In major markets of the developed world, dark and depressing airport hotels are becoming a thing of the past. Global hotel chains are providing major upgrades in consumer choice. A good case in point is the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, located in Richmond, British Columbia.

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Until recently the Hopi reservation in northeastern Arizona didn’t have the type of modern hotel that many travelers are accustomed to. That changed when Hopi elders in the Upper Village of Moenkopi gave the go-ahead for construction of the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites, a good-looking, up-to-date facility that opened in February 2010.

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Anchoring the extensive renovation is a re-invented lobby and the adjoining new Waterline restaurant and bar, where guests can work alone or in groups, eat, drink and socialize.

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Grand Luxxe Resorts has opened new towers and buildings for its high-end luxury hotels in the Mexican resort destinations of Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Maya. The two latest resort additions provide a total of 315 new suites.

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The hotel and villa packages for the 2012 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, which is being held from April 18 to April 22, allow visitors to secure tickets to events that always sell out and access to celebrity chefs.

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The superb Conrad Tokyo occupies a glassy modern highrise just across a busy city street from the lovely Hamarikyu Garden, which has traditional wooden buildings, artfully landscaped grounds, pretty walking paths and hushed tea ceremonies.

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Viceroy Hotel Group has added the former The Tides Riviera Maya to its luxury Viceroy Hotels and Resorts portfolio, following completion of a major renovation at the beach resort. The property has been renamed the Viceroy Riviera Maya.

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The central-city district near Sanlitun Road is arguably the hippest district in Beijing, and The Opposite House is unarguably the hippest hotel on that busy, buzzy shopping, drinking and clubbing street.

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A city hotel with a resort feel, the 255-room, five-star property perches on the lip of Marlin Marina, with lovely Trinity Bay beyond. Two minutes’ walk from the front lobby is the Reef Fleet Terminal, bristling with fast boats to the Great Barrier Reef, an hour away in the Coral Sea.

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While it’s not a posh 5-star hotel, Santa Fe’s Inn on the Alameda boasts grace notes that equal or surpass the offerings of most 4-star properties.

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Located in the Presidio’s historic Pershing Hall, previously the post’s bachelor officers’ quarters, Inn at the Presidio aims to provide an authentic experience of the privilege once reserved for the ‘top brass’.

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Featuring 168 rooms and facing the Black Sea, the all-glass-exterior hotel is located at 1 Ninoshvili Street in the center of Batumi, alongside the city’s Batumi Boulevard and near the seashore.

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The 202-room hotel is located on Schubertring, the site of numerous monumental buildings built from 1860 to 1890.

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Boasting 128 guestrooms, the Fairfield Inn Los Cabos is Marriott International’s first property in Los Cabos and is located on Lazaro Cardenas, the principal avenue of Cabo San Lucas.

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The first two hotels to debut the new design will be the 194-room Courtyard by Marriott Aberdeen and the 230-room room Courtyard by Marriott Cologne. Both hotels are scheduled to open in 2013.

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Rezidor has reached agreement with Luigi Simari, the owner of the Grand Hotel Milan Malpensa, to have the hotel re-branded as the Park Inn by Radisson Milan Malpensa.

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Marriott International has opened its first hotel in Siberia, the 208-room Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center.

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The Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Herald Square, to be located on the northeast corner of 6th Avenue and 35th Street, will occupy the former Atlantic Bank of New York building, constructed in 1928.

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Hacienda Concepcion is located on more than 2,000 acres of rainforest within walking distance of Lake Sandoval (home to the endangered giant river otter) and offers a unique range of land and river excursions.

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