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Sneak Peek: Newport Marriott's Stunning $35 Million Renovation

Hotel & Resort | Claudette Covey | March 17, 2015

Sneak Peek: Newport Marriott's Stunning $35 Million Renovation

On April 10, the Newport Marriott will unveil the results of its $35 million renovation, the property’s most significant facelift in its 27-year history.

“This renovation is a complete transformation,” said Walter Andrews, the Newport Marriott’s general manager, adding that the facelift is designed to reflect the ambiance and spirit of Newport. “The new look of the hotel gives us a more coastal, modern and polished feel.”

The renovation touches virtually every area of the Rhode Island resort, and includes the addition of a restaurant and two bars.

Andrews said the new 98-seat restaurant will offer what he referred to as a “dock-to-table local seafood menu” with large windows affording expansive harbor views. The two new bars – one indoor and one outdoor – will offer tapas-style small plates.

The hotel’s communal great room will include a number of design features that play off Newport’s nautical heritage. The lobby’s registration desk is being fashioned as an abstracted racing boat hull, while the centerpiece of the hotel’s great room will be a chandelier featuring dozens of crystal decanters, some of which appear to give the appearance of sand-tumbled sea glass. The design of the Plank bar, meanwhile, will pay homage to prohibition-era Rhode Islanders.

The resort’s 312 guestrooms and eight suites have been designed with serenity in mind, with each bed designed with backlit sails that extend the length of headboards.

The renovation also included a modernization of the property’s mid-sized meeting rooms on the second floor. In all, the property features 24,800 feet of flexible meeting space in total, including 16 meeting rooms and a 7,600-foot grand ballroom.

The resort also houses a spa, which, at 4,500 feet, is the largest in Newport; and a 10,000-foot health club with indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, racquetball courts, fitness room and roof deck that is open seasonally.

While Andrews said that a large portion of the resort’s guests hail from the Northeast, he noted that the property reach extends to other parts of the world as well. “Newport attracts travelers from all over, as it is the sailing capital of the world and has a robust events and festivals schedule – with everything from the Volvo Ocean Race to the annual Jazz Festival,” he said. In the summer months, the property is popular with families and couples, as well as wedding parties. Andrews added that resort also appeals to corporate and incentive groups of all shapes and sizes.

The harbor side resort is Newport’s largest. It is set in Newport’s downtown district, in walking distance to the area’s historic estates, shops, restaurants and bar, beaches and golf courses.

The Newport Marriott’s renovation was designed by Florida-based Edge of Architecture EoA, Inc.

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