A New Look: Four Hotels Undergo Renovations

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hotels around the globe have completed renovations of guestrooms, public spaces and amenities while upholding distinctive history and character. From the U.S. to Ireland to Portugal, here’s a look at hotels that have been recently updated:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Airport Undergoes Full Renovation

The 174-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Airport in Orlando, FL has completed a renovation of its suites and public spaces, including the lobby, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, business center and fitness center.

The hotel is owned by Ashford Hospitality Trust and managed by Hilton. The property has access to Orlando International Airport and is also located near Vista Promenade shopping, dining and entertainment complex and Lake Nona and the Port Canaveral cruise terminals.

Omni Richmond Revamps Rooms with Touches of History

In Richmond, VA, the Omni Richmond Hotel has completed a $10-million guestroom renovation. The hotel renovated the décor and amenities of its 359 guestrooms, as well as five suites and hallway corridors.

The design bridges its history to its present, with details inspired by tobacco, hemp and flax iron. Corridors and guestrooms embrace the blue water of the James River, while the in-room artwork reflects the city’s 300-year legacy.

Overlooking the James River in the city’s downtown, the hotel is situated in the financial, judicial and legislative district near the Virginia State Capitol and the nation’s financial institutions and federal courts. In addition to newly renovated guestrooms, Omni Richmond Hotel offers a signature Italian dining experience at Trevi’s, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor sundeck, and 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Historic Irish Castle Hotel Completes Mindful Renovation

Dromoland Castle, the 16th century luxury castle hotel in County Clare, Ireland, has completed its final phase of a full-scale $23.4-million (€20 million) refurbishment. The castle’s owners worked under the guidance of members of the Irish Georgian Society to respect Ireland’s architectural heritage and used traditional skills and craftsmanship while incorporating technology.

The castle renovated its guestrooms and bathrooms, Queen Anne Wing, dining and lounge areas, all public spaces, Spa at Dromoland Castle, indoor pool, added new golf carts and pathways, air conditioning units, a new water treatment system, as well as window refurbishments and stone façade repairs. Irish painter, John Brennan, was commissioned for the artwork in the guestrooms.

Portugal Beach Property Reopens

After a five-month renovation, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts reopened the Tivoli Lagos Algarve Hotel. Located in the Algarve, the fishing village of Lagos, Portugal, the hotel is proximate to golf courses and beaches.

The hotel’s 205 guestrooms and suites, which are spread across seven buildings, have been redecorated in seaside motifs and soft colors. Diverse room categories include premier, premier family and suites, as well as family rooms with queen or twin beds, an optional sofa bed and separate living area. Private balconies and patios have views of the swimming pool, Mediterranean gardens, the sea and the town. For dining options, the hotel has four restaurants and a bar. The property is still at the same location, with Lagos’ historic center, the marina and the Meia Praia beach all close by.