Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers announced that Newport Marriott is undergoing a $35-million renovation, now underway. The hotel is eyeing a spring 2015 completion date.
Florida-based Edge of Architecture | Malcolm Berg developed the architecture and design plans. According to Berg, for this project, the design celebrates Newport’s spirit.
A new restaurant and two bars will offer panoramic harbor vistas. A dock-to-table local seafood menu and expansive windows will grace the 98-seat restaurant. Tapas-style small plates will be available at two bars: a 58-seat indoor bar overlooks the water, and a 57-seat outdoor bar supplies views.
The hotel’s great room will provide space to work, socialize and relax. The entryway chandelier will have dozens of crystal decanters, some sand-tumbled. The registration desk will emulate an abstracted racing boat’s hull. A concentric rope garden will create an intimate seating area, and water features will lend sound and light.
Meanwhile, “The Plank” bar will include a sculptural reference to prohibition-era Rhode Islanders.
Upstairs, 312 guestrooms and eight suites will offer a backlit sail stretching the entire length of the headboard wall, and furnishings with dovetail joinery and the metal and leather finishes.
Hotel renovations will also encompass all of the second floor mid-sized meeting rooms. The hotel provides 24,800 square feet of flexible meeting space in total, including: 16 meeting rooms and the 7,600-square-foot Grand Ballroom.
The 4,500-square-foot Spa at Newport Marriott, which opened in 2009, is the largest in Newport. It offers eight treatment rooms, a private relaxation lounge, as well as a hair and nail salon. Also available is a 10,000-square-foot health club, with indoor saline swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, racquetball courts, fitness room and seasonal roof deck.