Convention Center Hotel Update

Salt Lake City Convention Center Hotel
Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City is the destination’s long awaited convention center hotel [Photo credit: Portman Holdings]
A number of convention center hotel projects have received the green light and others have broken ground. Here are 5 that have caught our eye.

Salt Lake City Convention Center Hotel

A Salt Lake City convention center hotel broke ground this week. The 700-room Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City will be located on the southeast corner of the lot on which the Salt Palace Convention Center sits and be built adjacent to the convention center’s public space. The 25-floor property will offer 60,000 sf of indoor meeting space, including the 23,138 sf Regency Ballroom and a 14,682 sf junior ballroom, as well as 7,400 sf of outdoor event space. Estimated to cost $377 million, the project is scheduled to be completed and hosting its first guests in October 2022. The hotel will have a restaurant on the first floor, a lobby bar, another restaurant and fitness center on the sixth floor, adjacent to an outdoor amenity area that will include a pool and terrace for events and other activities.

“The hotel will greatly benefit meeting and convention planners and their attendees,” says Mark White, Visit Salt Lake’s senior VP of sales and services, in a statement. “The hotel will essentially increase the convention district’s room inventory and convention center size by 10 percent, which will enable Salt Lake to host larger groups and host them in a more convenient manner. Additionally, the sizable hotel lobby, public areas and lobby bar will provide perfect settings for networking and after-hours relaxation.”

Memphis Convention Center Hotel

Touting itself as a “River City on the Rise,” there is a great deal of transformation happening in Memphis. Its convention center is being modernized to the tune of $200 million. Renasant Convention Center is the new name of the facility that is slated to be complete by Fall 2020.

A new convention center property is also in the works, a 500-room Loews. Details for this project are still in the works.

Kansas City Convention Center Hotel

Set to open in the spring, Loews Kansas City Hotel will include 800 guestrooms, a lobby bar, signature restaurant, restaurant, indoor lap pool and 60,000 sf of meeting and event space, which connects directly to the Kansas City Convention Center with a new connector bridge. The hotel is also in walking distance to key attractions and other destination landmarks like the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center, KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Arlington Convention Center Hotel

An $810 million expansion of Arlington’s Entertainment District is in the works, adding a hotel, new convention center, and more dining, retail and entertainment options.

A $550 million, 888-room Loews Arlington Hotel that will be connected to a new Arlington Convention Center, which will offer 216,000 square feet of meeting and outdoor function space, is in the works.

“It’s another great day in Arlington, as we continue to build on the economic momentum in our world-class Entertainment District,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, in a statement. “When Loews Hotels & Co, The Cordish Companies, the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington all come together on a project, there’s no limit to the dreams we can realize here in The American Dream City..”

This expansion is the next phase of a $4 billion vision by the City of Arlington, Texas Rangers, The Cordish Companies and Loews Hotels & Co that began with the $250 million Texas Live!, which opened August 2018, and Live! by Loews Hotel which opened in August 2019.

“As an owner and operator, Loews Hotels has the advantage of deciding when and where we build hotels. For us to invest significant capital in the new $550 million Loews Arlington Hotel, demonstrates our belief in the great city of Arlington, Texas,” said Jonathan Tisch, chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co., in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City, The Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies, and are confident that with the addition of Loews Arlington, the destination will receive national prominence and recognition for hotels and lodging as AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field did for sports and entertainment.”

Palmetto, FL Convention Center Hotel

A new Sheraton Hotel is being built next to the Bradenton Area Convention Center. It will be an eight story, full-service hotel with over 250 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar. Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Elliott Falcione, said with a full-service hotel next door, the convention center will be more appealing and will help boost the economy.

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