Richmond International helps renovate Boca Raton Resort

Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, announced the completion of a $30-million renovation of its Cloister building. Many of the 318 deluxe rooms and suites were Addison Mizner's architecture, the Cloister Inn, built in 1926 with his signature Spanish Colonial/Mediterranean style design.

The Geist family succeeded Mizner as owners and completed the Cloister building in the 1930s, preserving Mizner's architectural dream. With views of the intercostal waterway, the resort's tropical courtyards or gardens, the new rooms measure a minimum of 290 square feet, and include contemporary decor, expansive bathrooms, rainfall showers and furnishings inspired by the design of the waterfront Mediterranean village.

The vision for the renovation started with Richmond International of London, and the result was an investment of over $100,000 per room. According to Fiona Thompson, principal, Richmond International, the final look is intended to be one of calming colors and neutral tones but with a blend of colonial charm and style that combine to create unique interiors.

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Immediately upon entering the Cloister corridor, paneled moldings were added to the walls to give proportion to the spaces. The room number, corridor light and bell push were also re-designed, now on a bronze finished panel that sits beside each guestroom doorway. In the rooms, bright and neutral colors were chosen as the tone to complement the colonial influenced furnishings. Other aspects of the hotel's design include winged rattan and leatherhead boards, metal-legged mahogany topped desk and bathrooms with rainfall showers. In addition, a rebuild of the 1930s construction's plumbing and electrical was completed, and enhanced Wi-Fi was added.

Boca Raton Resort & Club began improvements in 2013 with a refresh of its restaurants, lobby and common areas. This continued with the $1.3-million renovation of the Health Club and the early winter introduction of Flow House Boca, featuring a dual-sided FlowRider wave simulator.

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