February 2015

East Upgrades & Openings (Feb. 2015)


After 18 months of construction, the Boston Marriott Burlington completed its multimillion-dollar renovation project, which updated function rooms and fitness and pool facilities. The hotel now features the Marriott Greatroom lobby concept, with a large fireplace, community table and U-shaped bar. The 419-room hotel offers 14,570 square feet of flexible meeting space, many of which, including the adaptable 9,000-square-foot Celebration Ballroom, received technological updates. www.marriott.com

New Jersey

Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa launched a $13 million renovation that will update the casino floor, hotel suites, Spa Toccare and the front desk area. The Borgata previously completed a $50 million redesign of all 1,566 guest rooms in 2012 and will spend an additional $6 million updating the 39 Opus suites and two 5,000-square-foot Residence suites this year. In total, the resort offers 161,000 square feet of gaming, five restaurants, a 36,000-square-foot spa and 18,000 square feet of meeting space. www.theborgata.com

New York

The historic New York Knickerbocker is slated to reopen this month. The 330-room property originally opened in 1906 and overlooks Times Square, offering group venues that include Charlie Palmer at the Knick, a full-service restaurant, and the St. Cloud rooftop bar. The Knickerbocker will offer meeting facilities for up to 250 people. www.theknickerbocker.com

Starwood debuted the Aloft Buffalo Airport. Featuring 153 guest rooms, the hotel is 10 minutes from Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 30 minutes from Niagara Falls and 15 minutes from entertainment and dining in downtown Buffalo. The Aloft property offers 600 square feet of meeting space. www.aloftbuffaloairport.com


A new 189-room DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry is now open, following a multimillion-dollar rebranding effort and renovation that updated guest rooms and added a new dining concept. The DoubleTree offers 23,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. Cranberry Township is one of the fastest growing regions in Pittsburgh. www.doubletree.com

Rhode Island

A multimillion-dollar renovation of public spaces at the Omni Providence is now complete. The lobby, meeting spaces, indoor pool and coffee shop were all touched by the update, which brought in new furniture and local artwork, including a unique tile mosaic depicting a historic photograph of the city. The Omni Providence offers 564 guest rooms and is connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center. www.omnihotels.com

Washington, D.C.

The Watergate Hotel is scheduled to open this summer following a $125 million renovation. Located in the Georgetown neighborhood near the Potomac River, the hotel will offer 343 guest rooms, most of which have river views. The new design embraces the hotel’s infamous past while adding new amenities. Additional meeting space was a key aspect of the renovation; the new Watergate will include 17,000 square feet of function space, including a 7,000-square-foot ballroom and an outdoor terrace. www.thewatergatehotel.com

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