The Westin’s hotel rooms and infrastructure will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation beginning this week.The Westin’s hotel rooms and infrastructure will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation beginning this week.
The Westin Resort and Villas St. John is getting a $12 million facelift starting this week.
The “major refurbishment of existing hotel space,” according to a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. press release, will include a “complete refresh of the 96 beach and poolside hotel rooms.”
Renovations will focus on both the exterior and interior of hotel room buildings, explained Westin General Manager Mike Ryan.
“What we are doing is a total exterior renovation, including new roofs, siding, windows, and doors,” he said. “We are doing upgrades to the interiors with new carpeting, paint, and soft goods. So it’s a pretty good renovation for those buildings.”
Work is expected to continue through the second week of March 2014, and care will be taken to ensure the impact on guests is minimal.
“We’ll take a building out of service, start working on it, then take a second building out, and by the time we’re ready to take a third building out, the first building should be completed, so we’ve always got inventory,” said Ryan.
Entire buildings will be shut down and refurbished, so guests will not be staying in buildings where work is underway.
In addition to the hotel buildings’ facelift, the Westin will also undergo renovations to its infrastructure in an effort to prevent flooding, which caused damage to the resort during Tropical Storm Otto.
“We’ll be doing work on stormwater management, upgrading sanitary lines, and other needed work like that,” said Ryan. “The stormwater management is to help prevent issues in the future.”
“Not only does this refurbishment ensure an even higher quality of accommodations and services for our guests, but we are also pleased to continue our commitment to the island,” Ryan said in the Starwood release.