NATIONAL REPORT—From revamps in Atlanta to transformations in Washington, DC, hotels on the East Coast are being elevated through design. Here’s a look at what’s new:
Rebranding Kicks off for Boutique Atlanta Hotel
Highgate Hotels has started its $11-million renovation of an established boutique hotel to coincide with the owner’s rebranding of what will soon be known as The Burgess Hotel in Buckhead, a residential district in Atlanta.
The Burgess Hotel will receive a property wide redesign with an update to the hotel’s 100 guestrooms and bathrooms, new furnishings throughout, a revamped lobby with a new first floor layout, and the addition of a presidential suite, as well as exterior work, new windows and upgraded HVAC. The renovation will also include a new full-service destination restaurant, a separate lobby bar with adjacent lounge, on-site meeting rooms, a fitness center and an outdoor pool.
Cumming has been engaged by Highgate Hotels to oversee all pre-construction phases of the renovation to ensure a seamless delivery of The Burgess Hotel. Work on The Burgess Hotel began early fall and is expected to be completed by January 2019.
Renovation Begins for W Atlanta-Buckhead
Woodbine Legacy Investments (WLI) launched a $20-million renovation on W Atlanta-Buckhead, a 12-story, 291-room full-service luxury hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The renovation began in May and will be complete in late December, just weeks before the city hosts Super Bowl LIII.
Woodbine hired C+TC Studio of Atlanta as the architect and interior designer for guestrooms and the hotel’s rooftop bar, Whiskey Blue; Studio 11 of Dallas as the interior designer for the lobby, public areas and meeting space; and Genoa Construction as the general contractor for the project.
There will be an updated welcome area with new furnishings. The hotel’s 11,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, guestrooms, fitness center and rooftop bar will all receive updates. In addition, Woodbine is upgrading all internet cables for faster connectivity throughout the hotel. A second phase of renovation will commence in 2019, which will focus on the hotel’s restaurant, Cook Hall.
Renovation Set for Rosewood Washington, DC
Rosewood Washington, DC in Georgetown, will close on Oct. 17 to undergo a renovation. The neighborhood property will be enhanced with the addition of six neighboring townhouses to the hotel’s inventory, offering visitors an exclusive, residential experience, as well as a new restaurant and refreshed public areas. The reimagined property will reopen in spring 2019.
With interiors designed by DC-based designer Thomas Pheasant, the townhouses will be furnished with works of art created by local artists and photographers. Each townhouse will offer approximately 1,000 sq. ft. of living space, including luxurious bathrooms and kitchens.
Upon reopening, the hotel will also debut a new restaurant, Cut by Wolfgang Puck. The restaurant will reflect the distinct spirit and sensibility of the Mid-Atlantic, with both the menu and design drawing inspiration from the surrounding Georgetown neighborhood, according to the company.
Hamilton Hotel Washington, DC to Transform
Hamilton Hotel Washington, DC, a 318-room Art Deco property will transform into an independent, modern luxury hotel, with enhancements rolling out this fall and a full completion expected by spring 2019. The refurbishments will capture the essence of Washington, DC and offer a new guest experience, including a redesigned lobby and new restaurant and bar. The hotel will also unveil exclusive partnerships around new staff uniforms, themed guest suites and elevated guest amenities.
The lobby redesign, led by Atlanta‐based hospitality design firm, designONE studio, transforms the entrance space by embracing its original history and ornate Beaux‐Arts architectural style, while incorporating modern luxury and comfort. Hamilton Hotel will also enhance each of its contemporary guestrooms, along with its health and fitness center, with a new selection of wellness offerings and fitness equipment.
In addition, the hotel is close to the city’s popular sites and monuments and offers more than 6,700 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.
SpringHill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott Ewing, NJ Complete Full Renovations
High Hotels Ltd. has completed the $4-million renovations of the SpringHill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.
Interior renovations were made to public spaces and guestrooms, which included all new furniture, floor and wall decor, beds, linens, more closet space and artwork. The lobbies, dining areas, business centers, fitness centers and meeting rooms also received top-to-bottom makeovers.
The 130-room Courtyard by Marriott and the 134-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott are close to Princeton University, Sesame Place, Six Flags Great Adventure and Grounds for Sculpture. The Courtyard has a business center, free WiFi and the Bistro café. SpringHill Suites offers a complimentary breakfast buffet, fitness center, lobby bar and outdoor fire pits.