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What You Read in the First Half of 2014

Just one glass, please!

As we pass the year’s midway point, let’s look back at the most popular news and features we brought you in the first six months of 2014.  From surveys and flight reviews to new regulations on mobile device use in the cockpit, here are the articles that caught our readers’ attention.
NEWS STORIES
1.)       American Quietly Retires Last Boeing 767-200.  The airline’s last two 767s in service enjoyed a well-earned retirement …

Starwood Debuts New Le Méridien Hotel in Tampa

Starwood Debuts New Le Méridien Hotel in Tampa

Starwood announced the opening of a new Le Méridien property in Tampa, Florida. The Le Méridien Tampa is located on North Florida Avenue on the site of a century-old federal courthouse, which underwent a $26 million renovation to become a Le Méridien property
The hotel has 130 guestrooms, an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center. The property also houses a French restaurant with al fresco dining options, …

New Aloft Hotel Opens in India

New Aloft Hotel Opens in India

Starwood announced the opening of a new Aloft brand hotel in Bangalore, the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. The Aloft Bangalore Cessna Business Park is the second Aloft brand property to open in Bangalore.
The new hotel has 178 loft-like rooms and 13 suites, each with a 42” HD TV, a platform bed, and bathrooms with walk-in showers and a selection of bath amenities.
The property also houses a …

Starwood to Open Three New Hotels in China

Starwood to Open Three New Hotels in China

Starwood announced it will open three new properties across China by the end of this year. The new hotels include a St. Regis establishment in Chengdu, a W Hotels property in Beijing, and a Luxury Collection hotel in Hangzhou.  In addition, the company will reopen a Luxury Collection hotel in Dalian, following extensive renovations to the property.
The St. Regis Chengdu, slated to open late this summer, will be located within …

Starwood to Open Le Méridien Hotel in Malaysia

Starwood to Open Le Méridien Hotel in Malaysia

Starwood announced it will open a new Le Méridien hotel in Putrajaya, a city in the Klang Valley region of Malaysia, in 2015. The new hotel, called Le Méridien Putrajaya, will be located close to the city’s commercial district.
The property will have 350 guestrooms, two restaurants, a pool, fitness center, and spa. The hotel will also have 17,545 square feet (1,630 square meters) of meeting and event space, including a …

Starwood Unveils Renovations to Westin Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Starwood Unveils Renovations to Westin Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Starwood announced the completion of a $17 million renovation to the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center hotel.  Changes and upgrades were made to the property’s guestrooms, lobby, fitness center, and meeting space, while a new dining venue was also installed.
The hotel’s 406 guestrooms and suites have newly remodeled bathrooms, 50” HD TVs, refrigerators, room safes, and new Westin brand beds. In addition, rooms also offer newly updated room service menus.
The …

Sheraton Resort in Rio de Janeiro Unveils Extensive Renovations

Sheraton Resort in Rio de Janeiro Unveils Extensive Renovations

Starwood announced that it has completed the first phase of renovations on a Sheraton brand beachfront property in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The upgrades to the Sheraton Rio Hotel and Resort cost $50 million to complete, and include remodeled guestrooms and suites, a redesigned lobby, expanded meeting facilities, and several new venues, including a spa and two restaurants.
The property’s 461 guestrooms and 77 suites now have balconies that are outfitted …