In this economy, you don't see many five-star luxury hotels opening. That's not stopping the St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, a high-end brand owned by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, from expanding.
The latest U.S. addition: The St. Regis Bal Harbour in the North Miami Beach section of Miami. The 243-room hotel opened after a six-year re-development—costing more than $700 million-- from what was once a Sheraton. It features a restaurant created by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
In 2007, St. Regis had 13 hotels globally. By the end of this year, the brand will have 32. Upcoming openings include The St. Regis Doha, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi and The St. Regis Mauritius Resort.
Courtesy of USA Today