Scroll down for a photo gallery showing the recently refurbished Elbow Beach Hotel, which since partially closing on November 30th, 2009 has undergone a $5.5 million upgrade.
The 102-year-old hotel now features 98 luxury cottage rooms and suites with a new range of facilities. The suites and rooms have been enhanced with the addition of advanced in-room entertainment systems with 200 channels of complimentary hi-definition television and music programming, iPod docking stations, personal espresso machines, upgraded bathroom facilities, new beds, bedding, artwork and more. The rooms, in season, cost $715 a night.
General Manager Frank Stocek said:
We have shifted our business model to ensure Elbow Beach meets the demands of today’s tourism market. Bermuda is regarded as an upscale island paradise, which means our new positioning is in keeping with the type of vacation visitors expect on the island – personalised, customised service that is the hallmark of a small property.
As we enter a new chapter in the history of Elbow Beach, we are committed to delighting our guests with the finest hospitality our island has to offer and look forward to providing the next level of luxury accommodation in Bermuda, in Mandarin Oriental style.
Other area of the property have been ungraded, including has the roads repaved, new exterior lantern lighting added, new carpeting and furnishings throughout the main hotel, a modernised reception area, a new recreation lounge with complimentary refreshment station, newly renovated business centre and gift shop, upgraded fitness room and new day-use suites. In addition the entire property is WiFi accessible.
The dining and entertainment options at Elbow Beach have been restyled to reflect the repositioning of the resort. Lido, the resort’s premier dining experience, now offers breakfast each morning and gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in the evening. A new Executive Chef with extensive experience at five-star luxury resorts around the world, Guido Brambilla, has been appointed at Lido, along with a number of new kitchen staff. The DEEP Lounge and Nightclub have been revamped as a sophisticated bar in which to enjoy live entertainment.
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The closure of the main hotel section of Elbow Beach was officially announced in October 2009, although it had been widely rumoured amongst locals prior. The closure reduced the number of rooms from 235 to 98, and resulted in the loss of approximately 160 jobs [50% of their workforce].
General Manager Mr. Stocek had stated the current economic climate factored into the owner’s decision to hold off on its master development plan for the 102-year-old resort and instead focus on a smaller upgrade. There are no plans to develop the main hotel in the near future.
Established in 1908, Elbow Beach is a Mandarin Oriental managed property, and sits on 50 acres in Paget. The hotel is owned by Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a prominent member of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family.
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