The lobby of Hotel Lucia hasn’t been renovated since 2002, but the clean lines convince you that the pictures were hung on the wall last week.
Even so, the Broadway boutique hotel has announced that it has completed a floor-to-ceiling, $2.3 million renovation of its 127 rooms. Soon, an updated fitness center will be available for guests, followed by a new lobby. The remodel, which includes new carpet, drapes, lighting, and furniture, was three years in the making.
“It was very thoughtful. Nothing we do happens quickly,” says Hotel Lucia’s Regional General Manager Chris Bebo. “The last thing you want to do is put all the stuff in and find that the guests don’t respond to it.”
Over the last three years, guests were invited to stay in multiple versions of rooms and encouraged to share their feedback, which fed into the hotel's calculated and thoughtful transformation. Not enough plug ins? They added more. The shower head didn’t suit you? No worries, now they have $117 fixtures. Ice cream craving at 2:00 a.m.? Call the lobby and get some Salt & Straw.
The rooms are cozy but bright, thanks to a mild color palate and custom furniture. White walls open the space while chocolate brown and patterned warm yellow window treatments draw you back in. Even in the smallest rooms, the King-sized bed and wall-spanning rosewood headboard don’t make the space feel claustrophobic, they just make it look like super comfy nap time. Speaking of comfort, Hotel Lucia also has a pillow menu, so that a pillow in your desired firmness can be presented upon request. (For different kind of comfort, the "spiritual menu" lets you call up a holy book of your choosing.)
In anticipation of guests’ wireless needs, the hotel now has a fiber optic network to prevent sketchy internet connections from being an issue. Each room also has charging ports for devices, Bluetooth clock radios, and 40"+ HDTVs.
Still, some of the old décor remains, including the largest collection of David Hume Kennerly photographs that lines the halls of each floor.
“It’s a sense of discovery everywhere you go,” said Bebo. “It happens before you even enter a room.”