• Magnolia Hotel & Spa Unveils New Lobby for Spring

     
    POSTED April 30, 2017
     

Magnolia Hotel & Spa's lobby renovations are officially complete.

Victoria-based design Sandy Nygaard worked to bring a timeless design to create a classic yet contemporary space for guests. The design includes detailed drapery, carpet and furnishings.

“The lobby is our living room,” says Bill Lewis, general manager. “We want guests to feel at home here, whether reading by the fire, working on their laptops or sitting back to sip a tea or coffee. This makeover will make it even more inviting.”

Nygaard designed the carpet herself with a hand-drawn design featuring magnolia flowers and greens including greys and taupe. New light fixtures were added to provide a welcoming ambience for guests. Furniture was rearranged to create a more open feel.

A new feature to the lobby is a coffee bar open 24 hours a day providing a functional and sophisticated space.

The hotel’s bedrooms were refurbished in 2013; the hallways were renovated in 2016.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.