Kelowna landmark gets grand renovation

Kelowna's Delta Grand is shaking off the old and embracing upscale living.

One of Kelowna’s landmarks is shaking off the old and returning to its grand roots.

The first phase of a massive upgrade at the  Delta Grand Hotel was finished this week, bringing modern styling to the 110 rooms in the north tower.

“We started four months ago, and it’s a full scale renovation,” said hotel general manager Daniel Bibby, Tuesday morning while showing one of suites upgraded by locally based Edgecombe builders.

“We had rooms literally down to the drywall.”

It was a time for a razing. Twenty years since the Grand’s grand opening, the hotel’s rooms and suites had faded into a dusty rose homage to the ’90s—not quite the lush standard set when doors first opened.

With the understanding that Kelowna “evolved into a culinary mecca” in the intervening years, Bibby said the tower underwent a full concept change. It now reflects both the region and the type of travellers that are drawn to the Okanagan.

That same concept change will roll through the south tower, the lobby and all the eateries and restaurants in the hotel by year’s end, amounting to a cost of $12 million.

In the area that’s already complete, however, the concept translates to an aesthetic with richer, more natural colour schemes, underscored by sleek furnishings.

“We have the Okanagan merlot colour scheme, Okanagan sunset and there’s also a green and blue one that reflects the lakes in the Okanagan,” said Bibby.

The art on the walls is simple, but also pulls from local landscapes.

In the Okanagan merlot suite, for example, the wall art is a three-part photo of dew on a cluster of wine grapes.

While it’s hard not to get stuck on the style improvements, another noteworthy change is how rooms now  reflect the needs of a more tech savvy traveller.

Each one is fit with a SmartDesk, which is a a fully wired, multi purpose area that provides guests with a clutter free space.

Visitors can hook up everything from DVD players to laptops at the desk, and each bedroom is stocked with an iPod dock, while a strong current of wifi runs through the whole building—ensuring no guest is left unconnected.

For those more pampering oriented, the Delta has also ramped up the quality of its toiletries, getting exclusive rights to Philosophy products.

All in all, Bibby said he hopes the upgrades will solidity the hotel’s position as the premier waterfront resort and conference centre in the Interior.

“Coupled with our newly renovated conference centre, we are now well positioned to serve guests and conveners seeking a wide range of business or leisure travel options,” he said.

The upgrade to the Kelowna hotel coincides with 10 other of the Delta’s 46 B.C. properties.