Hotel Update

From L.A. to Scotland, we’ve found another handful of the latest hotel openings and renovations around the world hotels to make sure you’re up to date when planning your client’s next getaway.

U.S. Openings In Los Angeles, CA, Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Bel-Air will reopen in October after 24 months of extensive refurbishment and redesign. The hotel’s new website ( already showcases renderings of how the hotel will look come this fall.

“We are so excited to reopen Hotel Bel-Air,” says Tim Lee, general manager. “We hope our new and returning guests will be comforted by our attention to detail in restoring the beloved iconic elements while adding contemporary touches that will elevate the guest’s experience.”

While the property’s familiar Spanish Colonial architecture will remain, the interiors will showcase a total of 103 guestrooms and suites, including 12 brand-new accommodations built into the hillside and featuring sweeping canyon views, spacious decks and private spa pools. Most of the remaining guestrooms will also have larger bathrooms with separate showers and baths, and heated floors. Also new to the hotel will be a 12,000-sq.-ft. Spanish mission-style structure featuring a bell tower, fitness studio and three Loft guestrooms with open floor plans.

Rates at Hotel Bel-Air will start at $565 and will include a $100 dining credit for stays through Dec. 29. For more information, call (800) 648-4097 or visit

In Wyoming, vacationers can enjoy a brand new ranch experience at The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, which officially opened its doors earlier this month.

Set deep in the heart of Wyoming’s Sierra Madre range, the property features a collection of new and newly-renovated historic guest cabins, along with a bevy of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, low impact guided game hunts and mountain biking. Other onsite amenities include the full-service Trailhead Spa, the Bow & Gun Club, an equestrian center and rock climbing wall.

The Lodge is currently offering a Home on the Range summer package that includes accommodations in a Lodge guestroom, Cabin Suite or Cabin Residence; unlimited ranch summer activities including horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and hiking; a spa treatment for two and all meals and beverages, including premium beers, wine and spirits. Rates start at $600 pp dbl and 3-, 4- and 7-night pacakages are available with arrivals on Sundays or Thursdays. For more information, visit

For clients planning on visiting New Orleans this fall, Hyatt Regency New Orleans is now accepting reservations for its Oct. 19 re-opening, following a $275 million total redesign. The renovation, which is almost six years in the making, will include 1,193 refurbished guestrooms and 200,000 sq. ft. of event space. Expansive new food and beverage options will include a 360-seat full-service restaurant, a 300-seat specialty restaurant, a 60-seat Starbucks and a 24-hour fresh market.

For more information, including rates, call (800) 591-1234 or visit

Openings Abroad W Hotels Worldwide just celebrated the opening of its first hotel in Russia, the W St. Petersburg.

“We are excited to bring W to St. Petersburg, a major European cultural center, as well as an international hot spot, especially during the White Night Festival. It is another milestone of W’s global expansion in 2011 after the opening of W LondonW Taipei and W Retreat and Spa Bali-Seminyak this year,” says Eva Ziegler, global brand leader, W Hotels Worldwide and  Le Meridien.

Located just steps from popular landmarks like the magical St. Isaac Cathedral, the Winter Palace—which houses the famed Hermitage Museum—and the Neva River, the property features 137 guestrooms, 10 suites and one Extreme Wow presidential-style suite; miX restaurant, bar and rooftop lounge; a full-service spa with indoor pool and the SWEAT fitness center.

Rates start at $258 per night. For more information, visit

Meanwhile, The Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the completion of refurbishments on Radisson Blu Glasgow in Scotland. Originally opened in 2002, the hotel’s newly completed renovations focus on its 250 guestrooms.

All guestrooms have been given new contemporary decor and furniture and have been designed in two distinctive styles. Gallery rooms provide a dark ambience with lush carpets, artwork from award-winning photographer Brian Sweeny, and vintage posters from Glasgow’s iconic music hangout, Sub Club. City Club rooms offer a light and airy space with wooden floors, splashes of red furniture and sub-culture artwork.