The AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa, overlooking the Monterey Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf, announced plans for a complete renovation of its tree-lined atrium lobby, together with construction of a new $3.5 million entrance plaza and $60 million renovation of the 40,000-square foot Monterey Conference Center. The $6 million reimaged lobby will feature extensive use of wood complimented by lighted pendants in the 25-foot lobby ficus trees, as well as, a new bar and lobby seating providing a unique ambience for food and bar service.
Portola lower lobby and new restaurant.
“The ongoing and future property renovations are part of our commitment to our guests, to offer an exceptional stay in one of the most beautiful ocean-side destinations on the California coast,” said Janine Chicourrat, General Manager of the property. In addition to the current upgrades, the Portola has recently completed a $10 million full renovation of all their 379 guestrooms and bathrooms.
Newly renovated guestroom bathroom.
Two world renowned firms have been selected as the design partners. The San Francisco-based Puccini Group is the interior-design partner for the Portola lobby enhancements. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the designer for the 35,000-square foot entrance plaza and the Monterey Conference Center. Both the plaza and conference center are being constructed by the City of Monterey, through a long-standing private/public partnership with Portola.
Monterey Conference Center.
“We’ve taken cues from the modern aesthetic tone set by the adjacent conference-center renovation, but have also set the hotel apart by creating a resort-like atmosphere and a strong sense of place consistent with the Hotel’s setting adjacent to Monterey Bay,” added Puccini’s Chief Creative Officer, Rob Polacek. “The coastal Monterey landscape, wildlife and local artist community had a tremendous influence on our design and materials palette.”
Local inspiration for designing the Portola lobby and restaurant.
These improvements, include cutting-edge energy and water conservation fixtures, reinforcing the Portola’s commitment to green practices and its U.S. Building Council’s LEED® Certified Status. The Conference Center will also seek LEED certification upon completion. All three projects are scheduled for completion in April, 2017. During the renovation process, the Portola Hotel & Spa will remain open for business.
Give the front desk a call or check out www.portolahotel.com for more information.