The Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino announced Monday the first phase of an ambitious remodeling project to spruce up the Condado-area property, starting with an initial investment of $1.5 million to give its suites a facelift by December.
“Our remodeling project consists of redecorating 33 suites and the corridors of the hotel’s 6th, 7th, and 8th floors,” said Miriam Vélez, general manager of the hotel.
The hotel plans to continue overhauling aspects of the property in several stages, with the goal of completing the project sometime in 2015, she added.
“We intend to continue improving our facilities for the benefit of our guests and those who visit us,” said Vélez, who was appointed to her post earlier this year.
The Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino is a full-service hotel and casino on Ashford Avenue housing 233 rooms, including 87 two-room suites. The casino spans 14,000 square feet on the ground floor. A partnership between New York-based Caribbean Property Group and Whitehall (Goldman Sachs) acquired the Radisson in January 2005.
Since acquiring the property, CPG has spent millions in renovations, including sprucing up the entire suite tower and rooftop pool deck, adding a fitness center, as well as combining the two restaurants formerly on-site to create the Ambassador Grill & Sports Bar.
The 33 rooms and corridors were renovated using a blend of warm colors, with a contrast of textures and materials that are identified “with the rhythm and flavor of Puerto Rico,” she said.
“The intention was to modernize the traditional structure while maintaining its classic and welcoming charm. New carpets were installed in lighter colors to highlight spaciousness. New white bedspreads, sheets and pillowcases were chosen to maximize the light in the space, while the bed ruffles feature a combination of various ranges of colors including orange, purple and red, among others,” Vélez said.
The improvements also included renovating the bathrooms, outfitting them with new tiling, among other upgrades. Once the rooms are completely done, the hotel plans to market them through a higher category that gives guests access to the Ambassador Club Lounge, she said.
“This is just part of a new stage for the Radisson Ambassador Plaza. These improvements to the physical plant, coupled with the efforts we are making to continue to improve our customer service, will help put us in a competitive position within Puerto Rico’s hospitality industry,” Vélez said.