MHG draws local inspirations for renovation of four boutique properties

House of Honey in Los Angeles is leading the redesign and renovation of Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs.

Mosaic Hotel Group (MHG), the Marin County, Calif.-based collection of boutique hotels, is putting finishing touches on a $7.5-million portfolio-wide renovation project, with most of the enhancements either newly or soon-to-be completed.

The Colony Palms Hotel, Palm Springs has nearly completed a $2-million renovation. House of Honey in Los Angeles is leading the redesign and renovation, primarily inspired by the area's history. Most notably, the spa was updated to add two new treatment rooms (for a total of six), including a couples' treatment room and VIP suite, as well as a new relaxation room. Upgrades were also made in the public areas. The pool area was enhanced with a new hand-painted awning, cabanas, chaise lounges and daybeds that play up the Old Hollywood feel.

The renovation also saw the expansion of the meeting and event space, including conversion of the lower level of a two-level suite into two meeting rooms of approximately 750 square feet, with a prep kitchen and patio added for receptions and events.

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This February, renovations of the Purple Palm Restaurant and Bar's private dining room will be completed and will include extensive kitchen updates, increased seating capacity and new tables and chairs.

Another property, the North Block Hotel in Yountville, in the middle of Napa Valley, is in the middle of a $1-million renovation led by Rapt Studio of Culver City, Calif., that will give each of the 20 guestrooms a residential feel, with an overall industrial-chic esthetic closely related to the redesign of Redd Wood restaurant and the hotel lobby. Guestroom updates, scheduled for completion by March, will include new Irish wool carpeting, case goods, lighting, soft goods and bedding. Meanwhile, the fireplace in the outdoor courtyard and cabanas surrounding the pool will be decked out with new fabrics and seating areas.

The El Dorado Hotel, Sonoma completed the first part of a two-phase, $1.5-million renovation. The 27 guestrooms have new furnishings. Another key enhancement is a lobby area that now includes a new open layout, with paneled ceilings and contemporary furniture, and a new wood front desk that serves as the focal point when guests arrive. The second phase of the renovation, scheduled to begin in mid-2017, will update the hotel's exterior.

Meanwhile, the Hotel Rodavento, Valle de Bravo, Mexico is wrapping up a $3-million renovation led by architect Federico Gomez Crespo and interior design firm Estudio240. The updates include various eco-conscious materials, such as walkways made from reclaimed wood and stones harvested from the property used in the spa. The color palettes within the interior spaces draw from natural elements of the forest, lake and earth. The initial phase of the renovation was completed in May 2016 and included the creation of a new conference center. A new outdoor spa will open by spring 2017, and will include three plunge pools maintained at different temperatures, a private Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, "anti-pollution lounge" with vibrational sound chairs and outdoor fire pits, plus seven massage/therapy rooms and a fitness room.

In February, the hotel will add eight new suite forest lofts. These are four two-story modules with eight new 600-square-foot, King bed guestrooms (one per floor) that blend into the forest. Each of the new elements has a "loft" feel, with framings of steel and cement, and an earthy palette of dark browns and greens in keeping with nature outside. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant and previously existing 28 guestrooms will get cosmetic refreshes by summer 2017.

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