Wimberly Interiors, Blue Plate to redesign The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Southwest Florida will close for renovations from July 25 to September 30—a rare move for the 27-year-old property.

Among the companies hired for the remastering are Wimberly Interiors and design agency Blue Plate, both based in New York.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples’ “remastering” will see the renovation of all of its guestrooms, replacing and upgrading everything from the furniture and decor to the TVs, wiring for Internet access and tearing out of the air conditioning hidden behind the walls in every room. Upon completion, the property's rooms are expected to resemble luxury beach homes.

Improvements are also planned for the property’s three restaurants. Hallways and corridors will get an overhaul and more than 90 windows will be replaced with Category 5 hurricane glass, many of them in the front of the lobby. The Terrace, a family-style continental restaurant, will get a new glass atrium and will be renamed Terrazza to fit its new Italian theme. The Sushi Bar’s renovation will include an extended balcony offering sunset views; it will be rebranded as The Bar, with the menu revamped to include sushi, small bites and creative cocktails. Meanwhile, the Grill steak house will get a contemporary facelift without touching the popular menu or the dining experience.

The Artisans “princess ballroom” will similarly be renovated.

The 450-room resort undergoes renovation approximately every eight years, with this next upgrade said to be the biggest ever. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples will reopen on Oct. 1.

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