"We want to modernize, but not lose the tradition the hotel has," says Guy Lindsey, Sunstone's senior vice president of design and construction, emphasizing his company's aim to accommodate millennials-"the next generation coming through," he says-while also keeping in mind the needs of baby boomers.
"A lot of what we are doing is driving energy efficiency," Lindsey
Even as it has renovated, though, Sunstone
has worked to respect the hotel's past, most specifically when retouching the opulent second-floor ballrooms.
"The [Imperial Ballroom, the largest,] will take you back in time," Lindsey
"We wanted to create an environment where our guests want to come and hang out," Lindsey
The last phase of the renovation, a complete redesign of the guest rooms, is set to start in late 2015.
It will include the complete replacement of the furniture-"our goal was comfort and durability," Lindsey says-and the deployment of a silver-gray color palette.
other hotel projects, the Boston Park Plaza renovation speaks to the company's business model and strategy.
"[We approach] hotels that need capital invested," Lindsey
"We want to invest the capital and reposition the hotel."
goal for Boston Park Plaza was to turn the long-standing property into a four-plus-star hotel.
"[As with all our properties,] that includes completely redesigning the guest experience," Lindsey
"From a technological standpoint, a physical standpoint, and a service one."