Katie Wohlschlaeger, (303) 404-6466
LA POSADA DE SANTA FE RESORT & SPA, A ROCKRESORT, IS SET TO UNVEIL $6.2 MILLION RENOVATION
**Southwest Redesign and Enhanced Services Provide Authentic Santa Fe Flavor**
Santa Fe, NM – March 26, 2008 -- La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, A RockResort, will complete a $6.2 million dollar renovation this May 2008, inviting travelers to experience the revamped, sophisticated Southwest design, a brand new additional restaurant and updated luxury amenities. The extensive redesign will enhance all 157 guest rooms including 30 signature suites, public spaces, the RockResorts Spa™, the historic Staab House and dining venues.
As part of the interior design plan, the resort partnered with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation to incorporate indigenous fabrics and prints that will be featured in guest rooms and public spaces. Guests entering the resort will immediately notice the transformation in the lobby where individual desk stations will replace the traditional check-in counter, allowing for a more personalized arrival experience. Additional lobby seating will invite guests to socialize and enjoy one of the resort’s wine selections, listen to native flute players who perform each week, or admire the vibrant paintings that adorn the walls courtesy of Santa Fe’s Peyton Wright art gallery. For an educational lobby experience, history buff Alan Osborne provides Santa Fe history and culture lectures, while the director emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Bob Ewing, offers Santa Fe art sessions.
“We are excited about this restoration project, which is elevating our historic resort to new levels of luxury,” said John Luckett, General Manager of La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa. “Our commitment to providing an indigenous experience for our guests can be seen throughout the décor, distinct service elements and unique amenities.”
Already recognized for its fine dining AAA Four Diamond restaurant, Fuego, La Posada will introduce an additional culinary venue, Viga restaurant. Viga will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. Fuego, which will only serve dinner, will also be upgraded with new furniture including leather seating, elegant fabrics of sage green, gold and rose, and dark wood accents. A new street entrance will allow for easy access by neighborhood residents.
The pueblo-style village resort is centered around the historic 19th century Staab House, which was once home to prosperous German merchant Abraham Staab and his family. The Staab House’s casual and cozy eatery and bar will be upgraded to embody a chic, Victorian feel with large, geometric patterned fabrics in rich tones, dramatic new chandeliers, a refurbished bar area, new soft goods and furniture. The former mansion also features a “library” lounge area, which will be enhanced as well as the private dining Rose Room, which will feature a new wine room that will be able to house almost 900 bottles in a wall-to-wall red oak cabinet. La Posada’s wine list features 800 selections as overseen by wine sommelier Robert Ortiz.
La Posada’s 157 guest rooms will offer new soft goods and furniture including new beds with white duvet bedding, cozy lounge chairs, desks and nightstands in antiqued sand wood, refinished wood flooring, rugs and window treatments, and flatscreen LCD televisions. Each of the resort’s rooms are distinct in layout, but all will feature a brightened look and feel with patterned carpets and traditional Santa Fe colors of terra cotta and light sage. The four guest rooms located in the Staab House will be kept in a Victorian style with new bedding, rugs and window treatments. This includes the infamous Julia Staab suite, which is said to still be inhabited by its former owner’s spirit.
Guests will be able to unwind at the 4,500-square-foot RockResorts Spa, featuring a redesigned relaxation area with plush chaise lounges, drapery dividers to maximize privacy and a glass wall featuring a rippled water visual effect. Updates to the reception area and treatment rooms (including five massage rooms, two facial rooms and one spa wet room) add to the luxury spa experience. Just in time for the spa rejuvenation, a special spring-themed treatment menu is being introduced to tempt guests with such offerings as a Margarita Manicure / Pedicure, which concludes with a silver coin margarita.
Property owner Gencom Group, one of the nation’s leading domestic and international investment and development firms, partnered with Spillis Candela DMJM design firm on the renovation. Set on six beautifully landscaped acres, the resort is located in the heart of Santa Fe, just blocks from the historic Plaza and art galleries. La Posada features an art program in which an original collection of artwork, photography and statues supplied by local galleries are on display throughout the property. For more information, visit WWW.ROCKRESORTS.COM or call 866-331-ROCK (7625).
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RockResorts' luxury resort hotels offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas™, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colo,; The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Vail Valley, Colo,; The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo,; The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; Keystone Lodge & Spa in Keystone, Colo.; Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo.; La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa in Santa Fe, N.M.; Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and The Landings St. Lucia, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Future RockResorts include; Eleven Biscayne Hotel & Spa in Miami, Fla. (scheduled to open in 2009); The Chateau at Heavenly Village in Lake Tahoe, Cali. (scheduled to open in 2009); One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo. (scheduled to open in winter 2009/2010); Rum Cay Resort Marina in Rum Cay, The Bahamas (scheduled to open in 2010); and the Third Turtle Club & Spa in Turks & Caicos (scheduled to open in 2011).
About Gencom Group
Founded in 1987 by Karim Alibhai, Gencom Group is one of the nation’s leading domestic and international investment and development firm specializing in the hospitality and residential real estate sectors. By aligning itself with prominent investors and institutional relationships, Gencom has maintained a strong market position in both luxury and mixed-use hotels and resorts with significant residential components, and in other hospitality-related investments that include both portfolios and single assets.The luxury and mixed-use projects fall primarily under The Ritz-Carlton flag, representing a total investment when completed in excess of $6 billion. The firm continues to opportunistically grow its portfolio holdings in key resort and urban markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe. Gencom is headquartered in Miami with representative offices in Houston, U.S. West Coast and London. For more information, visit www.gencomgrp.com.