The beachfront resort — one of the oldest in the Ritz family — will close for nearly 70 days starting June 25 for a face-lift. But its owners are considering an expansion down the road.
At a pre-application meeting with Collier County planners in March, representatives of the hotel discussed a project that would include a new building with 74 rooms. An application for the proposed project has yet to be filed with the county, however and the Ritz-Carlton representative states they have no formal plans finalized.
The project the hotel’s engineering representatives discussed with county planners would include converting 99 existing rooms to 49 larger rooms. The end result would be the addition of 24 rooms in a new building that may have separation from the current property. Currently, the resort has 450 luxury rooms and suites.
A parking garage is proposed as a second phase of that proposal.
The renovation this summer will restore the 33-year-old property’s facade and includes upgrades to its spa and Gumbo Limbo beachfront bar and restaurant, which will undergo a full rejuvenation.
The boardwalks also will get updates, and so will the 10,000-square-foot Vanderbilt Ballroom, which will complete the reimagination of the resort’s meeting space. The other ballrooms already have been refreshed.