2018 Stella Award Winners: Best Renovation

In the quest for lodging excellence, the world’s top hotels frequently refresh, renovate and expand their offerings. 

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In the quest for lodging excellence, the world’s top hotels frequently refresh, renovate and expand their offerings. Groups benefit from these substantial upgrades, making their on-site experiences even more superb. Extending well beyond a fresh coat of paint, renovations at these Stella Award-winning hotels include everything from meticulous historic restorations to the inclusion of pristine, spa-like guest quarters and even glorious beachfront transformations that prove such investments are money well spent. 

Best Renovation (within the past year)

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Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa
Gold Winner, Northeast

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 1

Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia finished a $2.5 million redesign in April 2018, blending classic architectural details with modern twists, subdued colors and a touch of whimsy with dream-inspired decor. The redesign included 107 rooms including 16 suites, private outdoor terraces and the rest of the hotel’s 5,600 square feet of gathering space, hallways, public areas and French brasserie BRABO, which caters all events. The luxurious urban retreat is a destination unto itself and offers easy access to Washington, D.C.

The Cavalier Hotel
Silver Winner, Northeast 

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 2

The recently renovated historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach is an 85-room, 21-acre oceanfront property and the latest luxury-class member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection with unrivaled meeting and event spaces. Its state-of-theart spaces offer guests customizable experiences. The Crystal Ballroom, once host to big band performers and galas, has been returned to original size and can accommodate up to 200 guests for any type event. The property also includes four distinct dining venues and the first and only distillery fully integrated into a U.S. hotel.


Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin
Gold Winner, Southeast

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 3

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin underwent a complete renovation of the Walt Disney World Dolphin lobby. This $12 million re-design was the final stage of the largest makeover in the hotel’s history. The new lobby has been completely transformed into a sleek contemporary space and features new dining and beverage options and more space for attendees. The lobby re-design is the final stage of a total $150 million project which also includes the transformation of all 2,270 guest rooms, along with upgrades to the hotel’s meeting space.

Naples Grande Beach Resort
Silver Winner, Southeast

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 4

Naples Grande Beach Resort — the independent luxury beachside resort located in Naples, Fla. — offers 474 guest rooms including 29 gulf-view suites, and 50 renovated Garden Villa Suites. Each villa has 700 square feet of spacious living area, complete with two patios overlooking a range of panoramic views. These spacious rooms contain all new furnishings, lighting, and custom art pieces from local Florida artists, as well as bedding designed specifically to emphasize the cool, relaxing oceanside feel of the property. This inspiring and constantly evolving resort recently underwent several renovations to refresh its public spaces, lobby, signature restaurant and more than 83,000 square feet of meeting space. 

The Jung Hotel & Residences
Bronze Winner, Southeast

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 5

A centerpiece of New Orleans' burgeoning Biomedical Innovation District, the Jung Hotel & Residences debuted in January 2018 after undergoing a decade-long renovation to breathe new life into its storied past. The 207-room luxury hotel and modern residences features its landmark exterior, which opens to a marble-clad lobby featuring Art Deco chandeliers. The sleek, artful aesthetic extends throughout the hotel's 21,000-squarefeet of meeting and event space—including an exhibit hall and rooftop pool deck—fitness center, dining and coffee house.


Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Gold Winner, Midwest

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 6

2018 is on track to be a memorable year for Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The hotel celebrates its 17th anniversary with newly renovated, modern and sleek accommodations which increased from 622 to 650 guest rooms. This year the four-star hotel debuted its new dining options, Conner's Kitchen + Bar and Rye Bar, a redesigned lobby, Loaf + Vine Market and M Club Lounge. Ideal for business and leisure travelers alike, the hotel is centrally located and connected via climate-controlled skywalk to the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Silver Winner, Midwest

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 7

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa has debuted 29 luxury all-season villas. The multimillion-dollar investment enhances the resort experience with expanded, upscale accommodations for leisure and business guests. Nestled in a beautifully manicured setting, the villas feature studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations. Each unit includes a full kitchen, flat screen TVs, deluxe furnishings and a furnished outdoor area. The interior design incorporates visual elements of the outdoors while providing a comfortable experience. 


