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Hotel News Briefs: Waldorf-Astoria Collection Snaps Up Property in Jerusalem
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· The Waldorf-Astoria Collection: As expected, the Waldorf-Astoria Collection keeps on growing. Hilton's luxury chain, anchored by the flagship Waldorf-Astoria in New York, has announced plans for the Palace Jerusalem which will be a 220-room hotel with 30 residences on site. The building for the hotel was actually built in 1929 but will undergo a complete restoration and renovation before opening in 2010.
· Kimpton Hotels: Kimpton is already planning a Hotel Palomar for the City of Brotherly Love but they are also working on adding another hotel in the Robert Morris building on 17th and Arch Streets. Both hotels should open sometime in 2009.
· RockResorts: The Inn at Beaver Creek will now be known as The Osprey at Beaver Creek and has been snapped up by RockResorts. The 41-room hotel will get a $7 million renovation this summer and re-open just in time for the 2008/2009 winter ski season.
· The Opus Montreal: The Opus has opened a new dining scene called Koko Restaurant & Bar, a 9000-square feet serving modern Asian cuisine. The name Koko was inspired by the glamorous Coco Chanel and actually Koko means "here" in Japan.
· The Lanesborough: The posh London hotel has also added a new restaurant, Apsleys. The fine dining establishment will feature modern Italian cuisine from chef Nick Bell. Apsleys will open in what was formerly The Conservatory Restaurant.