|By Matt Glynn, The Buffalo News, N.Y.|
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Apr. 8, 2005 - The Four Points by Sheraton hotel next to the Walden Galleria is about to change its identity.
As of April 28, the Cheektowaga property will be known as Millennium Hotel Buffalo Airport. It will also embark on $1.5 million worth of improvements following the name change.
London-based Millennium and Copthorne acquired the hotel in 1999 with a package of other hotels, but has continued to operate it under the Four Points by Sheraton name.
The property consists of 300 rooms, and has amenities including Walden's Restaurant and Twigs Sports Lounge, and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel, located near the Thruway, opened in 1973.
Millennium and Copthorne's U.S. subsidiary, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, will manage the Cheektowaga hotel.
Millennium Hotel and Resorts operates locations in major metropolitan areas including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, in addition to smaller markets such as Buffalo Niagara.
The hotel's general manager could not be reached to comment Thursday. In a press release, Millennium officials said the property will retain the "character and appeal" that customers of the hotel are used to, while also undergoing renovations to ensure the property meets Millennium's standards.
Parent company Millennium and Copthorne operates about 90 hotels in 16 countries.
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