbies meant three things: guests were checking in, guests were checking out, or they were waiting for somebody. Transported to 2012, those guests now find themselves in a totally redefined space but, due to respectful…
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01
Mar

Sustainability LEEDers

Building a sustainable hotel is still a tall order so when Marriott International set a goal to have 300 LEED-certified hotels by 2015, no one thought it would be a walk in the park, even with the global lodging chain’s history of environmental awareness.
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01
Mar

Le Meridien debuts in Turkey

ISTANBUL—Starwood Hotels & Resorts World-wide’s Le Meridien brand has opened its first property in Turkey with the debut of the Le Meridien Etiler here.
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01
Mar

Benjamin West opening Miami office

MIAMI—Hospitality purchasing firm Benjamin West will open a new office, here, to focus more on projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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01
Mar

Hotel Mazarin opens in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS—The former Saint Louis Hotel has reopened here as the Hotel Mazarin following a multi-million dollar renovation. Located in the city’s French Quarter, the hotel is part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection and is named for Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th Century Italian-born pontiff who was an advisor to the French crown and…
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01
Mar

Atlanta Marriott LEED Silver certified

ATLANTA—The Atlanta Airport Marriott at Gateway Center here has been awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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01
Mar

AHR, First Hospitality receive renovation accolades

VERNON HILLS, IL—American Hotel Register’s FF&E Solutions team was awarded the Holiday Inn Renovation of the Year for its work with First Hospitality Group on the Holiday Inn Itasca, IL at InterContinental Hotels Group’s annual conference.
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01
Mar

Rancho Valencia closed for upgrades

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA—The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa here has closed temporarily to embark on an extensive $20 million renovation and expansion. Architect Doug Mansfield and interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan of ABA Studio are handling the project.
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01
Mar

Environmental Innovation

The increasingly steady stream of renovation and conversion announcements coming across my desk lately has been a very welcome change after the holding pattern that has existed across the industry for the last couple of years. Yes, the new construction announcements are still few and far between but even those are coming back as well.…
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