|Travel Agent's room at Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda|
Travel Agent is on site at Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda and had the opportunity to sit down with Ed Burns, the owner's representative of the property, and learned of the hotel's plans to add 35 new rooms that are expected to be the property's new highest room category./p>
There are about 130 rooms in the main building of the hotel that have been closed off for some time, says Burns. There are 70 in the front of the building and 60 in the back. Burns says the plans call for wiping out the 60 in the back "because who wants to look at the back of a building" and then dividing the 70 rooms in the front into 35, which would create huge, 800-square-foot rooms overlooking the ocean.
"In my opinion, those will be the best rooms on the resort," says Burns.
Rehanna Palumbo, director of sales and marketing for the property, told Travel Agent that a model room could be ready by December. The rooms are expected to be fully complete by the second half of 2015.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, which managed the property until late March of this year, originally wanted to knock the building down, something that was not well received on the island given that it was the original building of the property built in 1908 and carried a lot of history.
"When I took over as the owner's representative and we announced that the building would remain intact, it was like New Year's Eve in Bermuda," says Burns.