Renovations at Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas near completion
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — On Friday, local artist Julia Dordoni touched up a mural as workers stocked the shelves inside the new Saddles Market convenience store, which is just one of the many new upgrades that will greet guests as the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas moves into the ski season.
“That property, even though it is new to us, we are really enjoying having it as part of our portfolio … this one in particular with all the refurbishment that had already been in motion and is now kind of wrapping up is really turned it into a fantastic property,” said Ed Kinney, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. “I think it’s just a great addition to what we have.”
Marriott Vacations Worldwide purchased ILG, which included the Sheraton and Westin brands, just over a year ago. At the time, the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas was in the middle of renovating 94,000 square feet of the hotel to turn 188 hotel rooms in the West Tower into 112 timeshare units. The property, including the newer tower, now has a total of 189 timeshare units.
“The renovations there started in 2016, and there’s like three phases that the property was going through,” Kinney said. “That’s not unusual, especially in a property like that, to spread it out over a longer window of time, so the work doesn’t displace any guests or minimize the vacation experience,” Kinney said. “The third phase started in April this year, and we were very involved with that.”
The Saddles Market, which will open in the next week, features a variety of local food and beverage items, including Altitude Snacks, Honey Stinger products, Sweetwood Smokehouse handcrafted meat sticks and beef jerky and coffee from Steamboat Coffee Roasters. The market will also feature a Starbucks coffee shop and a grill area that serves food items.
The final phase of construction also included modernizing the front desk area and creating a new integrated welcome space with fireplaces and spa areas. The Saddles Lounge, which reopened Friday, is expected to start serving a light bar menu in the future.
“It’s mostly dry goods, the grab-and-go stuff and the little necessities people need for their vacations,” Kinney said. “There will be wines, some merchandising gifts and then a food preparation area for the pizzas and other various little meals that they offer there.”
However, Kinney said Sevens Mountain Grill will not reopen. The property plans to utilize the space for special events.
“Restaurants are kind of expensive,” Kinney said. “Restaurants, for the most part, they become a burden on the homeowners association. … In our environment, we want people to go out and experience the local flavor of a destination more so than trying, like a hotel would want, to keep them in-house as much as possible.”
Instead, Kinney said it is common for properties managed by Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation to establish partnerships with local restaurants to provide those kinds of services.
Also gone is the Sheraton’s conference space, which has been repurposed for other uses.
“We’re a pure vacation property, so the need for conference, business space like that, which a traditional lodging property sees as beneficial, is no longer necessary,” Kinney said.
As Steamboat starts another ski season, it appears the Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas is closing a chapter.
“We’re just at the very tail end,” Kinney said. “I mean, there’s always ongoing things that are happening, but from a major renovation standpoint, we’re just wrapping up the last part of the third phase, which was our final phase.”
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