Naples Ritz-Carlton Getting A Facelift

The Ritz-Carlton located in the Vanderbilt Beach neighborhood of Naples has closed for 66 days while it gets a multi-million renovation to update its guest rooms and restaurants.  The 5-star hotel is 27 years old and crews are working around the clock to re-open in October, and makeover the luxury hotel to reflect a more contemporary appearance.

The planned changes include replacing its older air conditioning units; replacing its windows to withstand a Category 5 hurricane; replacing guest rooms’ furniture, carpet, phones, and TVs; and revamping 3 of the 4 restaurants, except the outdoor Gumbo Limbo, which will remain open through the construction.

The luxury hotel industry has rebounded nicely after a 2-year economic downturn, so the Ritz-Carlton in Naples will update its nearly 30-year old look.  The décor will be more contemporary, and guest rooms will be repainted a baby blue color to reflect the views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Even the restaurants will add new patios overlooking the Gulf and freshen their look to a more updated one.  A Ritz-Carlton director said advance bookings for 2014 are the highest they’ve ever had.

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