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The hotel is already busy, so the company's priority isn't necessarily to boost overnight stays. It wants the hotel -- and its restaurants and lounges -- to be a destination for travelers and locals alike, a center in a city lacking a downtown, Grippo said. Every room will be renovated with pops of color and more seamless technological features, including device plug-ins. Glass sliding doors will replace shower curtains to create a feeling of more space. Work is to start within the next 90 days.
The convention center meeting space, restaurant, lounge and outdoor space also will get a new look. Renovations will happen in phases so the hotel can remain open. The upgrades should be complete by this time next year, Grippo said.
Grippo said the timing was right, with its two other hotel properties in Newport Beach -- the
Jewelry Exchange, a diamond importer and jewelry seller in Tustin, bought the Gold-Stone quartz mine in the Twentynine Palms area of San Bernardino County for an undisclosed amount. Gold sometimes occurs in quartz veins.
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