Surf’s Up for California Renovations

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotels throughout California have completed or are undergoing renovations to guestrooms, public spaces and restaurants, using their locations and even Frank Sinatra as inspirations. Here’s a look at some of them:

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa Reveals Redesign

The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa has unveiled the property’s multimillion-dollar renovation. The extensive redesign has transformed the resort into a modern, innovative oasis, steeped with desert-inspired elements. Every detail has been reimagined, from the lobby to the 884 guestrooms, including 101 suites, and the event venues.

Guestrooms and suites feature hardwood floors; modern furnishings; plush bedding; and mountain-inspired silhouette murals, all in new shades of blue, gray and white. The bathrooms feature quartz vanities and rain-style showers, and more than 300 rooms offer freestanding, contemporary soaking tubs.

In addition, the resort debuted The Sinatra Ballroom. The 25,000-sq.-ft. venue, which hosted the last public performance of the famed singer and entertainer Frank Sinatra, now features interiors honoring the legendary event with finishes reflective of the midcentury modern era. Blue hues, modern chandeliers and a desert palette flow throughout the space.

Beverly Hilton Hotel

The Beverly Hilton Undergoing Total Renovation

The Beverly Hilton Hotel has started a top-to-bottom hotel renovation, which is expected to be completed in April. The refurbishment will encompass all 566 guestrooms, including nine private luxury suites; indoor-outdoor event spaces and meeting rooms; and all public spaces including the lobby and signature restaurant, CIRCA 55.

The Beverly Hilton Hotel partnered with Texas-based Paul Duesing Partners to reimagine the interiors of the hotel. The $35-million renovation will infuse the hotel’s design with sophistication and modern comfort, offering a crisp, modern approach to the classic Hollywood Regency style, while complementing the midcentury-modern architecture of the building. Inspired by easeful California living, the renovations will welcome the outdoors in, with terrace views, warm breezes and natural light, along with upgrades to furnishings, flooring, wallcoverings, fixtures and in-room technologies.

Palm Springs Resort Undergoes Vacation Villa Overhaul

Desert Oasis by Welk Resorts, near Palm Springs in Cathedral City, CA, is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation and refurbishment to all 162 of its vacation villas. The project began in spring 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020 holiday season.

The 800-sq.-ft., one-bedroom villas with a mid-century modern feel will include new flooring, fixtures; furniture; wall and ceiling texturing; painting with a soft color palette; window treatments; and artwork, as well as larger smart TVs with streaming capability. Common areas and exterior landscaping are also undergoing a refresh.

Santa Clara Marriott Completes Reno

The 766-room Santa Clara Marriott, located in Silicon Valley within walking distance of Levi’s Stadium, has completed a  multimillion-dollar renovation encompassing remodeled guestrooms and corridors; redesigned public spaces and lobby, with the addition of a restaurant and bar; new M Club Lounge; updated meeting spaces; and an expanded fitness center.

Designed by interior design firm HBA San Francisco, the new look celebrates the spirit of Silicon Valley by merging past and present innovation with agriculture and technology, culminating into a space that evokes Santa Clara’s pioneering spirit. The contemporary design incorporates geometric patterns, clean lines and modern furnishing in a light, soft muted color palette derived from local geography with hints of color.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Reno Underway

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa, situated on more than 200 acres in Carlsbad, CA, is undergoing a $50-million-plus resort-wide transformation. The redesign will introduce reimagined guestrooms and suites; upgraded meetings and event spaces; and new restaurant and bar concepts. Enhancements will be made to the resort’s grand lobby entrance, spa, fitness center and two pools.

Irvine, CA-based firm WATG is designing the project, which began in November and draws inspiration from the property’s coastal location and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, from its perch adjacent to the Batiquitos Lagoon. The hotel’s new design is intended to celebrate the surrounding area’s natural landscape.