They might not be brand new, but some of the most anticipated hotel openings in the near future will be rebranded properties that have changed hands and benefited from some serious capital injection to restore them to the the top of their game. The following seven meetings properties already are creating some buzz on the occasion of, or not long before, their official redux debut.
• The 396-room BEI San Francisco, formerly the Holiday Inn San Francisco Civic Center, opened on Jan. 11, following a $30 million renovation. Branded as an independent lifestyle hotel that encourages collaboration, the hotel features seven completely remodeled guest-room categories, including "Stay Work Play" rooms designed with beds that tuck away to transform the living space into a work area, not to mention an outdoor terrace for breakout meetings and sessions. The hotel's 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space includes the lobby, game room, gallery and fourth-floor outdoor terrace. Coming this spring is a fitness center as well as two dining options: Sum, a casual eatery, will serve breakfast and dinner, while Ren will be an on-the-go daytime spot with freshly made pastries, specialty deli items, craft coffees, beer and wine.
• The former Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection, was rebranded earlier this year as the 685-room JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, following the opening of its new 16-story, 325-room Orchid Tower in 2018, which doubled the resort's room count. Additions and renovations to the property, which features 121,000 square feet of meeting and event space, includes a new lobby bar, an expansion of the golf courses' pro shop and a redesign of the resort's two Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole courses by Raymond Floyd. Next the Tidal Cove Waterpark opens featuring a 60-foot tower with seven water slides; two additional dining options will debut later this year.
• The 288-room Waikiki Parc Hotel on Oahu, Hawaii, has been a part of the Waikiki skyline for three decades. Currently closed for a multimillion-dollar transformation, it will reopen this October as the Halepuna Waikik by Halekulani, modeled in part after its sister hotel next door, the 453-room Halekulani resort. The hotel will feature a full-service restaurant, an eighth-floor pool deck and bar, a fitness center and meeting space. The lobby will house substantial pieces of Hawaiian art through the hotel's partnership with the Honolulu Museum of Art.
• Purchased by billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Hotels, in April 2018, the 1,504-room Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will close its doors this fall for a massive $150 million renovation that will transform the property into the Virgin Hotel Las Vegas. Upon reopening in 2020, the hotel will sport a sleek, trendy new look that will include an overhaul of its multiple bars, lounges and restaurants; the 60,000-square-foot casino; and the addition of the brand's flagship Commons Club, a multi-use space that doubles as meeting space during the day and a club at night. Virgin Hotels currently has properties in Chicago and San Francisco, with several more in the pipeline, including Dallas (slated to open by the end of this year), and Nashville and New York City (both in 2020).
• The InterContinental Milwaukee hotel closed on Jan. 8 for a major overhaul and rebranding. The property will reopen this spring, reborn as the 219-room Saint Kate with 13,000 square feet of meeting space. It is named for the patron saint of artists, Saint Catherine, because the hotel's owners, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, plan to turn the property into the city's first independent, art-centric hotel. Renovations include the addition of a new Black Box theater and gallery space for local artists, as well as an artist-in-residence studio, where guests can watch art being created.
• The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, which is owned by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PLC, is currently closed and undergoing a US$60 million top-down overhaul to be completed by this spring. The property will reopen as the 257-room Biltmore Mayfair and will join Hilton's new soft brand, LXR Hotels & Resorts, its first in Europe. Meeting and event space will include a 5,300-square foot ballroom, three meeting rooms and a year-round terrace for outdoor gatherings.
• The former Astir Palace Hotel in Athens is being transformed into the 303-room Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, the brand's first in Greece, and is set to open in March. Just minutes from the historic city center of the Greek capital on a peninsula jutting into the Aegean Sea, the property will feature close to 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space, four restaurants, a full-service spa with eight treatment rooms, a tennis academy, a fully-staffed children's club and three private beaches.