Revamped Luxury Hotels

by Jenna Payesko

Dec 6, 2016

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Most hotels go stale after a while and are in great need of a refresh. Revamped hotels attract a certain type of traveler and when that traveler ages, so does the hotel, décor, bedding and theme. As of late there’s been a scramble to renovate, refresh, revamp and repurpose hotels across the United States. We’ve created a list of recently revamped hotels that take luxury to the next level. Next time you are planning a getaway, consider one or all of these hotels. These new hotels cater to a modern explorer, one who prefers a social space with a stylish design and still has access to luxurious amenities.


Located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands region, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has three on-site hotels and seven private residences. The resort just underwent a $50 million renovation with the most extensive renovations made to the Chateau Lafayette suite modeled after the Ritz in Paris. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a grand new entryway featuring a plaza of 72,000 tulips, 8,000 liriope plants, 1,000 boxwoods and 900 rhododendron bushes circling a granite fountain. Another notable refresh was to Adren Estates, the largest of the private vacation homes.


The Boston Harbor Hotel re-opened in May after an extensive renovation to its 230 guestrooms, suites and room service menus. The rooms now feature a coastal theme with ocean blue palettes against neutral tones. The room service menu now features 32 local and creative bites like a DIY s’more tray, an in-room bartender, make-your-own cupcakes and local beers paired with homemade chips and dips.


In Hudson Valley, N.Y., is the Emerson Resort and Spa which focuses on rustic luxury. The $6 million renovation that concluded in April included a new restaurant, Woodnotes Grille, which focuses on healthy farm-to-fork fare and a new 6,193-square-foot spa.


The InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel re-opened this April following a 20-month $180 million renovation. The hotel, once a railroad hotel, combines a modern take on the original feel. The 704 rooms and suites feature Federal-style details and wall murals with New York topography.


The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., completed a $40 million renovation on its 400 guestrooms, pools and spa. The revamp, finished in June, decorated guestrooms with ocean tones, textured seagrass wallpaper, marble baths and added balconies. The pool complex now includes two infinity pools, two swimming pools, an upper-tier sunning deck and several private cabanas. The new 30,000 square foot spa is equipped with 24 treatment rooms.


In spring 2016, the Woodstock Inn and Resort, located in Woodstock Vt., underwent a $3.5 million renovation turning the lobby into a New England Federal-period living room filled with artifacts and artwork from the Rockefeller archives. The hotel worked with Vermont-based luxury textile company, Anichini Hospitality, in order to create custom bedding for all of the guestrooms.



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