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Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn to open three properties in Europe during the fourth quarter of this year: at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci International, Stuttgart Neckar Park and Florence. Aug 30, 2006

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express grows in Brooklyn - on Union Street between 3rd and 4th Avenue to be precise. The 115-room hotel is slated to open later this year. It's a mile from downtown Brooklyn, and a mile from the train station. Aug 30, 2006

Hong Kong Regal

Hong Kong's Regal Airport Hotel which actually adjoins the terminal, has unveiled a new executive conference center. Each of the 13 meeting rooms is self-contained providing state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, as well as wireless facilities. They are also equipped with business center facilities and services. The venue is aimed at the international and Chinese market saving participants from the time and inconvenience of traveling into downtown Hong Kong. Capacities range from a 16 persons boardroom to the maximum of 140 persons in theater style. The Regent Airport Hotel has 1,103 rooms, Hong Kong's largest pillarless ballroom, six restaurants and bar, and a complete range of recreational facilities featuring an outdoor pool and an indoor heated pool. Sep 2, 2006

Hotel Angeleno

Newest addition to the Westside hotel scene is the 209-room Hotel Angeleno, formerly the Holiday Inn. It reopened after a six-month major renovation costing in excess of $10 million. Located just off the 405 freeway at Sunset Blvd., the circular-shaped Hotel Angeleno provides a number of services and amenities accommodating the business traveler. These include free Wi-Fi, complimentary shuttle services to such nearby Westwood Village facilities as UCLA, the Federal Building, the Veterans Administration Hospital or the Getty Museum, some 2,500 square feet of meeting and function space, such gadgets as GPS systems for rent, and a free iPod exchange. Aug 30, 2006

Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place has opened a hotel in Lombard, Illinois. The 151-room property, says the company, is designed to allow guests "to seamlessly continue to lead their everyday lives in an environment that lets them be more productive, relaxed and fulfilled." That equates - among other things - to Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, a very comfortable bed and a fridge you can raid when you want. Hyatt Place offers free shuttle service within a 5-mile radius. That encompasses a bunch of corporate offices, the Oakbrook Mall Center, some golf courses and the Metra train system - which offers service to downtown Chicago. Aug 30, 2006

InterContinental Hotel

Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan, is to get an InterContinental Hotel. The Windsor (England) based accommodation provider, which claims to be the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, is increasing its presence in the former Soviet republic with the opening of the InterContinental Almaty. It already operates an 'InterCon' in Astana, the commercial center of the country. The new hotel, the former Regent Almaty, will undergo a substantial refurbishment. A 290-room property, it commands a prestigious location opposite the presidential palace. Work will shortly be undertaken on many of its public areas including the lobby and bars, along with 15 additional suites. Sep 2, 2006

Marriott hotels

A lot of flyers are going to love this; a few really won't. Come October 15 Marriott hotels in the United States and Canada go 100 percent smoke-free. Currently, 90 percent of Marriott guestrooms are already smokeless. Encompassed in the move are Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, TownPlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay. Aug 30, 2006

Regent Hotels

Regent Hotels, part of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, is moving into the United Arab Emirates. New for 2010 will be the Regent Dubai Canal Point. The 200-room property is part of a major new multipurpose development right in the heart of the city between the Palm, Jumeirah and Jebel Ali Free Zone. The development will consist of three office towers, two major residential towers and a community services area, including a medical center. Regent Hotels include The Regent Beverley Wilshire Hollywood, the Regent Singapore and The Regent Berlin. Sep 2, 2006

Rocco Forte

Rocco Forte has got himself a slight problem with the naming of his hotels. His latest property is in Berlin and is called the Hotel de Rome. It opens on October 1. In Rome the Rocco Forte hotel is the de Russie, and yes has a property in Russia too, the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg. The Berlin hotel takes its name from a luxury property called the Grand Hotel de Rome, which opened in the late 19th century close to the Bebelplatz where the new Hotel de Rome is located. The original 200-room property was built in 1875 by Adolf Muhling, who included the most modern equipment of the time, such as central heating, marble bathrooms and a hydraulic lift, the hotel rapidly becoming the most prominent hotel in Berlin. The new Hotel de Rome will have 146 rooms and suites; each fitted with discreetly concealed state of the art technology, including flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations. The restaurant will open out to the building's inner courtyard to take advantage of the warmer weather and the hotel's bar features enviable views over the Bebelplatz. Sep 2, 2006

Midland Mainline

Breakfast still seems to be the most controversial meal of the day when it comes to the business traveler. We've lost track of the airlines and their on/off philosophy but the railway people do seem to know what people want, and breakfast is definite. Train operator Midland Mainline is championing breakfast as the most important meal of the day. The company, whose London services leave from St. Pancras, have introduced its very own Breakfast Ambassadors. The idea is to get to grips with a new menu where the choice has transformed from a traditional breakfast grill and pre-packed bacon butties to almost 20 options, with all hot dishes freshly cooked on board. The 'Full Works' combines a 'Healthy Option' of citrus fruits, cereals and probiotic yogurt with the Great British - bacon, egg and the trimmings - or smoked salmon, or kippers. Alternatively, diners can now enjoy the 'Healthy Option', a vegetarian grill, salmon or kippers, as individual choices. In addition, Midland Mainline has introduced bacon and sausage baguettes, freshly cooked on board, and toast served on its own or with scrambled eggs. And there's a new range of breakfast snacks including yogurts, smoothies, tropical fruit salad, cereal bars, croissants and Danish pastries. Breakfast baguettes and snacks are served at seat in first class and are available to all passengers from the mm's bar. Sep 2, 2006
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