NEW YORK—Heading into fourth quarter, hotels are wrapping up multimillion-dollar renovations.
On the East Coast, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge has completed a $4-million transformation to its 308 suites and introduced its “Urban Bed” to the Boston market.
Each of the 170 two-room Urban Bed suites will offer travelers a flexible living space with a full-size, pull-down bed that can be utilized on demand. Unlike a sofa bed, the Urban Bed does not fold. These suites also come outfitted with a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker in each living room, and offer a separate bedroom with a king-size bed.
In addition, the renovation brought a modern look and feel to the hotel’s other accommodations, including a king bed guestroom with balcony; standard two-room king suites; and two-story loft king suites with 768 sq. ft. of living space. The reimagined Presidential Suite offers 1,275 sq. ft. with an open floor plan and two bedrooms.
According to the company, interior design firm Jill Greaves Design Inc. used a soft-toned, warm palette inspired by the stone facades of historic Boston and the abstract floras of the Boston Public Gardens.
The hotel’s Scullers Jazz Club also was renovated, increasing its capacity to 200 seats per show, a raised and expanded stage, enhanced sound and lighting system, tiered seating for improved visibility and a full dinner menu. In addition, the hotel relaunched its rooftop bar this summer with signature drinks, small plate menu and views of the Charles River, and Boston and Cambridge city skylines.
Across the country in Las Vegas, one of the city’s original hotels, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, has completed a major expansion project, marking a new chapter in the 111-year-old downtown Las Vegas property’s history. Featuring design from Dez Motif and architecture by MOSER Architecture Studio, the renovation included a casino floor nearly doubled in size, a new grand entrance, an extension of its outdoor bar and OneBar at One Fremont St., among other enhancements.
“Golden Gate is an important landmark in Las Vegas’ narrative and it was our responsibility to revere its past,” said Derek Stevens, owner and CEO. “So many prominent figures have walked down Fremont St. Experience and into Golden Gate throughout the last century, so we intend to respect and relish its history, while introducing amenities suited for today.”
The property’s new elements include an expanded casino floor spanning 5,000 sq. ft. with 91 new slots to the gaming floor. The centerpiece is a 360-degree, 24-ft. tower of televisions, displayed as though the televisions are emerging from a fountain. OneBar was expanded 20 ft. to become one of the longest bars in Las Vegas, according to the company.
Additionally, the property introduced a redesigned facade, including 500-pound gold velvet drapes with gold medallions at the casino entrance.
Golden Gate also used its expansion as an opportunity to enhance back-of-house operations. This includes an updated employee dining area with a snack bar; a beer cooler for keg storage; a liquor room which will serve as a dispensary for all bar venues on the property; and a private dressing area.