Companies start out new year with renovation announcements

A number of hotels rang in the new year with announcements about renovation projects planned in 2014. The projects range from lobby and atrium refreshes to full propertywide overhauls. Here's a look at the projects that were announced in the past week.

  • The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, Ky., is planning a $1 million renovation of the resort's lobby and atrium that will be begin next month. The project will include a new front desk and porcelain floors in the lobby as well as a newly configured atrium. New will be the Workspace on Demand by Marriott and a new Marriott Greatroom, and JW's Steakhouse & Bar will be revamped.

    The renovations are part of an extensive $5 million project that began earlier this year. Guestrooms received new furnishings, carpeting and accents including vinyl headboards, Tempur-Pedic mattresses and patio furniture, among others. In addition, the resort updated its concierge lounge, hospitality and presidential suites, and several  meeting rooms.
  • The Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Casper, Wyo., is spending $4 million on renovations, training and marketing to upgrade to a four-star hotel. The hotel is updating its rooms, common areas, banquet rooms and more. The hotel will boast an Internet café, new restaurant fare and upgraded audio-visual equipment in the banquet room.

    For the first time since the hotel opened in 1979, all 230 rooms are getting new carpet, new furniture, new windows, new texture and paint on the walls and upgraded bathrooms at the same time. The hotel also will receive new heating, lighting, laundry equipment and windows.
  • The Margaritaville casino in Biloxi, Miss., is undergoing renovations as well as the construction of a new 250-room hotel tower. The expansion totals $50 million and includes a new buffet, a newly revamped casino floor and improvements to the casino's marina. Also included in the expansion is a new pool and pool bar area on the bayfront side of the casino.
  • The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel in Erie, Pa., will see nearly $1.4 million worth of renovations in 2014 as part of an upgrade required by the hotel's parent company. The project includes painting, new furniture and carpeting, and replacement of vinyl wall coverings throughout the hotel. The 200-room hotel's public areas, restaurant, banquet spaces, guest rooms and hallways are among the areas that will see improvements. The Sheraton is part of the $100 million-plus Bayfront Convention Center complex.

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