These Hotel Renovations Are Sprucing Up the South

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotels are updating with local design, refreshing spaces and adding amenities to serve the needs of both business and leisure travelers. With projects in Florida, Atlanta and Tennessee, here’s a look at recent renovations:

Little Palm Island Resort Reopens After Reimagination

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection, will officially begin welcoming guests on April 1, 2020. Following a two-and-half year closure as a result of Hurricane Irma, and subsequent reimagination, the 5.5-acre ultra-luxe private island resort invites travelers to book their stay.

A best-kept secret for U.S. presidents and celebrities, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is located off the Florida Keys coastline, on a private island dotted with crushed seashell paths amid verdant tropical foliage. Each of the 15 redesigned thatched-roof bungalows offers ocean views and plush, all-new interiors. A new spa has a two-story atrium with carved architectural details and a handcrafted tile fountain.

Renovation Complete for Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter At Ravinia

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has completed the renovation of the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. Owned by Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT), the hotel is located immediately adjacent to IHG’s Americas corporate headquarters. The renovated property is the first of six new global flagships to open, and has been entirely transformed to meet the evolving needs of modern business travelers and leisure guests, signaling a new era for the brand.

The Crowne Plaza brand recently announced new flagship properties opening in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Greater China by Q1 2020. As the Americas flagship, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia has every design innovation developed for the Crowne Plaza Accelerate brand transformation program, including the U.S.-patented WorkLife Room design, a concept that caters to guests’ blended lifestyles. The hotel also houses Plaza Workspace, a flexible work and meeting solution that allows guests and locals to maximize their productivity throughout the property’s public spaces. 

Hotel Crescent Court Debuts Renovation to The Crescent Club

Situated in the heart of Uptown Dallas within the flourishing 11-acre Crescent Complex, Hotel Crescent Court has completed its renovation to The Crescent Club. Located on the 17th floor of the Crescent Complex’s center office tower, this reimagination offers views of the downtown Dallas skyline.

The overhaul embraces the existing club’s traditional French craftmanship, while bringing all-new character to the dining areas, its conference rooms and bar, refreshing the 19th Century space into a social sanctuary for events, meetings, recreation and relaxation.

Residence Inn by Marriott Chattanooga Unveils $1.5M Renovation

American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP has recently completed approximately $1.5 million of renovations at the Residence Inn by Marriott Chattanooga near Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, TN.

Renovations at the 109-suite hotel included updates to all guestroom furniture, artwork, window treatments, carpeting and wall finishings. In addition, the lobby, hotel corridors and the five meeting rooms were modernized with new carpet, wall finishings, drapery and lighting. The hotel’s fitness center was also expanded and renovated, and modernized with all new exercise equipment.

Hotel Preston Debuts Final Phase of Renovation

The first phase of Hotel Preston’s $4.75 million renovation debuted last fall with new guestrooms, a refreshed check-in desk and upgraded outdoor spaces. The second phase has wrapped with the opening of Blackwood, a new restaurant and bar, the reimagining of the hotel’s lobby and public areas, bright and airy upgrades to the ballroom and new cabanas in the pool area.

Designed with the needs and desires of today’s travelers in mind, Hotel Preston has been transformed by Provenance Hotels’ director of design, Ashley Stempler, and the team at Nashville, TN’s Anderson Design Studio with an eye toward creating a sense of community, openness and connecting. The second half of the renovation connects the lobby to the new restaurant and bar, more than doubling the amount of seating options in both areas, and introduced a wide variety of furniture configurations, jewel-toned pops of color and new art works chosen to enhance the hotel’s existing collection.

The open feeling flows right into Blackwood, Hotel Preston’s new restaurant and bar. The heart of the hotel was reconfigured, and walls torn down, to connect the lobby to this new eatery. Anchored with a 42-ft.-long bar backed by emerald tile and open shelving in dark wood, the space is active from day to night with amped up comfort food favorites served all day, every day.

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