Jess Swanson, Senior Editor
Jess Swanson, Senior Editor
Jun 2020

There’s nothing like a timeout to collect your thoughts and then reenter the game with renewed vigor. Smart hotels across the country have used mandated closures over the last couple of months to reinvigorate themselves—from new robotic staff members to revamped suites, lounges, on-site restaurants and bars, and even breaking ground on lengthy renovations. Below, four properties upping their game.

Exterior of Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel / Courtesy image

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Seattle, Washington
Since 1924, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle has celebrated its history in grand Italian Renaissance style with its dark wood wraparound balcony, domed lobby ceiling and stately pillars. But later this year, the property will unveil an extensive $25 million renovation, tapping Spanish design studio Lazaro Rosa-Violan to restore parts of the hotel to their original grandeur and repurpose artifacts while introducing a restaurant and new bars onsite.

The Canvas Hotel has added new canvases to its lobby's walls. / Courtesy image

The Canvas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
Housed inside a refurbished brick building, this industrial-chic property is unveiling new renovations of its lobby, guest rooms and its bar and pool hangout, Gallery Rooftop Lounge. The changes are centered on new art by Dallas-based artists, including Jeremy Biggers’ parted metallic lip sculpture, Corey Godfrey’s portraits of women in nature and Kyle Steed’s black-and-white geometric patterns.

Ashburn suite bedroom at The Tides Inn / Courtesy image

The Tides Inn
Irvington, Virginia
Located on the Rappahannock River about 70 miles from Richmond on Virginia’s Northern Neck, The Tides Inn’s slogan is “tied to tradition since 1947.” This secluded waterfront resort has been beloved for decades, but its latest redesign includes four luxury suites with sweeping views of the river, rich mahogany and leather details, a Chef’s Kitchen for cooking classes led by executive chef Alex Pasco and a Maker’s Space offering lessons in everything from antiquing to floral design. The property will also add a fleet of bikes for complimentary use to explore the area, and lawn games including bocce.

Lounge bar at Hotel Amarano / Courtesy image

Hotel Amarano
Burbank, California
The only luxury boutique in Burbank, California, this sumptuous hideaway is surrounded by film studio ranches and inspired by the old Hollywood glamour of a private retreat from the 1920s. This summer the 132-room hotel will unveil a full-scale renovation with interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, including a new restaurant and bar called For Your Consideration (FYC), and redesigned guest rooms and lobby.

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