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Same Digs, New Looks

Hotels around the world are adding new looks, including two Four Seasons properties. Here’s a look:

Four Seasons Hotel Houston Transforming
A multi-year renovation at Four Seasons Hotel Houston (pictured) is transforming the downtown hotel and raising the bar for luxury hospitality with newly enhanced guestrooms.

Slated to be completed by January 2021 with Turner Construction as general contractor, the guestroom redesign is part of a multi-phase enhancement project that has already included updates to the lobby, front drive, the spa and fitness center, and the addition of Bayou & Bottle and Topgolf Swing Suites.

The new design of the guestrooms will stand the test of time under the creative direction of architect and designer Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studios in Houston.

The transformation begins the moment guests step off the elevator to a fully redesigned corridor with a light and neutral color scheme—a nod to the clouds often spread across the big Texas sky. The new guestrooms take inspiration from “Houston’s Living Room” with a calming color palette of deep sky blue fabrics complemented by warm undertones of dark oak wood, rich saddle leather and antique brass details. Custom-made furniture by Houston-based designer Eric Brand gives each room a residential feel and allows guests to immerse themselves in a refined Texas experience that feels like a home away from home.

Guests may play bartender in the privacy and comfort of their own room with the addition of the custom-built MyBar station including a special selection of curated wines, spirits, mixers and a variety of cocktail glassware.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Completes Multi-Year Multimillion-Dollar Renovation
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, an oceanfront resort on Mexico’s Pacifico coast, will welcome guests back July 1 with a new reimagined look following a comprehensive multi-year, multimillion-dollar renovation.

The refresh includes newly renovated casita-style guestrooms; private villas and beach homes; the refreshed free-form Nuna infinity-edge pool and Tamai pool deck; and new outdoor wellness, fitness and kids activities across 52 acres. The resort has large pools with pre-reserved chaise lounges, whale watching excursions, long walks along nature trails and two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses.

The resort has added new socially distanced indoor or outdoor fitness offerings including a dedicated meditation room for private sound baths and sound healing, morning yoga on the beach and readapted touchless spa treatments at Apuane Spa such as Reiki healing. The resort has also created several fitness trails throughout the property fully equipped with hydration stations that include cool towels and fresh fruit. Additionally, guests who wish to break a sweat in the privacy of their own casita can access in-room fitness kits complete with resistance bands, balance balls and more.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has designed a new kids’ program with private activities such as in-villa piñata parties, poolside celebrations, silent discos, nature hunts, cute bedtime stories and dive-in movie nights in plunge pools.

Ocean Park Inn Completes First Phase of Property-Wide Renovation
Ocean Park Inn (OPI), a family-owned and operated hotel in Pacific Beach, CA, recently completed the first phase of a property renovation.

The 71 newly reimagined guestrooms and refreshed common areas were envisioned by Los Angeles-based bespoke interior architectural design firm Clear on Black. The mid-century meets the beach vibe, complete with accents in tribute to the hotel’s original Tiki-themed design, is the perfect setting for a SoCal beachfront getaway, according to the company.

The streamlined furnishings and vintage local photography in the guestrooms are paired with crisp hues of cool mint green, black, white and soul-warming, sun-drenched yellow that creates an atmosphere of pared-down elegance and chic retro luxe. Guests can also enjoy the sunshine on the brand new pool deck.

The final phase of the renovation, scheduled to be completed in fall 2020, will include the complete redesign of the lobby and building’s exterior facade to complement the mid-century aesthetic of the interior.

Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel Transforms
Located on a steep hillside above Avalon village on Santa Catalina Island in California, Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel is a transformed historic landmark that was recently renovated to provide a luxury destination for modern-day travelers.

JCJ Architecture was tapped to provide full design services, delivering a one-of-a-kind lifestyle experience that marries the old and the new, balancing the property’s important historic components with impactful contemporary touches.

Originally home to a best-selling American author, known for his adventure novels and idealization of the American frontier, the project revitalized the property into an authentic boutique hotel. The renovation project included a new three-story building and renovation of the two- and three-story South Building, Zane Grey’s original home. The firm was challenged with maintaining important historic components while still incorporating contemporary boutique hotel trends.

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia/South, MD Opens After Renovation
McNeill Hotel Company’s 124-room Hampton Inn & Suites South Columbia (MD) is now open after having completed an extensive renovation.

The renovation involved both guestrooms and all public spaces and included new mattress sets and televisions in the guestrooms. The exterior of the hotel was also reimagined with new building paint, signage and lighting.