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Hotels and resorts across the country are investing in upgrades to their guest rooms, meeting spaces, restaurants and more. From the Sunshine State to the Golden State, these are some of the properties making improvements this year.
L’Auberge de Sedona (above), a boutique hotel with 88 rooms, has completed a redesign of its largest event space, the Garden Ballroom. The 2,400-square-foot room features expansive glass doors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a wood-burning fireplace. It holds up to 150 guests.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale recently finished up a $1.4 million renovation of its ballrooms. The 119-room property has more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
In February, the W Scottsdale debuted five new penthouse suites, bringing the property’s total to 241 rooms, including 17 suites. The new spaces range from 1,000 to 2,700 square feet, with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, full kitchens and in-unit laundry facilities. The hotel provides nearly 12,000 square feet of event space.
The 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel in San Diego unveiled new oceanfront event spaces earlier this year. The indoor and outdoor venues include the 2,000-square-foot Shores Lawn and the 1,320-square-foot rooftop Acapulco Deck, both of which provide views of the Pacific Ocean and can accommodate up to 200 people.
The 162-room Viceroy Santa Monica has wrapped up a $21 million renovation. Guest rooms, suites and public spaces all have been redesigned, an expansive outdoor space has been added, and the Sugar Palm restaurant and bar has debuted. A new art collection of commissioned pieces and interactive augmented reality works now are on display, as well.
The 165-room Art Hotel Denver, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, finished a $3 million propertywide refresh in April. The property’s 7,500 square feet of meeting space received new furniture, carpet, lighting and wall coverings, plus A/V upgrades. Peloton bikes now are available in the revamped fitness center and queen beds have been added to some of the rooms.
The Orlando World Center Marriott unveiled the North Tower’s refreshed meeting space in January. The 14,000-square-foot area received new décor, flooring and more. Last year, the 2,010-room resort, which is the largest Marriott in the world, added the 36,000-square-foot Magnolia room, bringing the total event space to more than 500,000 square feet.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando currently is undergoing a multiphase renovation of its 502 rooms, lobby, restaurants, spa and golf course. The project began in April and is expected to finish up in December. After adding the Central Park Ballroom in 2022, the property now has nearly 60,000 square feet of meeting space.
Casa Marina, Curio Collection property by Hilton in Key West, will reveal a refresh this fall. The guest rooms, lobby, dining outlets and piers used for watersports will all be enhanced. The 311-room hotel also will add a 5,000-square-foot oceanfront event lawn to the existing 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
On 35 acres of waterfront real estate, the Grand Hyatt Tampa completed a multimillion-dollar renovation in April. Included in the upgrades were the 443 rooms and more than 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The hotel soon will introduce an updated pool and pool bar, as well as new pickleball courts.
Comprised of the 582-room Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the 1,010-room JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Orlando unveiled its expanded waterpark attraction in January. Both properties also were renovated recently. The Ritz-Carlton offers more than 147,000 square feet of meeting space; the JW Marriott, more than 152,000.
The refurbished Trésor Tower at the 1,504-room Fontainebleau in Miami Beach was revealed at the beginning of this year. The 37-floor, all-suite tower received new carpeting and artwork in the hallways; the rooms were upgraded with new appliances, better minibars, and refreshed bathrooms with low-flow shower heads and sinks to conserve water.
The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead completed a propertywide transformation in March. The 127-room hotel added a new signature restaurant, revamped the spa and enhanced all guest rooms, a redesign of the presidential suite, and the addition of two new Astoria suites.
Following an extensive renovation, the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot in New Orleans opened to the public at the end of March. The project added 12,000 square feet of meeting space, 33 guest rooms for a total of 235, and a French brasserie.
The Four Seasons Hotel Boston reopened at the beginning of May, unveiling an updated lobby and new signature restaurant, Coterie, where several cocktails use a botanical gin made exclusively for the hotel mixed with honey from the property’s rooftop hives.
A multimillion-dollar renovation of the 516 guest rooms at the JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria was completed in April. New carpet, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, furnishings and local art were added to the rooms, as well as 55-inch TVs and upgraded bedding options.
The 255-room Le Méridien Houston Downtown recently transformed its fitness center on the 23rd floor into an indoor event venue. The 1,800-square-foot space can host up to 75 people and offers views of the downtown skyline.
Across the street from the Forth Worth Convention Center, the 403-room Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown is undergoing an extensive transformation project. To be completed this fall, the $45 million renovation will feature a redesigned entryway, new suites, several new workspace studios and two new eateries. The nearly 30,000 square feet of conference space will receive new carpeting, lighting and furniture, as well as updated A/V.
Skamania Lodge, a 254-room resort inn Stevenson, Wash., plans to open an outdoor event space this spring. Surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range, the 2,100-square-foot Moonlight Pavilion will accommodate up to 180 people. The meeting space will have firepits, heat lamps, and an open-air grill. The property also will be adding three new treehouses to its current six-treehouse village.
After a six-month renovation, the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva revealed its redesigned guest rooms in May. This project was the third major investment over the last few years. The 358-room property refreshed all guest bathrooms last summer, and the lobby, lobby lounge and outdoor dining venue in 2021. A series of improvements to the event space is planned for the coming months.