The Scott Resort & Spa
Gold Winner, Southwest

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 8

The Scott, located in Old Town Scottsdale, is undergoing a $15 million renovation, the first phase of which is complete and includes all public spaces, including meeting rooms and The Canal Club, the hotel's new restaurant, bar and lounge. The second phase, which commenced this summer, will revamp all 204 spacious guest rooms, unveil an all-new Presidential Suite and the addition of four one-bedroom suites. The property offers a lively, social vibe with a nod to local Sonoran style and design and will include enhanced amenities and new programming.

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Silver Winner, Southwest

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 9

Rustic yet refined, the $115 million Vineyard Tower expansion at Gaylord Texan boasts 303 luxury guest rooms, an outdoor terrace offering spectacular views of Lake Grapevine and 86,000 square feet of carpeted meeting space including a 30,000-squarefoot ballroom, 30,000 square feet of breakout space and 26,000 square feet of pre-function space. This increases Gaylord Texan's total offerings to 1,814 guest rooms and almost half a million square feet of meeting space, making it one of the top three largest non-gaming convention resorts in the United States.


The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas
Gold Winner, Far West

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 10

The Palazzo is celebrating 10 years with a stunning makeover. The experience has been elevated from end-to-end, including refreshed oversized suites, a reimagined casino, elegant new retail, and three new bar experiences, each designed to encourage networking among meeting attendees. As part of the Sands ECO360 Program, the property incorporated sustainable design and construction during the remodel and renovation project, using industry-leading practices to not only save substantial amounts of energy and water but also improve guest satisfaction.

Hotel Spero
Silver Winner, Far West

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 11

Inspired by the vibrancy of San Francisco and the property's long history in the city, the renovations of the Hotel Spero beautifully blend its past with modernity. The $16 million renovation of this spectacular 236-room hotel touts an open and elegant art-filled lobby, 3,000 square feet of updated and flexible meeting space, guest rooms with carved credenzas and custom Tangram-inspired headboards, and a fitness center complete with top-of-the-line equipment including two Peloton bikes.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Bronze Winner, Far West

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 12

The Cosmopolitan is a luxury resort and casino in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip with a decidedly different perspective. The Cosmopolitan recently debuted newly remodeled accommodations and is the city's only resort to offer private terraces. World-class chefs, contemporary art and design and vibrant nightlife scenes capture the imagination. An eclectic mix of boutiques, a lively Pool District, a 100,000-square-foot casino, 21 new luxury penthouses, private gaming salons and the serene Sahra Spa & Hammam complete the unrivaled experience.


Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Gold Winner, International & U.S. Territories

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 13

After an eight-month rejuvenation,
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's Tower Wing emerged with a new urban resort look inspired by Shangri-La, the mythical utopia. The property unveiled a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three novel restaurant concepts, and a revitalized club lounge. The renovation celebrates nature with inspired sculptures, paintings, chandeliers, furniture, walls made of stone (Southeast Asia's largest indoor natural feature wall) and more. The Wing embraces regional heritage with contemporary furniture made from sustainable materials sourced from Southeast Asia, like parchment and shagreen from Thailand, or rattan and wood from the Philippines.

Atlantis Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Silver Winner, International & U.S. Territories

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 16

This newly updated, Bahamian culture-infused resort, sitting atop five miles of pristine beach on Paradise Island, connects groups to the rich history, art, people, food and festivities of The Bahamas. Guests staying at The Coral at Atlantis enjoy completely renovated rooms and the sparkling poolscape with cabanas. This centerpiece of Atlantis sits beside the white-sand beaches of Paradise Island. The Coral has the closest proximity to the Atlantis Conference Center and The Marina Village—filled with new Bahamian dining and cultural features, with options for everyone.

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
Bronze Winner, International & U.S. Territories

2018 Stella Award Winners Best Renovation 17

After a two-phase, $50 million renovation, Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is now the newest property in The Cayman Islands. Situated on the widest, most expansive portion of the Seven Mile Beach, the resort unveiled entirely redesigned guest rooms and suites; a fresh, contemporary aesthetic in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and enriched visitor experiences. Frequent guests of the resort and newcomers will enjoy the resort's new, refined design and unparalleled location on one of the world's most famous beaches.

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