The theme of the renovations was "Style and Space. Redefined," and room upgrades included new contemporary decor and revamped dedicated workspaces with oversized desks and ergonomic chairs.
"[The renovations] transformed it into a completely different-looking hotel," General Manager John Barone said Monday. "It's [now] a very modern, sleek, upscale property from every perspective."
The hotel's lobby was redesigned to make it more welcoming and personal, and its breakfast and interaction area expanded by about 50 percent to make the experience more seamless and guest-friendly.
Several 42-inch flat screen high-definition TVs were mounted throughout the lobby of the hotel at 5130 NW Eighth Ave., and a new 24-hour market and sundry shop added near reception.
The guest room upgrades were completed in January, while work on the public spaces started in May and took about five months to complete, Barone said.
The 146-room hotel also now sports a new oversized fitness center, upgraded business center and refreshed meeting space with new carpeting and other finishes.
"We've always had and prided ourselves on top-notch service, now we have a first-class facility to go with it," Barone said.
Company executives officially celebrated the hotel's makeover last week during a grand re-opening event attended by customers and local dignitaries.
"It's an eye-catching new look,' said Cindi Cruse-Rahrig, of Geosyntec Consultants Inc. in Boca, of the upgrades to the room decor and addition of new artwork.
"I highly recommend staying there, as everyone I've sent there has had a great experience," added Cruse-Rahrig, who's worked with the hotel since it's opening in 1999.
Several other South Florida hotels are also upgrading facilities or have plans in the pipeline.
Renovations are nearing completion at the former Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, now called Waterstone Resort & Marina — a Double Tree by Hilton. The luxury boutique hotel is expected to reopen by year-end.
Next year, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale will invest $6.5 million on meeting space and ballroom renovations, General Manager Kimberly Wilson said.
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