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Virgin Galactic has confirmed accommodation for its future astronauts. The five star Hotel Encanto de las Cruces has been selected as the official preferred Virgin Galactic hotel and resort in Dona Ana County and will become the starter point for the Spaceport America Astronauts and their families.
The hotel has undergone a series of major renovations over the past year to underline their commitment to the virgin galactic team and the future space passengers. Several rooms at the hotel will be remodeled into executive suite VIP wings. Guests in these particular rooms will experience a VIP concierge service, private VIP areas, customized room service menus, and upgraded first-class rooms and suites. These rooms are also seeing upgraded finishes throughout including marble clad bathrooms, custom cabinetry and Adriana Long designed furniture.
The rest of the hotel is also undergoing a revamp and will see the installation of additional poolside terrace rooms and outdoor spaces. There will also be a Greg Trutza designed Spanish garden, patio and resort pool added to the property. This new 2,500 square foot outdoor area will feature balconies, a fire pit and fountains built out of old world stone accents and will provide extra space for private functions and VIP gatherings.
The hotel’s nightclub, Azul Ultralounge will also see the construction of a large outdoor patio complete with luxury contemporary furnishings.
The hotel also plans to hire VIP Guest Concierges that will act as Ambassadors on behalf of the hotel and any Virgin Galactic guest. Additionally Hotel Encanto plans to hire multi-lingual staff to help with international travelers.
"We believe Spaceport tourism will continue to bring jobs and help boost the economy here in New Mexico. We have been working hard at Hotel Encanto and are ready to welcome our global and national visitors to beautiful Southern New Mexico", explains Jim Long, Founder/CEO, Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. "We are proud to be selected as the preferred Virgin Galactic Resort for Dona Ana County and are fully committed to providing premium service to all future Astronauts and others who travel to our area as part of the Spaceport experience".
Renovations at Hotel Encanto are expected to continue through early 2015.