Renovations complete: Marco Hilton reopens to guests

Will Watts

Following an expansive $60 million renovation, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa, is open for business. Owner and operator, Olshan Properties, has begun confirming bookings in their fully renovated rooms and suites.

The Hilton has been closed since June 2017 in the wake of an electrical fire and subsequent water damage.

File: The pool deck at the Marco Hilton.

The resort has been completely reimagined from the first glimpse, with its dramatic new lobby with floor to ceiling windows that showcase its sweeping vistas over the Gulf of Mexico. The guest rooms were originally scheduled to be redone in 2018, so ownership made the decision, with the hotel already closed to guests, to go ahead and do all of the renovations at once.

“This property has to be, not just renovated, but completely redefined,” Hilton General Manager Steven Falciani said. “The owners are putting a lot into it – $40 million.” During the work, all interior partitions on guest room floors were removed, water pipes and electric lines removed and replaced, and an entire new look put into place.”

Reopening a hotel that has been closed for over a year is a challenge, trying to match staffing levels and procurement to a guest base that will not return all at once.

“It’s tricky – this is really a new opening,” said Falciani. The hotel held a “hiring event” on Aug. 16, and another Sept. 6. By January, said Falciani, they need to hire approximately 250 employees.

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa located on 10.5 oceanfront acres of the world-class, white sandy beaches of Marco Island overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Olshan Properties is a privately owned real estate firm specialized in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of commercial real estate.

Additional reporting by Lance Shearer.