Monday July 7th, 2014 - 3:23PM
LAS CRUCES, NM—Virgin Galactic has selected Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, located here, as the official preferred Virgin Galactic hotel and resort in Dona Ana County.
The luxury hotel is managed by Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and has undergone a series of large-scale renovations and upgrades over the past year in order to meet the needs of Virgin Galactic executives, Spaceport America Astronauts and their families, according t the management company.
“We believe Spaceport tourism will continue to bring jobs and help boost the economy here in New Mexico. We have been working hard at Hotel Encanto and are ready to welcome our global and national visitors to beautiful Southern New Mexico,” said Jim Long, founder/CEO, Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. “We are proud to be selected as the preferred Virgin Galactic Resort for Dona Ana County and are fully committed to providing premium service to all future astronauts and others who travel to our area as part of the Spaceport experience.”
To underline this commitment, Hotel Encanto is undergoing improvements and renovations of several rooms at the hotel by remodeling them into Executive Suite VIP Wings. Guests in the Executive Wings will experience VIP concierge service, private VIP areas, customized room service menus, and upgraded first-class rooms and suites. These guestrooms, designed by Adriana Long, are being remodeled with upgraded finishes throughout, marble-clad bathrooms, custom cabinetry and artisan-built furniture.
“The new Virgin Galactic guestroom design reflects the culturally-rich style of Hotel Encanto along with an adventurous and contemporary attitude. The design will be timeless and luxurious,” said Long.
Hotel renovations include adding additional poolside terrace rooms and outdoor spaces. Greg Trutza, a landscape architect, was brought in last summer to design outdoor Spanish gardens, patios and a resort-style pool. The area includes terraces, balconies, fire pits and fountains built out of old-world stone accents, providing over 2,500 sq. ft. of updated and newly added space for private functions and VIP gatherings.
The hotel also remodeled its nightclub patio, which was designed by interior designer Adriana Long. The new Azul Ultralounge now includes a contemporary outdoor patio with luxury, contemporary furnishings.