InterContinental Hotels Group announced that 77 Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels owned by Hospitality Properties Trust and managed by IHG are undergoing renovations, with HPT investing approximately $165 million in the improvements.
The first phase of renovations is complete, with 26 Candlewood Suites in markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix boasting new kitchen and bath designs, among other changes. All renovations across both brands are expected to be complete by September 2012, with a total of 58 Candlewood Suites and 19 Staybridge Suites making the changes.
All of the renovated hotels will use components of new schemes designed in conjunction with graduate students at interior design school Savannah College of Art and Design. Staybridge Suites hotels will offer one of two schemes: the “Vista” scheme, which focuses on fresh color, blending blue, green and terra-cotta shades; or a refreshed version of an existing brand scheme, “Chocolate,” with components of the SCAD designs in the kitchens and bathrooms.
The Staybridge Suites hotels will also feature the brand’s "Outdoor Living Room", a place where guests can interact alfresco, surrounded by amenities such as outdoor all-weather furniture, fire pits, grills and music. The "Gathering Table", a bar-height, granite-topped island surrounded by stools, will also be added to the "Great Room" area.
Candlewood Suites hotels will feature elements of the “Nest” scheme, a light design with green hues. The focus of renovations at Candlewood Suites properties has been kitchens, bathrooms, case goods, lighting, artwork, new flat-screen TVs, updates to the reception area and new exterior paint.