J/Brice Design International returns for Westminster Hotel upgrade

Westminster Hospitality Group, a Kushner Companies subsidiary, appointed J/Brice Design International of Boston, Mass., to redesign and upgrade the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey.

In 2003 J/Brice Design, headed by Jeffrey Brice Ornstein, was responsible for a $25-million development project that established the Westminster Hotel. When the hotel opened, Lodging Hospitality honored J/Brice and its founder and CEO Jeffrey Ornstein by naming the Westminster "Upscale Hotel of the Year." More recently, the Livingston Chamber of Commerce named the Westminster "Business of the Year for 2014." The 183-room independent luxury property is also a AAA Four Diamond Hotel for the past 11 consecutive years, and on the Top 10 Best Hotels in New Jersey list from US NEWS for the past three years.

The renovations will include the guestrooms and lobby. The new design will combine a nod to the classic, infused with international chic.


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For the guestrooms, J/Brice will eliminate the long row of furniture one sees from door to window to create a more comfortable and residential layout and feel. The color palette will be in contemporary soft grays and blues with pops of yellows and violets. On the practical side, charging stations and outlets will be more convenient and numerous as a response to the way today’s traveler works and communicates.

Westminster Hotel at 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10) has 183 guestrooms and 16,000 square feet of banquet facilities, including pre-function and meeting rooms. It also has the 120-seat Strip House Restaurant.  A new outdoor patio space was added, and the indoor pool, spa facility and state-of-the-art fitness center have been updated.

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