The Portola Hotel & Spa has announced plans for a complete renovation of its tree-lined atrium lobby, together with construction of a new $3.5 million entrance plaza and 40,000 square foot Monterey Conference Center. The $6 million reimagined lobby will feature extensive use of wood complimented by lighted pendants in the 25-foot lobby fichus trees as well as a new bar and lobby seating providing a unique ambience for food and bar service.
Two world renowned firms have been selected as the design partners. The San Francisco-based Puccini Group is the interior-design partner for the Portola lobby enhancements. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the designer for the 35,000-square foot entrance plaza and the $60 million conference space. Both the plaza and conference center are being constructed by the City of Monterey, through a long-standing private/public partnership with Portola.
“We’ve taken cues from the modern aesthetic tone set by the adjacent conference-center renovation, but have also set the hotel apart by creating a resort-like atmosphere and a strong sense of place consistent with Hotel’s setting adjacent to Monterey Bay,” added Puccini’s Chief Creative Officer, Rob Polacek. “The coastal Monterey landscape, wildlife and local artist community had a tremendous influence on our design and materials palette.”
These improvements include cutting-edge energy and water conservation fixtures, reinforcing the Portola’s commitment to green practices and its U.S. Building Council’s LEED® Certified Status. The project is scheduled for completion in April, 2017. During the renovation process, Portola will remain open for business.