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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 | Comments (0)

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!

MUCH BETTER. Much, much, much better.

The renovations overhauled all 450 guest rooms, suites, corridors, restaurants, ballrooms and various structural, mechanical and engineering systems. Wimbley Interiors designed the guest rooms to feel like a luxurious residential beach home using hues of warm blues, green and greys, all inspired by the Gulf of Mexico and its stunning sunsets, which can be viewed from the guest room balconies. (All but 11 rooms at the hotel have balconies.)

Elsewhere at the resort, there's a new restaurant, Terraza, which has a "Mozzarella Bar" with fresh smoked mozzarella, artisan burratta and traditional buffalo mozzarella (this new open-air restaurant replaces the old Terrace restaurant.) At the new Dusk restaurant, the cocktail menu mixes Asian ingredients with Western influences to create drinks like the Yuzukoshu Sour, made with Glenlivet 5-year Scotch, Aperol, house-made Sencha green tea syrup, yuzu, pineapple juice and chili, shaken and strained on the rocks.

The lobby's culinary concept, Bites, also got jazzed up. Open from 5pm to 10pm each night, Bites serves "small tastes of popular dishes, such as crab cake hushpuppies, beef short rib sliders and shrimp potstickers."

Rounding out the amenities at the Ritz-Carlton Naples are several pools, including a family pool, access to the nearby Tiburón Golf Course (and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples) and a massive spa and fitness center with more than 30 treatment rooms and wellness and nutrition programs.

Rates at the resort are pricey, around $1,000 a night in February. But at least you will get your money's worth in a newly renovated room.

[Photos: Ritz-Carlton Naples]

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