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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Statler Hotel – which operates in concert with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) on the Cornell campus – has completed a major renovation of its public spaces and 153 guest room bathrooms.
This project represents the second and final phase of the most ambitious upgrade since the hotel opened in 1989. Phase I was completed in 2010 and addressed guest room décor and amenities; for Phase II, the focus was common areas and guest room bathrooms.
For Phase II, the Statler engaged Richard McElhiney Architects and the New York Hospitality practice of HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm.
The team was charged with renovating the main corridors that serve each of the hotel’s seven floors, and with redesigning the bathrooms for each of the property’s guestrooms.
The overall goal: to create distinctive identities for both spaces reflective of the property’s traditions, but with a modern and elegant feel.
“It’s been my pleasure to see both phases of this comprehensive renovation through to completion,” said Rick Adie, Statler Hotel general manager.
“The Statler has always been both a renowned teaching hotel for the School of Hotel Administration and a highly regarded destination in its own right. Our updated accommodations allow us to continue offering our guests a truly exceptional experience, while giving SHA students the opportunity to develop their skills in a state-of-the-art facility.”
Led by Richard McElhiney as partner-in-charge, and Christina Hart, a Cornell alumna and HOK senior principal, hospitality interiors, the project took inspiration from Ithaca’s surrounding topography as well as the Ivy League institution’s distinguished history.
The intent was to transition visitors to guestrooms in a way that is both relaxing and tranquil but also complementary to the hotel’s other public areas. In homage to Cornell, the corridor wall coverings are accented with Cornell red, which also appears in the custom-designed carpet.
Guestroom baths were replaced with state-of-the-art glass showers with sliding doors on both sides. A custom-designed open vanity with ventilated shelf cabinet not only modernizes the space, but also provides ample storage. Lighting was enhanced with the addition of sconces as well as a fog-free mirror and LED magnifying mirror with nightlight. A sliding “barn door” not only gives the space a residential feel, but also creates more room.
Care was taken so that bathrooms seem designed in tandem with the existing bedrooms, imparting a sense of continuity and luxury.
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