NAPLES, Fla. - A new and improved Ritz-Carlton resort. The hotel on Vanderbilt Beach Road is ready to re-open its doors for the fall. Monday morning hundreds of the hotel's employees came out to celebrate.
Nine hundred and fifty employees are kicking off the fall season back at work in their newly renovated job place.
"It's about the ladies and gentleman of the Ritz-Carlton who put the heart and soul of our brand into our building," says Bruce Seigel, Director of Sales and Maketing.
A building that for weeks, has undergone a massive multi-million dollar makeover from the inside and out. Officials say they modernized the infrastructure, added new windows, and updated air conditioning units.
"Every guest room is brand new, every suite, new restaurants so we've closed for 66 days, it's the largest home improvement project," Seigel adds.
The hotel is ready for business. After Monday's welcome back employee celebration, it's back to work catoring to more advanced bookings than they've ever had going into season.
"The Ritz-Carlton will just have a phenomenal year which bodes well for the entire community because when the hotel industry is doing well everyone does well from real estate to restaurants to shopping and there's labor and employment so this really is a major catalyst to the community," he adds.
(Still photo courtesy of the Ritz Carlton Naples)