by Matt Alderton | November 29, 2012
The new owners of the Westin Annapolis in Annapolis, Md., will replace two failed restaurants with new meeting space, local newspaper The Capital reported this week.

The restaurants, Morton's steakhouse and the Annapolis Grill, total 8,321 square feet. Their transformation will be part of a larger renovation that will also encompass the property's 225 guest rooms, as well as its lobby, Azure restaurant and lounge, and existing ballroom, all of which will be updated with new wall coverings, carpeting and drapery.

The hotel's new owners — Dallas-based Crow Holdings Capital Partners LLC, who purchased the hotel from The Carlyle Group, which had owned it since its opening in 2007 — hope the new meeting space will make the Westin more competitive with the Loews Annapolis Hotel. According to The Capital, Loews has more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space while the Westin currently has just 13,750 square feet.

Connie Del Signore, president of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, called the restaurants-to-meeting-space plan "a brilliant move," The Capital said.

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