Four Hotels Get Swanky Makeovers

NATIONAL REPORT—Across the U.S., hotel brands are sprucing up their offerings to attract today’s traveler. Here’s a look at renovations that are completed or underway:

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown

Located in the epicenter of the city’s vibrant downtown district, the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown has recently completed a multimillion-dollar makeover.

The $13-million renovation, which commenced in June 2016, included modernizing the exterior of the building and relocating the hotel entrance and valet; a complete redesign of the hotel lobby; the addition of its new signature restaurant, Dust Cutter, and the largest Starbucks in the downtown district, both of which open up onto the historic and now pedestrian-friendly Adams St.

Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Rendering of the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Rendering of the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts plan to amplify its presence in Hawaii with the changeover of its owned and managed 496-key Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber to an Outrigger-branded property. As of Feb. 1, 2018, the property will operate as Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger with extensive $25-million renovations anticipated for completion in summer 2018.

Incorporating contemporary Hawaiian-inspired design, there will be a complete renovation to the guestrooms, pool deck and public spaces, as well as the lobby, corridors, elevator and hotel exterior. The design team from Hart Howerton has been retained as the project architects from concept to completion, with luxury interior-design firm SFA Design steering the coastal decor.

Extended Stay America East Providence

Extended Stay America Inc. has unveiled a redesigned hotel in East Providence, RI. Located at 1000 Warren Ave., the newly renovated property has a new contemporary interior design and lobby concept.

Guestrooms have been completely updated with new kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and special features such as Sleep and Stow beds that merge the comfort of Serta with elevated platform frames for convenient storage of luggage and larger personal items, according to the brand.

The rooms are also outfitted with fully equipped contemporary kitchens with quartz countertops, loft-style cabinets, full-size refrigerators and cooktops, as well as ConverTables tables, which convert from work space to dining area. Additional amenities include pet-friendly rooms, free grab-and-go breakfast and an on-premise laundry facility.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

The Des Moines Marriott Downtown has embarked on an expansive renovation project, symbolic of Iowa’s Midwestern roots reflected through local, handcrafted artistry.

Designers will execute a style called Modern Americana to help reinvigorate the guest experience. The transformation will include upgrades to the hotel’s porte cochere, lobby concept, guestrooms, suites and bathrooms, and concierge lounge.

Guestrooms will have modernized showers, new signature beds and custom furnishings. In addition, there will be multiple ports and outlets, connectivity features such as live streaming of NetFlix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and WiFi.