As featured on Long Beach Business Journal
Construction is underway on $22 million worth of renovations at The Westin Long Beach. From the main lobby to the restaurant to the rooms, the hotel is receiving a fresh, new look, according to Managing Director John Thompson.
“This is such a great time to be in Long Beach. There is so much growth and an overall elevation of our city. More and more we are able to compete with Los Angeles and other major markets for convention business,” Thompson said in an e-mail to the Business Journal. “Our location and the warm hospitality of our residents and workers has a lot to do with this, but as businesses like the Westin upgrade, [Long Beach] truly becomes a world class destination.”
While guest rooms are being freshened up, the most notable renovations are being made in the lobby and restaurant area, which will include an altered floor plan, new furniture, new white marble flooring, a new color scheme and a “larger than life” living wall, according to Thompson. The space was designed by architect Houston Tyner and designer Vanrooy Creative Group.
The restaurant is being renamed Navy Proof Food & Spirits, a concept created by Howe & Brown Hospitality specifically for the hotel. A three-story sculptural chandelier will hang above the restaurant and bar to “set the tone for a new way to gather, interact and connect over curated cocktails and bold new food,” Thompson said.
Australian-inspired coffee shop, cafe and lifestyle brand Bluestone Lane is also coming to the ground floor of the Westin. The shop will serve premium coffee and healthy food options to hotel guests and Long Beach residents alike.
The Westin Long Beach was originally built in 1988 and consists of 469 guest rooms and 51,000 square feet of meeting space. The guest room renovations are expected to be completed by mid-April, while the public space renovations are anticipated to wrap up in mid-May.
“Transformations like the one we are currently going through bring a new, fresh dynamic to the overall cityscape of Long Beach but also instill a sense of pride for the many long-term associates who have been with the hotel for up to 30 years,” Thompson said. “We are so happy to honor their service with the gift of renovation.”
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