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May. 16, 2013

Westin Hospitality Property Undergoes $30M Renovations

By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, a 250-acre hospitality property nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, is currently undergoing a $30 million renovation that began in the spring of 2012. Each of the resort’s 487 guest rooms (including 25 suites) and 60,000 square feet of ballroom/function space has been revamped as part of the extensive makeover.

In its final phase, with only the reception and lobby areas and the Azul restaurant patio left to revitalize, the project is expected to be complete in October 2013.

The resort has recently finished a complete remodeling of its five pools according to the Arizona Daily Star, as well as a major upgrade of its guest rooms. Room enhancements include installation of Radio Frequency ID (RFID) key card lock system; 42” HD-TVs; headboards incorporated with LED technology, adjustable reading lights; and executive desks with power outlets and strong Wi-Fi signal.

Additionally, all meeting spaces and ballrooms have been reinvented and now benefit from state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment; the 27 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course bunkers and greens have been refreshed and resurfaced; the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Center has been remodeled and equipped with modern equipment; La Paloma Country Club tennis courts have received new surfaces and fencing; and new locally- sourced ground cover, indigenous vegetation, and lighting systems have been installed throughout the property, according to company statements.

In other hospitality news, the Arizona Daily Star reports that Lodge on the Desert has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, listing a $11.58 million construction loan from Wells Fargo as its largest unsecured claim.

The 77-year-old Tucson hotel located on North Alvernon Way just north of Broadway had recently completed a $15 million rejuvenation project which expanded the outfit from 35 to 103 rooms.

Photo credits: The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa