7MB Ritz hotel to be closed for $ 50m upgrade
(CNS) The Ritz-Carlton complex on Seven Mile Beach will close in early June through mid-November for a $ 50 million upgrade to the 144-acre site. A press release from the resort described it as “a massive rejuvenation project that will transform guest rooms, meeting spaces, and public spaces,” as well as a redesign of the beachfront restaurant. The release states that ” the significant financial investment ”in the wake of the pandemic and related challenges“ reflects the commitment ”to the“ iconic resort ”.
General manager Marc Langevin, who has often hinted in recent months that the resort could shut down permanently if borders do not open, said the Ritz will come back stronger than ever.
“The impact of the global pandemic has certainly shaken our core business,” Langevin said. “With the support of our local guests and customers, we were able to turn a moment of crisis into a success and continue to employ a core of our ladies and gentlemen over the past year.
Langevin also thanked the Dart Group, the current owner of the 369-room hotel that stretches from North Sound to Seven Mile Beach, saying they had helped support the hotel as it remained open to the local market. The station was at the height of a booming season when the pandemic struck in March 2020 and had to shift from an international business model to a local business model due to the border closure. In June 2020, it opened to local customers for stays, seclusion in luxury for returning travelers, unique dining experiences and special events.