Brazil’s Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort completes first phase of $50M renovation

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced that Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort, the city's only beachfront hotel, finished the first phase of a comprehensive renovation. In the last two years, Starwood invested $50 million to restore this asset in Latin America. The hotel has a newly designed lobby, fully remodeled guestrooms and suites, a new Shine Spa, a renovated Sheraton Fitness Center and new restaurants and bars, including L'Etoile under the leadership of French chef and restaurateur Jean Paul Bondoux.

In Latin America, Starwood currently operates more than 30 Sheraton hotels, and plans to open three more in the next two years, including the Sheraton Santa Cruz Hotel in Bolivia, The Sheraton Cartagena Hotel in Colombia, and Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel near Recife in Brazil, recently opened their doors.

The second phase of the renovation begins in the fall of 2014 and will be completed in 2015, resulting in a full renovation to the resort's outdoor public spaces, including the pool, outdoor restaurants, and bars.

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The newly designed lobby at Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort includes a fully renovated lobby bar with views of Rio's beaches and the brand's signature "[email protected] experienced with Microsoft". Guests may also enjoy complimentary meals at the newly refurbished Sheraton Club Lounge on the 26th floor.

As part of the redesign, Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort added approximately 5,400 square feet to its meeting facilities, resulting almost 29,000 square feet of total space, including 14 meeting rooms and a brand-new business center.

The hotel's 538 guestrooms, including 77 suites, are outfitted with the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and fresh, contemporary decor inspired by Sheraton's new brand design. As part of the renovation, all guestroom balconies now feature glass, which allows for better views, and a more modern look. In addition, the 61 rooms located between the first and fourth floors are ocean-facing and offer a larger balcony with a seating area.

As a result of the multi-million dollar make-over, Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort is now home to the first Sheraton Shine Spa in Latin America. Located on the fourth floor, the brand-new spa offers ocean views, four treatment and relaxation areas for men and women and a sauna. In addition, guests can receive spa treatments in poolside outdoor bungalows facing the sea.

The resort's renovated fitness facility, located on the fourth floor adjacent to the spa, offers views of the pool and beach and includes the brand's health and fitness program, Sheraton Fitness.

L'Etoile, the hotel's fine-dining French restaurant on the 26th floor led by renowned French Chef and restaurateur Jean Paul Bondoux, overlooks Rio's skyline, mountains and Leblon and Ipanema beaches. The menu includes traditional French specialties.

DRY Martini, a bar and lounge specializing in creative cocktails, will open following the second phase of renovations. Located in the pool area, DRY will bring DJs, mixologists and exclusive nightlife events to Rio. DRY is the brainchild of Spanish Javier de Las Muelas, who owns DRY bars in several locations, including Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Bali and Singapore.

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