• Whitney Peak Hotel Reveals Renovation

     
    POSTED August 30, 2016
     

The Whitney Peak Hotel is ringing in their incredibly successful first two years of operation with a newly-completed renovation. In order to meet the growing demand for meeting space in a non-smoking, non-gaming environment the Whitney Peak Hotel’s renovation has more than doubled the hotel’s meeting capacity.

“In the two years since we have opened, we have welcomed more than 100,000 guests to our unique property,” said Niki Gross, managing director. “With our expansion last year – doubling the number of guest rooms to 310 – we can better accommodate larger groups. Now we have the expansive meeting space to match, and we look forward to delivering a one-of-a-kind, world-class event experience for both visitors and the local community.”

Miles Construction, the general contractor for the hotel’s renovation project, has been their contractor on all phases of the hotel’s development.

“This project has been a fulfilling one for us at Miles because we are helping to change the face of downtown Reno,” Cary Richardson, vice president of business operations for Miles Construction said. “With these renovations completed, it really makes the hotel a premier location for events and meetings in Reno, which we hope will attract new business and help build the overall economy of our region.”

The project, which encompasses the entire third floor, has resulted in nearly 12,000 square feet of new event and meeting space. Ten air walls allow the space to be subdivided up to eight separate areas, room sizes vary from 350 square feet to a ballroom just under 5,000 square feet. Making it adaptable for a range of meetings and events.

The meeting space has a lighting control system run from touch-screen key pads, the first of its kind in Northern Nevada. Each key pad has the ability to control the entire space when the doors are open, or each room individually when sectioned off. The space also features custom-printed distressed brick wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, lighting fixtures utilizing Edison light bulbs, and a one-piece, Cypress tree coss-section that is now the check-in desk countertop.

The hotel’s expansion was unveiled in conjunction with their second anniversary celebration in July. This new space, and Whitney Peak’s unique amenities, have elevated its profile and helped it maintain strong occupancy numbers.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.