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Before and After: The Ritz-Carlton Naples Reinvents Itself Completely

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  Site Where: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road [map], Naples, FL, United States, 34108
January 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

When we visited the The Ritz-Carlton Naples in Florida as a tween back in the early 90s, we're pretty sure the rooms looked similar to what you see above. Fortunately, the hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar makeover that will impress everyone, even those critical tweens.

Keep reading to see how the resort looks after the renovations!

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Oompa Loompas Invade The Ritz-Carlton Naples This Weekend

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  Site Where: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. [map], Naples, fl, United States, 34108
December 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM | by | ()

Oompa loompa doompadee doo, we’ve got a perfect puzzle for you: where can you combine one of the greatest movies of all time with the most candy you’ve ever seen in your life, in a setting that is equal parts sunshine and sophistication? This weekend, the answer is the Ritz-Carlton, Naples for the fourth annual Willy Wonka Weekend starting Friday.

For the first time this year, the weekend kicks off with a premiere event on Friday night from 5:30-8:30pm. Guests who buy “golden tickets” ($95 for adults, $85 children ages 12 and under) can enjoy a themed dinner buffet, and an exclusive question-and-answer session with Naples residents Theo and Maddie Dahl, the son and daughter-in-law Roald Dahl. The elder Dahl wrote the original 1964 book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on which the movie was based. Guests that evening will also receive a copy of the book signed by Theo Dahl.

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New 'Bites' on The Menu at The Ritz-Carlton Naples

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  Site Where: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. [map], Naples, fl, United States, 34108
November 30, 2009 at 11:14 AM | by | ()

As if you aren't already overstuffed from Thanksgiving dinner, the is giving you yet another reason to keep on eating. Tomorrow, the hotel will open their new restaurant called Bites.

The idea is kind of revolutionary for a Ritz-Carlton since Bites, as the name suggests, will offer small plates and cocktails in an intimate lounge-like setting.

No, there’s nothing new about a lounge serving tapas or small-plates menu, but whereas you’ll usually find white table-cloth and sparkling crystal service when dining at a Ritz-Carlton property, Bites is meant to mark a “return to intimacy and comfort in dining, which industry leaders and chefs are noting as necessities in the new decade of dining.”

Translation: this recession is making people nervous, so they want comfortable food and ambiance. That must be why Bites is only charging between $2-14 for each of the 40 plates on the menu, with the average falling around $7.

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Naplonean Dynamite Spa

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  Site Where: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road [map], Naples, fl, United States, 34108
July 12, 2005 at 4:18 PM | by | ()

Ok so Naples and Napolean aren't really similar words but they could be.

At the Ritz Carlton Resort in Naples, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico the Spa was recently ranked the top spa in Florida and #12 in North America.

The only proper way to describe this spa is luxurious. The treatment rooms are equipped with Frette linens and down comforters.

With over 50,000 square feet of spa, there's so much to do!

Just remember to bring your wallet!

(P.S. The Spa Chick has a Spa Guy!)

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Ritz-Carlton Security: Too Rough For Rush?

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  Site Where: 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road [map], Naples, fl, United States, 34108
June 6, 2005 at 11:03 AM | by | ()

The lead guitarist for the band Rush, Alex Zivojinovich, whose stage name is Alex Lifeson, is suing the Ritz-Carlton,  its security director and three sheriff's deputies stemming from a New Year's Eve 2003 altercation at the Naples hotel.

Lifeson's son and daughter-in-law are also named as plaintiffs in the suit.

Apparently, Lifeson's son, Justin Zivojinovich got a little too crazy on stage during a house band break while ringing in 2004 and the security man-handled them to get down.

According to the court documents filed on Thursday:

"Michelle Zivojinovich was illegally arrested when she complained about the force used to subdue her husband.

Deputies said Alex Zivojinovich pushed a female deputy down a stairwell and spit in another deputy's face when he tried to intervene. Zivojinovich, a founding member of Rush, suffered a broken nose and other injuries in the scuffle."

Basically, everybody got arrested and now they want payback for all the mental anguish they were caused.

In a statement we completely made up, Alex Zivojinovich said the Ritz security team should:

Catch the mist
Catch the myth
Catch the mystery
Catch the drift

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