Reed Travel Features
JACKSONVILLE -- A number of lodging companies and hotel
interests plan to build hotels and renovate area properties.
Interstate Hotels Co. of Pittsburgh, for example, signed a
letter of intent to develop a full-service property near the
Jacksonville Convention Center.
An upscale brand affiliation will be sought.
No other details were available at press time.
In other news:
* Orlando hotelier Richard Kessler is set to buy the old Cordova
Hotel in St. Augustine and turn it into one of his Grand Theme
Hotels. He plans to call the 100-room hotel the Flagler Casa
Built in the 1880s as the Hotel Casa Monica and later bought by
Henry Flagler, it was renamed Hotel Cordova.
It became the St. Johns County Courthouse in the early 1960s and
now is vacant.
Kessler also operates the Castle Hotel in Orlando.
* A $1.2 million renovation is under way at the 66-room Lodge
& Beach Club at Ponte Vedra Beach.
The remodeling project will be completed by next February at the
property, which formerly was known as the Lodge & Bath
The bathrooms and the guest rooms have been updated with new
water filters, paint, artwork and carpeting.
The lodge's 12,500-square-foot health club was revamped last
year and features a full line of cardiovascular equipment and
Restaurants and lounges also will be redone.
* As part of a $35 million project, Amelia Island Plantation
upgraded its Center Court tennis facility with a $100,000
The hotel broke ground for 250 oceanfront rooms as part of its
new Amelia Inn and Beach Club; the project includes more than
23,000 square feet of conference space. An opening is planned for
* Hilton Hotels Corp. returned to Jacksonville with the issuance
of a franchise to Maryland Hospitality Inc., College Park, Md. The
firm is the owner and operator of the 291-room Jacksonville Hilton
The hotel, at 1201 Riverplace Blvd., had been a Hilton from 1971
to 1987; it operated independently from 1987 to July 1991, when it
In the interim, the hotel underwent a $15 million