News in brief: Le Méridien, Temple, Crestline

Le Méridien to debut in Chicago:  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced on Wednesday the signing of the 172-room Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, scheduled to open in 2014.

Read more at Daily Finance


Temple buys 2 Canadian hotels:  Temple Hotels announced that it purchased 50% stakes in the 350-room Courtyard Ottawa Downtown for US$13 million and the 116-room Residence Inn London Downtown for US$6 million.

Read more at Canada Newswire


Louvre launches new websites: Louvre Hotels Group launched new websites for its Première Classe, Campanile and Kyriad brands that feature TripAdvisor integration.


Crestline expands in Virginia:  Crestline Hotels & Resorts announced it has been appointed to manage the 55-room The Berkeley Hotel, located in Richmond.

Read more at Globe Newswire


Clearwater increases Kamat stake:  Clearwater Capital Partners increased its stake in Kamat Hotels India by 9% to 41.3%.

Read more at VC Circle


Vacant Atlanta hotel sold:  The vacant Clermont Motor Hotel has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Ethan Orley and Philip Welker’s Clermont Hotel Partners, which plans to redevelop the property as a lifestyle hotel.

Read more at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


South Carolina hotel development started:  Local Hotel Adventures began construction of the 100-room The Andell Inn, which will be located on Kiawah Island near Charleston and is scheduled to open in 2014.


Bespoke expands in England:  Bespoke Hotels has taken over management of the 111-room Park Inn by Radisson Sheffield, which will be rebranded as the Sheffield Metropolitan.