Earlier this week, the famous Inn on Fifth & Club Level Suites in downtown Naples, FL announced that, for the first time in its history, it has been forced to temporarily close its main building September 5-18 for intensive restoration and upgrades. The two-week project will restore portions of the hotel that sustained water damage during a recent flooding incident.
The closure of the main building will expedite construction and minimize disruption to current hotel guests. The retail space and two restaurants—Ocean Prime Naples and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House—on the property’s ground floor were unaffected and remain fully operational. The Club Level Suites, located across Fifth Avenue were also unaffected and will remain open.
“After fully assessing the situation with my team of engineers, designers, architects and contractors, it was clear a temporary closure was the only option,” said Phil McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth. “In lieu of subjecting guests to prolonged construction and interruption, closure will allow us to run two shifts around the clock, seven days a week, to get our doors back open as soon as possible, without diminishing the guest experience.”
McCabe also sees the closure as an opportunity to raise the hotel’s standard of luxury. During the project, many of the Inn’s 119 rooms and suites will be fully remodeled alongside select common spaces, such as the rear lobby, guest corridors, elevator vestibules and public restrooms. The hotel’s banquet rooms, banquet kitchen, spa and fitness center will also be upgraded and improved.
These improvements follow a multimillion-dollar enhancement project from less than a year ago, during which upgrades were made to the hotel’s spa, rooftop pool deck, courtyard and meeting and public space; all of this, however, comes as part of a series of major renovations that began with the hotel’s $22 million expansion in 2012, which brought the hotel to its four-star, four-diamond level.