Navy Proof Food and Spirits, which was part of a $23-million renovation, was recently unveiled at the 469-room Westin Long Beach. Along with the luxurious dining option, modernized guestrooms and a lobby refresh now grace the Southern California hotspot, along with Bluestone Lane, an Australian-inspired café featuring premium coffee beverages.
The renovations were mostly done towards the guest rooms with new beds, new furnishings such as wallpaper, redone hallways and adding local residential pieces. A re-work was also done to the three-story lobby.
“The lobby has gone through such an amazing transformation,” says John Thompson, managing director of Westin Long Beach. “This lobby brings in a lot of the natural California light. When you walk into the space now, it feels so fresh and light and a part of the coastline.”
Guests will see a nod to the California coastline in multiple areas around the hotel, from the art pieces and vintage Long Beach photos to the three-story plant wall in the lobby.
The Long Beach area has seen a lot more planners and guests come to stay in the beach town, with options like the Long Beach Convention Center only a walk away from Westin Long Beach.
“When you think about a meeting campus we have in Long Beach, there are five or six hotels that are right around the convention center,” says Thompson. “A meeting planner can very easily use two or three hotels and give their attendees an awesome walkable area that you can't get in a larger city.”
Navy Proof Food and Spirits was concepted by Howe and Brown. Executive Chef Chris Garasic, formerly at The Malibu Farms, leads a new-fare American cuisine program that represents the Californian coastline with fresh seasonal ingredients and locally sourced seafood and meat.
In the large lobby is the approachable cocktail bar and even an island, where Navy Proof chops their own ice, so it is crystal clear and earns the recognition of “ghost ice.”
“We can include meetings planner's logos onto the ice,” says Garasic. “We can carve it into diamonds, block shapes or any shapes really. It’s really cool to watch them carve ice with a big blade and a hammer.”
Steve Nydell leads the world-class bartender driven program with a staff of creative bartenders that can bring a refresh to your guests favorite classic cocktails.