Bahamas hotel renovations near completion
Bevan Springer | 9/12/2013, 4:42 p.m.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (Sept. 12)—With a sweeping, multimillion-dollar renovation of Comfort Suites Paradise Island nearing completion, anticipation is building, and the hotel is already getting high marks from its travel partners and guests alike.
The hotel’s most comprehensive refurbishment since its opening is generating positive feedback, with the majority of the 232 Junior Suites already complete. The renovation features new bedding, lush sofa beds, elegant draperies, lamps, notable artwork and plush area rugs installed in the bedrooms, while guest bathrooms received new granite countertops and soft mirror lighting.
Further enhancements throughout the hotel include meeting room refurbishments. The hotel’s three meeting rooms, the Hummingbird, Flamingo and Pelican rooms, have been upgraded in appearance and functionality, which include carpets, lighting as well as state-of-the-art meeting and banquet equipment. A new Business Center has been added, along with an on-property sales office, set up to provide high-level service to local corporate meetings and the group events markets.
The hotel’s restaurant, Crusoe’s, where the Comfort Suites’ signature complimentary hot breakfast buffet is offered daily, now features new tables, chairs and dark wood buffet cabinets with granite countertops. The pool patio deck, including the popular wedding gazebo, has undergone a substantial refurbishment and lighting enhancement. The hotel landscape also received careful touches to echo the lush, tropical atmosphere of the Bahamas. A repaved parking lot, new wheelchair ramp on the property’s west end, a new roof and new state-of-the-art fire alarm system are some of the additional completed elements of the project.
“We are very proud of the great feedback guests have always given us about our hotel,” said William Naughton, founder of Comfort Suites Paradise Island. “We have very loyal guests, so customer input is extremely valuable to us, and we considered it every step of the way in how we took on this massive refresh.”
The refresh went beyond just the bricks and mortar of the physical property and straight to the heart of the hotel—its staff. Employees benefited from training courses developed in conjunction with Atlantis University. Each of the more than 110 employees at Comfort Suites Paradise Island has now completed courses in various disciplines in the comprehensive training program.
“The Comfort Suites Paradise Island employees are already well-recognized for their outstanding service, but we believe in the power of continual improvement,” said Earle Bethell, the new general manager. “The renovations and extensive training program have given the staff a renewed sense of purpose and pride in welcoming our guests each day.”
Located adjacent to the Atlantis Paradise Island, guests of Comfort Suites Paradise Island enjoy full use of all the Atlantis facilities, including its swimming pools, private beach, casino, magnificent waterscapes, Lazy River Ride, water slides, health spa, tennis and Kids Camp. Guests also have full signing privileges at the Atlantis restaurants and lounges.