U.S. Abounds with Hotel Projects in the Works

NATIONAL REPORT—From resorts underway in Florida to developments out west,  here’s more on the projects underway across the U.S.

Disney to Expand on World Swan and Dolphin Resort for Groups

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL has revealed an expansion of the resort, with amenities catering to meetings and groups. The project is expected to break ground early this fall and is scheduled to be completed in the fall 2020. The new structure will be located next to the Swan Resort.

The tower will be 14 stories with the following amenities:

  • Meeting and rooftop space—More than 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two ballrooms, 12 meeting rooms and a rooftop reception
  • Guestrooms—349 guestrooms, including 151 suites
  • Outdoor space—Landscaped 16,800-sq.-ft. elevated deck with a fire pit and pool
  • Restaurant—90-seat restaurant and a 50-seat lounge
  • Other amenitiesHealth club, business center, grab-and-go market, craft cocktail lobby bar and Disney benefits

The expansion follows a $150-million transformation of the resort’s guestrooms, lobby areas and all meeting space. Once the new tower is completed, the resort will have more than 2,600 total guestrooms and 350,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Beach Resort Breaks Ground in Miramar Beach, FL

Sandestin Investments LLC has started construction on the 250-room full-service hotel, The Sandestin Hotel, located adjacent to the Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. The hotel is set to be completed by April 2020.

Batson-Cook will construct the hotel, the architect for the project is design firm Cooper Carry and Highgate has been tapped to manage the hotel. In addition, celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson will partner to develop the new hotel’s culinary offerings.

The hotel includes a restaurant, lobby bar, room service, spa, a fitness facility, a rooftop pool and bar, more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a 13,000-sq.-ft. ballroom.

Montage International Brings Luxury Resort to Big Sky, MT

Montage International together with CrossHarbor Capital Partners LLC has revealed the groundbreaking of Montage Big Sky, which is set to open in 2021. Designed by Hart Howerton, Brayton Hughes and EDG of San Francisco, Montage Big Sky will be the first luxury resort in the Big Sky, MT market. The property is close to the Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport and Yellowstone National Park.

The $400-million resort will have150 guestrooms and suites and 39 Montage Residences. Resort amenities include a restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, market, pub and recreation room with bowling alley, indoor lap pool, family swimming pool, fitness center, Spa Montage, ski lockers and skier services and 12,870 sq. ft. of meeting space. 

My Place Continues Growth in Utah

My Place Hotels of America has broke ground on Utah’s fourth My Place Hotel in Hurricane, UT. Construction has began on the three-story, 46-unit hotel, which is expected to be completed by Q1 2019. The hotel is locally owned and developed by Vincent and Danyale Blackmore of 3 Dimensional Contractors Inc. Extended-stay guestrooms have kitchen amenities. In addition, the property is pet-friendly, has on-site laundry services, free WiFi and a 24-hour store.