NAPLES, Fla.—The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is announcing a summer 2013 refurbishment, the first of its kind in the resort’s 27-year history. This project will be one of the largest resort renovations within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s portfolio. Refurbishments will include a complete overhaul of all 450 guestrooms, suites, and corridors, three dinning outlets, Artisans the “princess ballroom,” as well as various structural, mechanical, and engineering upgrades throughout the property.
During the two-month project, set to commence on July 24, the resort will not be accepting any guests. “The decision to cease operations for the first time in the resort’s 27-year history is a true testament to our ongoing commitment to product and service excellence,” said Edward V. Staros, vice president, managing director of The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples and one of the original founders of The Ritz-Carlton brand. “Our goal was to avoid any guest inconvenience during this timeframe.”
Interior designers, Wimberly Interiors are responsible for the new guestrooms, which will resemble residential beach homes. On the culinary front, three of the resort’s restaurants will be fully re-mastered by New York-based design agency Blue Plate. The Sushi Bar, to be rebranded The Bar, will get an extended balcony, providing additional outdoor seating. The Bar interior will be divided to allow for cozier areas while also creating an open space ideal for small events and entertainment. The Terrace will reopen as Terrazza, an Italian eatery serving three meals a day. A new glass atrium with fully retractable doors will provide indoor and outdoor seating. The Grill steakhouse and specialty restaurant will continue as a classic establishment with new accents to the furnishings and décor.
The resort’s Artisans “princess ballroom” will be brightened with silvers, whites, and light greys. New chandeliers will be added to the space and a restructuring to areas of the floor plan will help to expand the room while enhancing access to the resort’s outdoor event venues.
The hotel’s transformation will be unveiled on October 1, when the resort will welcome its first guests following the re-opening.