West Points Thayer Hotel annex to get face-lift

The Thayer Hotel, on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, will spend $2.5 million to upgrade its annex building, which houses two conference rooms and 21 suites.

The hotel will install new furnishings and carpets and renovate bathrooms. The work is scheduled to be completed next spring.

The hotel recently spent $26 million reconfiguring its guest rooms (the hotel had 300 rooms but now has 150 larger rooms) and upgrading nine meetings rooms.

The Thayer Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally constructed to accommodate U.S. Military Academy personnel and their guests.

Hyatt Hotels agreed to manage the 360-room Wyndham Wind Watch hotel in Hauppauge. The chain renamed the property the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Long Island.

Hyatt said it signed a management agreement with Highland Hospitality Corp., the hotels owner. Highland is in- vesting $10 million to renovate  the hotels rooms, meetings facilities, restaurant and other public spaces next year.

Long Islands third largest hotel, the Hyatt Regency has more than 18,000 square feet of meetings space and is adjacent to the Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club.

Construction began on New Yorks first Residence Inn by Marriott at Avenue of the Americas and West 39th Street. The 357-suite hotel is expected to open by the end of 2005.

The hotel will be part of the mixed-use Bryant Park Tower, a 43-story building that will include 96 apartments for rent, street-level retail shops and a parking garage.

Residence Inns are designed as all-suite hotels offering studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary Internet access, coffeemakers, microwaves, full-sized appliances and in-room modem lines.

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