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Old 12-26-2009, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I was wondering if I could get a list of all the large convention hotels in the country. I'm especially interested in the newer ones that seem to be popping up in almost every major city, but if you could list the top few in your city and aprox when they opened, that would be great. Include hotels under construction or very far along in the development stages and one good photo or rendering would be helpfull too.

Please don't list every hotel in your city. I don't want to see all that. Just very large convention hotels, typically 1000 plus rooms. Most major metros only have one or two, some have none and of course some of the very large or vacation cities (NYC, Vegas, Orlando) will have quite a few.

Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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The Los Angeles Convention Center is located downtown so the hotels also are serving business travelers and tourists as well, but convention centers make up a significant amount of their business and occupancy. There are two "ultra large" hotels near the convention center (one hasn't opened yet).

1. The 35 story AAA 4 star Westin Bonaventure Hotel: 1,354 rooms (built 1976)


2. The 54 story L.A. Live featuring the JW Marriott (879 rooms) and Ritz Carlton (123 rooms) for a total of 1,001 rooms- opens early 2010


3. The 900 room Wilshire Grand Hotel built in 1952. Planned replacement by a luxury 40 story hotel.

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Old 12-26-2009, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Nice, thanks for the post!

I did not know about the LA Live project. Do you know how it was funded? Is Cordish involved in financing? That is a nice looking hotel tower(s).
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest in Southern California, located literally across the street from the California Adventure theme park at the Disneyland Resort. Hence the two large convention center hotels also fill their rooms with tourists as well visiting the theme parks. The Hilton and Marriott are next to the convention center.

Hilton Anaheim- 1,572 rooms built in 1984


Marriott Anaheim Convention Center- 1,030 rooms built in 1981
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Nice, thanks for the post!

I did not know about the LA Live project. Do you know how it was funded? Is Cordish involved in financing? That is a nice looking hotel tower(s).
I don't believe Cordish was involved in financing. The main partners for the L.A. Live Project were AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group, also the developer), Wachovia, and investment firm MacFarlane Partners.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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The 500 foot plus Grand Hyatt and Marriot Rivercenter, center the Marriott Riverwalk convention center hotels. Total 2,700 rooms.



http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3045/...5069b00b_b.jpg

Flickr Photo Download: The Grand Hyatt and the Riverwalk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/59879830@N00/3879174423/sizes/l/ - broken link)


Flickr Photo Download: An early morning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidlhernandez/4062852842/sizes/l/ - broken link)
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta is ranked #4 for conventions in the U.S., so there are more rooms than normal for a Downtown of this size. There are about 12,000 rooms within walking distance to the Georgia World Congress Center.

The big boys:
Marriott Marquis (Tallest atrium in the U.S.) 1,757 rooms

Hyatt Regency (Hotel that started worlwide atrium trend) 1,260 rooms

Hilton Atlanta (Home to one of the few remaining Trader Vic's) 1,242 rooms

Omni (Directly connected to CNN Center) 1,070 rooms

Westin Peachtree Plaza (At 73 stories, tallest hotel in America) Not sure of the present room count, as there is a massive renovation/repair job ongoing due to a direct hit by a tornado in the Spring of '08. Quite a few rooms are out of commission at this time, as is the signature revolving Sun Dial Restaurant/Lounge. Over 6,300 windows had to be custom ordered to replace all the damaged glass in the tower!

Lot's of convention/business traffic here, with over 93,000 total rooms in the metro.
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Old 12-27-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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San Antonio has about 15,000 downtown hotel rooms.
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Old 12-28-2009, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Orlando has many in the Orange County Convention Center area:

Mariott World Center (largest in the world):


Rosen Shingle Creek:


The Peabody Orlando (Currently building a second taller tower):


New Orlando Hilton adjacent to the Convention center (rendering):
http://www.welbro.com/assets/Projects/Prj_27_84_Hilton-Orlando-Rendering.jpg (broken link)

There are more, especially smaller ones but these are some of the largest and nicest in the area!
We also have a JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton closeby and in the general Disney area they opened another Hilton and Waldorf Astoria. There is also a brand new Westin in the same area as the Hilton and Shingle Creek resorts above.
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