BRANDING BRIEFS

Americas Best Value Inn

The membership organization added 21 properties and 1,176 rooms in the 20 business days of April. The lineup of new members include four in Texas, two each in Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee and one each in California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington and Wyoming.

AmericInn International

New AmericInn Lodge & Suites properties opened last month in Pampa, TX and Waconia, MN.

Associated Luxury Hotels

The membership group recently added 14 hotels: the Boulders Resort in Carefree, AZ; Hotel Jerome in Aspen, CO; The Peaks Resort in Telluride, CO; Pan Pacific Hotel in Seattle; El San Juan Hotel, Condado Plaza Hotel and El Conquistador Resort, all in Puerto Rico; the Fiesta Americana Grand in Los Cabos, Mexico; the Gaylord properties in Orlando, Nashville and one under construction near Washington, DC; the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Grande Hotel; and the under-development Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL.

BridgeStreet Worldwide

Furnished Quarters has joined BridgeStreet's Global Partner program, bringing nine corporate housing locations in the Boston area — six downtown, two in Cambridge and one in Waltham — into the system.

Club Corp.

The Abaco Beach Club & Boat Harbour became the first resort in the Bahamas to affiliate with the club and resort operator. Through the agreement, Club Corp.'s 20,000 members receive special recognition and amenities when they visit the 82-room resort.

Delaware North Companies

Buffalo-based Delaware North assumed management of The Resort at Glacier in Montana's Glacier National Park. The seasonal resort is open from May through October.

Hilton Hotels

The Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort reopened last month following a $40-million renovation. The renovation included a massive beach reclamation project.

Fourteen Hamptons opened in February and March. The additions included five Hampton Inns and nine Hampton Inn & Suites.

Sivica Hospitality recently completed an upgrading of its 115-room Hampton Inn in Hilton Head, SC. The project included the addition of seven suites, a redo of the public areas and meeting rooms and the addition of a business center, expanded guest laundry and a convenience store.

Hersha Hospitality opened a 65-room Hampton Inn in early May in the Seaport-Financial District of Manhattan.

A smoke-free Hilton Garden Inn opened recently in Plymouth, MA. Linchris Hotel Corp. operates the 130-room property.

White Lodging Services opened a Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, IN. The 168-room property is near the Indiana University campus.

Dow Hotel Co. is finishing a multi-million-dollar renovation of a Doubletree Hotel in Bellevue, WA. Once it is complete, the company will rename the 353-room property the Hilton Bellevue.

Historic Hotels of America

The National Trust Historic Hotels of America added four members: the Gasparilla Inn and Cottages, Boca Grande, FL; the Kelley House in Edgartown, MA; the Castle Hill Resort & Spa in Ludlow, VT; and the Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee.

Home-Towne Suites

Lexington, KY-based Home-Towne Suites acquired Arbor Suites and its two 64-room locations in Prattville, AL and Auburn, AL. With the acquisition, the Home-Towne Suites brand includes eight properties.

InterContinental Hotels Group

Following a $7-million renovation, DHL LC opened a new Crowne Plaza Hotel in Herndon, VA near Dulles Airport. Coakley & Williams operates the 328-room property.

Richard Bailey recently opened his fourth InterContinental Hotel in French Polynesia. The $70-million InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora has 80 over-water bungalows.

Everett Holdings purchased a 126-room Hampton Inn in Scottsdale, AZ and will convert it to a Hotel Indigo. The property reopens in December.

MGM Mirage

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and MGM Mirage entered into a strategic alliance for casino and hotel development. Initially, MGM Mirage will consult with the Nation on its development of a $700-million casino-hotel near the existing Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The new property opens in 2008 and will carry the MGM Grand brand.

Morgans Hotel Group

The former James Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ will undergo a renovation and become the Mondrian Scottsdale. The 194-room property will remain open during the renovation.

Rezidor SAS

A former 287-room InterContinental in Dubai will become the Radisson SAS Hotel Deira Creek in October. In addition, the former Style Hotel in Vienna, Austria is now the Radisson SAS Style Hotel.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Rosewood is developing a new hotel in Atlanta, The Mansion on Peachtree, A Rosewood Hotel. The 42-story property, which opens in early 2008, will have 127 hotel rooms and 45 residential units.

Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts hired Rosewood to manage its 40-unit San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, CA.

Shilo Inns

A groundbreaking ceremony in early April marked the start of construction on a full-service Shilo Inn Suites Hotel in Killeen, TX. The 160-room property will be adjacent to the Killeen Civic Conference and Convention Center.

Tecton Hospitality

Tecton recently assumed managed of its second hotel in Puerto Rico, the 136-room Courtyard by Marriott Miramar in San Juan. The firm also operates the San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood and partner Edge Resorts selected the development partners for their W Las Vegas Hotel, Casino and Residences project. M.J. Dean Construction is general contractor, while the design team will be Klai Juba Architects, Lacina Heitler Architects and Charles Allem Designs.

The first W in South America will open in 2008. Starwood and joint venture partner Territoria Group are developing a 205-room property in Santiago, Chile.

Columbia Sussex Corp. converted the former Wyndham Harbour Island in Tampa, FL to the Westin brand. The property has 299 rooms.

Sheraton Woodbridge LLC, a subsidiary of American Property Management, named Hersha Hospitality Management to operate the 307-room Sheraton at Woodbridge Place in Iselin, NJ.

Walt Disney World Resorts

Walt Disney Resorts was inadvertently left out of The Brand Report in the March 1 issue of Lodging Hospitality. The company has 20 resorts with 25,545 rooms.

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