Irvine, CA-based R.D. Olson Construction, a specialist in hotelconstruction, is building the Residence Inn, which is expectedto be completed in the summer of 2009. The 11-story hotel's 178rooms will include 139 studio-size rooms, 29 one-bedroom suites and10 two-bedroom suites.

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The new hotel site is at 600 Queensway Dr., overlooking the LongBeach Harbor and close to the Queen Mary ocean liner. It is beingdesigned by the Cuningham Group architects of Marina del Rey, CA,with Seattle-based Johnson Braund Design Group Inc. as the interiordesigner.

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[IMGCAP(2)]The Sheraton Universal Hotel, at 333 UniversalHollywood Dr., is a central location for guests in theentertainment business and visitors to Universal Studios, theCityWalk retail and entertainment area and other attractions. Themakeover, timed for the property's 40th anniversary, will includeupgrades to all guest rooms and certain public spaces, says HoytHarper, senior vice president of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts.

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Once the renovations are completed, the hotel will feature 451guest rooms, several specialty suites, poolside Lanai rooms,restaurants, private dining rooms and two bars, semi-privatecabanas in the lobby bar and remodeled pool area. Additionalupgrades, including more than 30,000 sf of indoor and outdoormeeting space and a more extensive pool renovation, are slated for2009.

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