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Before and After: The Renaissance Long Beach Goes from Grandma to Pretty Young Thing

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April 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Ok. Let's be honest. The only good thing that we can say about this old room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach, Calif. is that we're loving the Queen Mary outside the window. Everything else though, can go. And fortunately that's exactly what happened.

The Renaissance has just finished an $8 million renovation that upgraded each of the 374 guest rooms, including the 14 suites and the presidential suite, as well as the lobby, the Club Lounge and the fitness center. Work on the pool is set to begin soon.

Well, what are you waiting for? Take a look at how the rooms look now!

Ahhh...so much better.

Creative Resource Associates, a California-based firm, spearheaded the new look for the guest rooms and suites. "Long Beach is a dynamic city with a fun and kinetic energy. The room design at the Renaissance Long Beach was created to represent the soothing, tranquil sea within the vibrancy of the city. The hotel design offers a peaceful retreat which mutes the noise of a busy day and the magical, soulful qualities of the sea," said Hydee D. Hirsch, Principal of CRA.

While the entire room is a true sight for sore eyes, we actually love the printed detail on the edge of the duvet cover. It's a break from all-white monotony that's gotten to be, er, that you find in hotels these days but it still gives us the feeling that we're about to jump into a nice, clean bed.

Rates at the Renaissance typically start at $189 a night. However, because the hotel is within walking distance to the Toyota Grand Prix Race, happening this weekend, rates bump up to $399 a night.

[Photos: Renaissance Long Beach]

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With the exception of the curtains, actually like the old room better.

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