The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Southwest Florida has announced that it will close for renovations from July 25 to September 30 – a move earlier said to be rare for the 27-year-old property.
Among the companies hired for the remastering are Wimberly Interiors and design agency Blue Plate, both based in New York.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples’ “remastering” will see the redo of all of its guest rooms, replacing and upgrading of everything from the furniture and decor to the TVs, wiring for Internet access, and tearing out of the air conditioning hidden behind the walls in every room. Upon completion, the property is expected to boast rooms that look like luxury beach homes.
Improvements are also planned for the property’s three restaurants. Hallways and corridors will get an overhaul and more than 90 windows will be replaced with Category 5 hurricane glass, many of them in the front of the lobby. The Terrace, a family-style continental restaurant, will get a new glass atrium and will be renamed Terrazza to fit its new Italian theme. The Sushi Bar’s renovation will include an extended balcony offering sunset views; it will be rebranded as The Bar, with the menu revamped to include sushi, small bites and creative cocktails. Meanwhile, the Grill steak house will get a contemporary facelift without touching the popular menu or the dining experience.
The Artisans “princess ballroom” will similarly be renovated.
The 450-room resort undergoes renovation about every eight years. This next upgrade is said to be the biggest ever. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples will reopen on October 1.
While the luxury resort is closed, the nearby Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort said it is "welcoming travelers looking for an escape to Southwest Florida on par with the Ritz experience." The Marriott and Ritz-Carlton brands are both under the Marriott International umbrella.