Category Archives: Hotel Renovations

Former Hospital Transformed Into Hotel

After a $21 million renovation, a former psychiatric and rail-yard hospital has been transformed into a posh downtown hotel.

During an economic downturn, developers hope that the Hotel Parq Central can give an economic boost to the East Downtown District.

The hotel is in a historic building. The structure once housed the old Santa Fe Rail Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Memorial Hospital was a psychiatric hospital for children.

There are several rumors about ghosts roaming the halls, but developers said nothing unusual has been reported in the remodeled space.

Restaurants, shops, hair salons and housing developments are popping up around the East Downtown District.

The remodeling created 200 jobs, and the hotel currently employs 52 people. The hotel hopes to be an anchor for the community by encouraging nearby development.

The Hotel Parq Central has been open for about five weeks, but the official grand opening will be held this weekend.

Pritzker's Carmel Valley Ranch gets $35 million facelift

Carmel Valley Ranch, a golf and tennis resort tucked into the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains,  has received a $35-million face-lift.

The resort, which stretches across nearly 500 acres in Carmel Valley, was purchased in 2009 by John Pritzker, the founding partner of San Francisco-based Geolo Capital and son of the late billionaire Hyatt Hotels founder Jay Pritzker. John Pritzker estimated last year that the renovation would cost $25 million.

In its reincarnation, the property has been expanded to include a spa, two resort pools with adjacent outdoor dining and fire pits, and the refurbishment of the 139 guest suites. The 18-hole Pete Dye-designed golf course has been upgraded.

Improvements include the addition of an area called River Ranch, described as “a playground for adults and kids,” which has a Junior Olympic-size pool, a splash zone for kids, boccie courts, playground and a 5,200-square-foot fitness center.