Bacara Resort & Spa – Santa Barbara, California
This oceanfront property has seen an infusion of $20 million since it was acquired by Pacific Hospitality Group in 2013. The latest upgrades were completed in November, including in-room advanced entertainment systems that provide customized messaging for groups. The renovation of 358 guest rooms was completed in July. There’s 70,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space and a 211-seat screening room.
The resort’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the guest rooms’ automated lighting and climate controls, which help with energy conservation. Bacara also donated $150,000 worth of guest room furnishings to Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities and other organizations following the remodel.
“There will never be another resort like Bacara built on the California coast,” says Kory Kramer, chief investment officer of Pacific Hospitality Group. “We are committed to maintaining Bacara’s world-renowned reputation.”
The St. Anthony – San Antonio
Dating to 1909, this National Historic Landmark wrapped up a multimillion-dollar renovation in November. The top-to-bottom makeover, which started in 2013, reduced the property’s 350 guest rooms to 277. New carpeting and paint highlight upgrades to 31,527 sq. ft. of event space, including a 4,700-square-foot ballroom/balcony area.
St. A Sky Terrace, offering expansive views of the city, is a new rooftop lounge that makes for a magnificent outdoor event space on the hotel’s 10th floor. The renovation also included the rebirth of the historic St. Anthony Club.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Literally a tower of power, the 587-room Julius Tower at Caesars is wrapping up a $75 million renovation that will debut Jan. 1. Redesigned guest rooms are classically inspired, with luxurious modern touches. The project is part of a $1 billion investment as Caesars prepares to celebrate its golden anniversary throughout 2016.
In total, Caesars Palace has 3,980 guest rooms and suites. Among the 300,000 sq. ft. of meeting space are two ballrooms that offer 51,000 sq. ft. each. The Colosseum can seat 4,100 for special events and serves as the property’s main entertainment venue. Among the amazing dining options is Mr. Chow Las Vegas, which opens this month, and celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay.