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.