The lodging industry, mired in the worst occupancy and nightly-rate slump in years, continues to exacerbate its problems by continuing to open hotels at a breathtaking pace. But that’s good new for travelers, since new properties at low rates are always something worth noting.
- From Starwood comes a 265-room Westin in the Park Plaza development in Mexico City. It also opened a 147-room Aloft in Brussels and a 136-room Aloft in South Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- From Hyatt comes a 129-room Hyatt Place in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and a 126-room Hyatt Place in Columbus, near the campus of Ohio State University.
- From Marriott, there’s a 128-room Fairfield Inn in the Briar Creek area of Raleigh, North Carolina, and a 456-room Courtyard in Shanghai’s Puxi district.
- From InterContinental comes an 87-room Holiday Inn Express in North Houston. It has also converted the former Renaissance hotel in Syracuse, New York, to a Crowne Plaza, slapped the Holiday Inn brand name on the Waikiki Beachcomber in Honolulu and converted a former Ramada in Riverhead, New York, to a Hotel Indigo.
- From Hilton comes the 540-room Doubletree in the Golden Triangle district of Kuala Lumpur. It has also put the Doubletree name on the Park Vista hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
- A 240-room Radisson resort has opened in Split, Croatia.
- Three AmeriTel Inns in Idaho–in Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and Boise–have converted to the LaQuinta chain.
Joe Brancatelli is editor and publisher of JoeSentMe.com, a non-commercial Web site for business travelers. Copyright 2010 by Joe Brancatelli. Licensed by contract for Orbitz use.