While brand-new hotels and resorts are constantly popping up around the world, veteran properties stay fresh and keep up with the latest trends by undergoing extensive renovations. If you’re looking to book your clients at a reliable oldie but a goodie, here’s a sampling of recently renovated hotels from Puerto Rico to Norway with some stops in between.
4. Parrot Key Hotel & Villas
Located in Key West, Florida, Parrot Key Hotel & Villas is now open following the completion of an extensive $25 million renovation. The beachfront property features 148 guestrooms, four pools, and a new onsite restaurant serving up dishes inspired by its tropical surrounding. Guest villas are 1,525 sq. ft. and can be reserved as a complete 3-bedroom unit. Standard guestrooms are 375 sq. ft., and 1- and 2-bedroom suites measure at 675 and 925 sq. ft., respectively, including space for gathering with a dedicated living room and wet bar.
Along with a complete transformation of all guestrooms and suites, the hotel has also introduced a new accommodation category: the signature Waterfront Experience. Available in only 34 of the property’s rooms and suites, guests opting for this category will stay in a waterfront villa and have access to other exclusive amenities and perks such as early check-in, late checkout, a custom straw beach bag filled with flip flops, two Turkish towels, SunBum sunscreen and bottled water, plus Parrot Key yoga mats, sand pails and shovels, as well as two reserved beachfront lounge chairs. In addition, nightly turndown service is offered featuring ice delivery, two bottled waters, custom robes, pillow mist and an overnight face mask. All waterfront guestrooms and suites also come equipped with complimentary mixers in the mini-bar, and a coffee and tea maker.
For more information, visit parrotkeyhotel.com.
3. Britannia Hotel
First opened in 1870 to welcome aristocratic Britons in search of the world’s best salmon fishing, Norway’s Britannia Hotel will reopen April 1 after a multi-year $160 million renovation. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Britannia Hotel will offer 246 guestrooms and 11 suites, six restaurants and bars—including its original Palm Court—and the Britannia Spa & Fitness center featuring an indoor pool, several saunas, five treatment rooms, and personal trainers. Although renovations have maintained much of the property’s 19th-century charm, it will also offer guests the latest technology, sound-proofing, TV’s concealed within mirrors, as well as amenities and lighting that are user friendly.
For more information, visit britannia.no/en.
2. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa recently unveiled a $40 million renovation that transformed each of its 447 ocean-facing guestrooms and suites with a Mayan-inspired design that combines modern techniques, traditional elements, and a vibrant color palette. Renovation highlights include the use of furnishings that incorporate traditional Mayan designs, authentic Mexican textiles, and reclaimed wood accents, plus modern, oversized bathrooms featuring freestanding soaking tubs, rainfall showers, dual sinks, and granite vanity tops with chrome detailing.
The resort’s Club 91 also received an upgrade during the renovation process. Located on the 14th floor, the new space features navy blue and olive-hued chairs in combination with coral reef ceiling decor, plus new interactive culinary experiences and open communal table concepts. Although not technically part of the renovation process, the JW Marriott Cancun has also recently debuted a new 150 Margaritas menu at the lobby bar featuring 150 different margaritas subdivided into four categories: classic, modern, fusion and exotic. Cocktails are crafted using silver, reposado and anejo varieties of tequila, as well as mescal, with special varieties infused with exotic ingredients such as black tea, beetroot, and serrano chili peppers.
For more information, visit jwmarriottcancun.com.
1. Ovolo Central
Ovolo Hotels’ flagship property, Ovolo Central, recently underwent a renovation that left the Hong Kong hotel with all new entrances, public spaces, guestrooms, and suites, plus a new facade, and a new restaurant.
Ovolo Central features 41 guestrooms, each with its own rock-n-roll vibe and custom-made commissioned artworks, along with other design accents that give a nod to the city’s East-meets-West heritage. The hotel’s new Platinum rooms showcase exposed windows, sleek TV displays and drinks cabinets, plus a range of standard stay inclusions such as complimentary super-speed WiFi, Happy Hour drinks, in-room Nespresso machines, free laundry, gym access, and an in-room Amazon Alexa. Also noteworthy is Ovolo Central’s Radio Suite, which, at 700 sq. ft., spans the entire top floor of the hotel and offers panoramic views of Hong Kong.
For more information, visit ovolohotels.com.