The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s three new meeting and event spaces evoke the resort’s seaside location.
With 34,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in two separate buildings, The Naples (Fla.) Beach Hotel & Golf Club has a robust meeting and event business. However, years ago, most of the property’s meeting space was located in the clubhouse, while the resort building across the street lacked quality event space.
To create more varied meeting options, management came up with a plan to add event space to the resort building that included The Everglades Room, a 5,000-sq. ft. meeting and reception room, and two adjacent, smaller meeting rooms named Gulfbreeze North and Gulfbreeze South. The Gulfbreeze rooms are just over 1,000 sq. ft. each and can be used separately (with the help of a moveable wall), together, or as prefunction spaces for events in The Everglades Room.
|The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Architect/Landscape architect: Dan Summers, BSSW Architects Inc.; Ellin Goetz, Goetz+Stropes Landscape Architects Inc.
The resort underwent a major renovation to transform its existing Everglades dining room into a state-of-the-art, premier meeting and event space.
“The Everglades dining room was an old room that had been there since the 1950s, and we used it for breakfast service at the resort,” says Jason Parsons, General Manager. “It was an incredible space, but it needed to be updated.”
To update and transform the area into a meeting and event room, the project started by removing internal columns to create an airy, versatile space that could be set up for everything from corporate retreats and meetings to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. One of the biggest changes within The Everglades Room was replacing the existing flat roof with a pitched ceiling adorned with a distinctive beige-and-white fabric that created an upscale, beach-cabana style.
With the Gulf of Mexico located just steps away from the beachside meeting spaces, the scenic surroundings played a strong role in the decorative theme of the new meeting rooms. All three rooms boast a nature-inspired color scheme of sandy beiges, crisp coastal whites and ocean blues, along with historic artwork of the Everglades on the walls.
Additionally, each of the three rooms offers sprawling panoramic windows that overlook the Gulf of Mexico. Oval mirrors hang throughout The Everglades Room to play up the view and capture the natural light reflecting off the water. The windows in the Gulfbreeze rooms are framed by exterior shutters that emphasize the coastal style of the property.
Along with highlighting the natural light within these rooms, the resort focused heavily on properly lighting the spaces. “Lighting is one of the most important elements whenever you do event and meeting space,” says Parsons. LED lighting was used in all three rooms and cove lighting was used around the perimeter of The Everglades Room, to set the mood and accentuate the dramatic shape of the space.
The Everglades Room also features artichoke pendant fixtures by Louis Poulsen, which were originally designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Copenhagen.
“The PH Artichoke has a world-famous, unique sculptural aesthetic that is viewed internationally as an iconic design,” says Parsons. “The fixture displays 72 leaves, positioned to provide totally glare-free light from any angle.”
The resort also focused on creating technologically advanced spaces to accommodate guests. The walls and ceiling of the rooms contain soundproofing materials, and each room has A/V systems designed with flexibility. “We basically have the ability to do whatever we want in these rooms,” says Parsons.