Take a peek at the most exciting hotel renovations around the world.
Lately, it’s seemed like you could throw a dart at a map and hit a city that’s celebrating the grand opening of a gorgeous new hotel. The hospitality industry is booming, with Lodging Econometrics forecasting a healthy 16 percent increase in rooms in the U.S. in 2018 thanks to new hotel openings, according to Hotel Business magazine.
With so much shiny new competition heating up the market, massive hotel renovations are becoming commonplace as existing properties look for ways to keep up with the state-of-the-art innovations beckoning travelers to the new hotels. In such a hot industry, clearly the only sleeping can be done by guests in their newly lavish bedroom suites, as hoteliers search for the most spectacular designs, most sumptuous restaurants, and most memorable onsite experiences to make their properties stand out. Read on for a rundown of the most exciting hotel renovations around the world.
Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
All eyes were on this 1758 Paris landmark on Place de la Concorde when it reopened this past summer as a newly branded Rosewood property. Shuttered in 2013 after it was acquired by a member of the Saudi royal family, industry watchers say the hotel’s transformation from a museum-like relic into an of-the-moment, opulent showpiece is likely to put Lebanon- and Paris-based Culture in Architecture on the world map. Renovating an historic hotel isn’t easy – in this case a staircase and some salons are landmarked! – and the Crillon, dubbed by Vogue magazine as Paris’ most elite hotel, had been a favorite home away from home for royalty, politicians, and celebrities. Designers carefully restored most public spaces to their original splendor with an updated vibe, and the hallways and rooms were infused with a more contemporary aesthetic, including two over-the-top suites conceptualized by famed designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lavish details are everywhere in the new hotel: In the women’s hair salon, for example, an artist spent 350 hours hand-cutting, gilt-tipping, and affixing metal and rooster feathers in a jungle-themed alcove. A newly designed spa and a sky-lighted, jewel-box pool beckon guests to the hotel’s lower levels, and even jaded Parisians are drawn off the street to indulge in redesigned restaurants and bars that blend the hotel’s historic spirit with modern touches.
Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza
Long a favorite among world leaders and diplomats for its location alongside the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, this rebranded hotel was part renovation, part new hotel opening when it completed its $68 million update and joined the Hilton Hotels and Resorts network this year. It is the seventh Hilton property in New York City. To the delight of preservationists, the renovation maintained much of the unique architecture and elegance of the original building and landmark Ambassador Grill Restaurant & Bar designed by renowned architect Kevin Roche in 1976, but injected modern updates into the hotel’s 439 guestrooms and suites, as well as its public areas and meeting and event spaces. Guestrooms were redesigned with warm bronze and taupe hues that let the hotel’s panaromic views of the Manhattan skyline take center stage. The transformation also included significant front-of-house improvements and upgraded facilities and equipment aimed at enhancing the overall guest experience.
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
When the Westin Grand Cayman unveiled its $50 million makeover this fall, it cemented its reputation as a go-to tropical paradise where travelers check in to check out. Guests are immediately dazzled by a beautiful, sun-splashed lobby perfect for relaxing and sipping drinks. Living spaces were completely updated and modernized, including luxuriously updated bathrooms, 55-inch LED TVs to stream favorite shows, state-of-the-art appliances, island-inspired art, and elegant pull-out sofas in every king and many double rooms. The gift shops and café were enhanced and the pool was transformed into a freshwater nirvana with a swim-up bar. Although the renovations added a contemporary vibe to the beach resort, designers also took care to preserve the property’s trademark Caribbean sensibility.
W Fort Lauderdale
Barely a single square inch of the W Fort Lauderdale remains the same after its $55 million renovation, which is just about complete. With renovations encompassing all 517 guestrooms and suites, as well as meeting spaces, the rooftop WET pool deck, the BLISS SPA, the lobby and the grand porte cochére, the revamp highlights the W Brand’s commitment to its largest hotel property in Florida. Long considered a favorite place to see and be seen by guests and South Florida locals, the renovations take advantage of the hotel’s beach location and hip vibe with industrial yet nautical details. Updates include stylish lounge chairs, umbrellas and day beds at the WET pool, as well as a full-service poolside bar on a swanky, black-and-white, Art Deco-inspired deck. The hotel redesign also features the addition of the SUSHI Bar by chef Shuji Hiyakawa, a protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, and a soon-to-open second restaurant from James Beard Award nominee Stephen Starr, who already oversees all of the hotel’s dining.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
This flagship London property has embarked on the most ambitious renovation project in its 115-year history, aimed at solidifying its position as one of the best hotels in central London. Renowned designer Joyce Wang was tapped to oversee the project, which she has said draws inspiration from the hotel’s Edwardian heritage and the peaceful beauty of its parkside location. The first phase of the renovation, unveiled in September, added gorgeous updates to the 95 guestrooms and suites in the hotel’s Knightsbridge wing. Guestrooms now feature beds with leather-tufted headboards, large leather-topped writing desks, bathrooms decked out in marble with walk-in showers or baths with built-in showers, and wildlife embellishments that are a nod to Hyde Park. Suites offer a curated library of hand-picked books by Mayfair publishers Heywood Hill, as well as velvet sofas, wingback reading chairs and an ornate chandelier in the living area. The second phase of the renovation takes aim at all guestrooms and suites facing the park, including the addition of two new penthouse suites with private terraces. The spa, ballroom and restaurant will also be redesigned in this phase.
More than custom furniture makers, we at Beachwood Custom are committed to great quality and design in the hospitality industry. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can enhance your renovation project, contact our team at Beachwood Custom. We would love the opportunity to walk you through your options.