I was a recent guest at the Ritz Carlton Naples in Florida, a resort on the Gulf of Mexico that is not only the flagship for the brand, but perched on the Gulf of Mexico with views to die for. The property was hit hard by Hurricane Ian a year ago in September, but persevered through a renovation of all its rooms and the creation of a new Vanderbilt Tower – in just nine months. Ocean Home magazine online recently published a feature I wrote about it, and A+A is pleased to repost it here:
Naples, Florida is a 21st-century city bathed in bright white – from the sand on its snowy beaches to the walls of its sprawling strip malls and towering condominiums. But it’s home also to a golden-brown, 14-story-tall angel called the Ritz Carlton, Naples.
There was Elliott, the youngish concierge in the 4,000-square-foot Club Lounge, the nation’s largest. It’s on the ground floor of the brand-new Vanderbilt Tower, a 14-floor expansion overlooking a beach by the same name. Not only did Elliott pull together a charcuterie out of the club’s closed-at-3-P.M. buffet for me late Monday afternoon, he remembered my surname with the flash of a smile on Tuesday morning.
Alas, there was no flash that night. And as it turns out, these waters are not always as calm as I found them. Back on September 28, 2022 when Hurricane Ian roared into Naples, an 18-foot storm surge nearly breached the Ritz Carlton’s first floor. A renovation begun in early 2021 was delayed, and the hotel was closed. But it persevered, using the opportunity to expand renovations to guest rooms and back-of-house areas.
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