I said I would post a weekly update on what is happening with the renovation of the hotel. This week, though, I want to catch you up. As I said in the first entry, we have been doing some work behind the scenes in preparation for the work to be done.
We have contracted an interior design firm and we have had several meetings to figure out the direction we want to go with the design. Our décor has had a traditional feel with some Asian touches such as carved wood fireplace mantel and Balinese and Indonesian art. Initially, we were attempting to create a transitional feel by blending some of the favorite items with the new look. However in the public areas, we are now heading to a more contemporary décor while in the rooms, we have a very nice mix that gives the room a contemporary, yet homey feel.
Whenever possible, we are incorporating Green initiatives as part of the project. As I said before, we will be changing the window in all the rooms from a single pane, to a double pane window. This should have the effect of reducing noise and saving energy. So far, we have installed one sample window and we like the way it looks and the relative quietness of the room.
As far as progress in the sample rooms is concerned we have made good strides and are already placing some orders; we have finalized our room carpet, accent wall vinyl, bathroom wall vinyl, drape fabric, sofa sleepers, lounge chair style and fabric, desk chair, and the drawer pulls. We are still working on some of the lighting, such as the desk lamp (yes…still), the wall sconce in the entry and the bathroom mirror/light.
That’s it for this week! Stay tuned next week as I share with you a bit of the decoration taste that is coming into conference facility.
Javier O. Solis, CHA