St. Regis Princeville Resort Kauai, Hawaii WATG WATG transformed this 23-acre, 303-room resort from a property outfitted in a somewhat heavy, European style to one with a more Hawaiian and residential feel. The resort reopened in late 2009 as the first St. Regis property in Hawaii. Today, major hotel renovations are less common in the U.S. than budget-conscious upgrades.
Intersect: A Fairmont Media Lounge San Francisco Freebairn-Smith & Crane This 2,400-square-foot lounge in the Fairmont San Francisco occupies space once used for hotel offices. It has gaming stations, an interactive media table, and a 40-person-capacity screening room with an LCD projector.
Hyatt Regency San Antonio San Antonio, Texas Looney & Associates and Douglas Architects This spring, the Hyatt Regency completed the first phase of a $30 million renovation, which gave the hotel a new porte-cochère and revamped the lobby to achieve what the hotel's general manager calls an "urban lodge" ambiance. The second phase of the renovation, under way now, will focus on the meeting rooms and ballroom.