THE WOODLANDS, TX—Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, Eaglewood Resort & Spa and at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, WA, near Seattle, recently completed renovations.
Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located in Itasca, IL, in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, invested $7.7 million in the renovation of its property. The renovation encompassed a redesign of all 295 guestrooms and suites, resurfaced balconies and patios, a full build-out of three fitness studios, the refurbishment of the resort’s six-lane bowling alley, and the addition of a high-end “Grab & Go” Market.
The resort’s guestrooms and suites, now offer earth tones and geometric furnishings, fall in line with Eaglewood’s traditional Prairie-style design—a staple throughout the entire resort in homage to renowned Chicago architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The makeover included: carpeting, wall vinyl, draperies, sheers, upholstery, updated furnishings and casegoods, and a significant technology upgrade to accommodate the modern-day guest.
“The design of our guest rooms meets the expectations of today’s traveler, keeping on trend with what we’re seeing in the industry,” said Tom Garcia, VP & general manager of Eaglewood Resort & Spa. “With the addition of the Market, a place to get a quick and healthy meal on the go, and our expanded fitness center, the renovation makes our property inviting for both business and leisure guests alike and lets them keep up with their healthy lifestyles while traveling.”
Toronto-based Moncur Design Associates Inc., the same group that refurbished the resort’s conference center last year, designed the guestroom project. The Market, designed by the Bloomingdale-based Concept Group, was developed as an informal gathering spot for small groups.
Spearheaded by the design team at Weber Thompson in Seattle, the project launched a new “modern lodge” concept at Willows Lodge, layering a variety of textures and materials to provide juxtaposition and tell an interesting story such as the reclaimed-wood and metal furniture made by local artisans Meyer Wells and NK Build. Overall, the hotel’s color palette was updated to warm neutrals, such as buttery caramels and rich wine tones inspired by the existing, distressed concrete floors and the hues of Washington wine country. Neutral fabrics with bold, highly textured accent fabrics create a luxurious, modern aesthetic.
Specifically, the Lobby enjoyed the addition of varying scales of seating and lighting, which created a more inviting entrance. A sculptural timber floor lamp and high-back chairs, all made in the U.S., now sit on a custom hand-tufted wool rug, featuring a willow reed pattern. The adjacent Fireside Lounge, which was expanded just prior to the 2013 summer season, now offers guests sculptural high-back seating areas, paired with movable ottomans, which creates a more casual flexible seating space.