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July 10, 2018

Supplier News: Big Renos in DC, Vermont




A pair of big venue renovations lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

W Washington DC Reno to Include Rooftop Revamp

The W Washington DC reports that it is kicking off a $50 million renovation project that will include a complete transformation of its rooftop space. 

The hotel’s first full renovation since its opening in 2009, the project is slated for completion in early 2019. Other highlights include a complete guestroom redesign with décor that references local monuments and an update to the Living Room lobby space. The Great Room and grand ballroom are also set for a refresh. 

One of the highlights of the renovation project is a revamp of the hotel’s POV rooftop bar and lounge. The renovation will add accordion-style windows that can open onto sweeping views of the Washington Monument, transforming the space into a year-round, indoor/outdoor venue. The project will also add new design elements inspired by the city’s Metro

The hotel’s 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space will also be transformed, including the Great Room, which will add new, angled LED ceiling lights with changeable colors to match any event theme, as well as a built-in bar. New custom carpeting will aim to evoke a map of the city’s streets. 

In terms of accommodations, the hotel’s 317 guestrooms will get new bathrooms with an open-flow concept, including glassed-in showers designed to let in natural light, as well as new vanities. The guestrooms will also get new custom décor with references to local history, including a minibar that mimics the angles of the Washington Monument. 

The top-tier Extreme WOW Suite will also get a revamp, with the 1,176 square foot space adding a floor-to-ceiling graphic mural by Amit Greenberg; a sliding door with cryptic lettering inspired by the Kryptos sculpture of the CIA and mirrored ceilings designed to capture the views of the National Mall and monuments below. Instead of a dining room table, there will be a full-size bar for in-room entertaining. 

Finally, the hotel will add two new signature restaurants by Executive Chef Barry Koslow. The ground floor restaurant will extend from the Living Room, serving shared plates and cocktails highlighting local flavors. Additionally, a new speakeasy will have an attached beer garden patio on Pennsylvania Avenue

Meeting Space Reno at Vermont’s Equinox

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa has 18,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor venue space that can accommodate from 10 to 350 guests. The space has been refreshed to accommodate meetings, weddings and exhibits, and artwork now decorates the corridors of the meeting and event spaces, while carpeting and paint have been revived with colorful tones of blues and slate. New upholstery aims to inspire a more traditional, clean feel.
 
In terms of accommodations, the property’s 147 guest rooms and suites have been updated with new carpeting, drapery, plush couches and lounge chairs, desk furnishings, tables with dark wooden bases and marble tops, along with new hardwood box frame beds. Corridors have also been updated with blue and grey hues in the new wallpaper and carpeting, and bathroom lighting has been enhanced with mirrors in inset lighting.  The new color scheme also includes soft neutral colors with green accents that pay homage to Manchester’s landscape. 

Public spaces have also been renovated. In addition to new furnishings, the lobby has a wine bar. One of The Equinox’s restored gas chandeliers from the 19th century Opera House across the street has been restored and hung in the Great Room, while the original antique key box has been mounted behind the front desk. A focal point of the property is the Library, where guests have been gathering around the wood-burning marble fireplace since 1769. The area also caters to special events with an expansive hardwood dining table, lounge chairs tucked into cozy spots with smaller tables for intimate gatherings, reading, or playing board games with the family.
 
The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa’s onsite restaurants have also been renovated. Serving classic New England pub fare for lunch and dinner, Marsh Tavern now has a contemporary feel with modern light fixtures, seating, and round tables to facilitate conversation.
 
The Chop House has been completely redone with new banquette seating against the walls, and the marble fireplace engraved with Louise Orvis initials has been decorated with new mantel accessories. The steakhouse serves a variety of prime-aged beef sourced from local farms and purveyors for dinner as well as fresh seafood, signature sides and house made breads.
 
Falcon Bar received a light refresh with new wallpaper, seating, and upholstery with a deep wooden aesthetic.. The design team paid homage to the resort’s falconry experience by adding a decorative glass falcon to the back bar as well as abstract images of falcons along the walls. Near the falcon bar is the Equinox desk offering a 10x10-foot lava fire pit with a view of the Equinox Mountain.
 
Finally, the Spa at The Equinox is fully renovated with soft wood flooring and a wood-accented reception desk. The newly renovated hot tubs both offer guests a full body immersion into relaxing waters while enjoying views of the Equinox Mountain. The 14,000 square foot facility houses, sauna, steam room, movement & fitness studio and 75-foot lap and recreational pool, which has a Jane Armstrong sculpture of the Sea Horse along with new lounge furniture. 

New Group Menus at Omni Homestead Resort

The Omni Homestead Resort, a meetings destination in Hot Springs, VA, has announced new summer and fall banquet menus for groups. 

Highlights of the new menu offerings include a sangria bar, an ice cream truck or a mashed potato bar serving options ranging from sweet basil mash to ricotta whipped potatoes. For small groups, there’s a new “Tour of Virginia” themed menu spotlighting local cuisine, and for outdoor events, there’s a new picnic buffet. 

Other menu updates include a general push to reflect seasonal ingredients, as well as new culinary trends and new cocktails. The new menus span buffets, plated dishes, a la carte offerings, snacks, boxed meals, themed stations (i.e. taste of Asia) and interactive cocktail stations. 

The Omni Homestead Resort has 483 guestrooms and 72,000 square feet of meeting and event space across 26 meeting rooms, including a grand ballroom opening onto a formal garden and lawn space for outdoor events. The resort is also home to two 18-hole golf courses, a spa, clay tennis courts, a zipline tour, an indoor pool, a fitness center, multiple dining options and an onsite theater screening nightly movies. In Allegheny springs, guests can also take advantage of a lazy river, two waterslides and a sandy beach. 

The resort is set on 2,000 acres of scenic Virginia landscape approximately four hours by car from Washington, DC


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