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Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino on the Queens­land Gold Coast will spend $75m up­grad­ing its al­most 600 gue­strooms, in­stalling luxury bath­rooms and bed­ding, and ac­quir­ing state-of-the-art light­ing, iPad con­nec­tiv­ity and smart tele­vi­sions; the first of the new-look rooms will open late Oc­to­ber • A 16room ur­ban retreat opens next month within Lecce’s an­cient city walls in Puglia; La Fiermontina has been built around a 17th-cen­tury villa and in­cludes con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian fur­ni­ture, cus­tom tex­tiles and art­works from the owner’s col­lec­tion • New man­age­ment and a $US25m ($32 m) makeover are breath­ing new life into iconic LA ho­tel The Hol­ly­wood Roo­sevelt with its fa­mous David Hock­ney pool and Teddy’s nightspot; the up­dated in­te­ri­ors, by de­sign duo Yabu Pushel­ber, pay homage to the Roo­sevelt’s Span­ish colo­nial roots • Hong Kong-based Man­darin Ori­en­tal has joined with a Saudi multi­na­tional, The Olayan Group, to pur­chase the Ho­tel Ritz Madrid and will begin a €90 mil­lion ($126 mil­lion) over­haul of all 167 gue­strooms in 2017; a day spa and sev­eral new restau­rants are also on the agenda • Pep­pers Con­vent Hunter Val­ley has un­veiled phase two of a makeover tak­ing the fam­i­ly­owned ho­tel’s in­te­ri­ors from coun­try chintz to so­phis­ti­cated em­pire and art deco; the new look can be found in the five large Pre­mier suites, foyer, lounge and restau­rant.

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