The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa recently put the finishing touches on the final phase of a multi-year renovation totaling nearly $11 million.
Last week, the resort north of Albuquerque announced that it had completed a $3.3 million effort to renovate 12 indoor meeting spaces, adding new LED lighting and audio-visual equipment, in addition to new glass, doors, carpet and wall coverings.
The updates mark the third and final phase of a larger $10.8 million renovation designed to modernize the overall look and feel of the resort, while highlighting its unique collection of tribal art and the natural beauty of its setting north of Albuquerque.
“It really became evident that there were some really beautiful art and cultural elements that didn’t have a chance to shine,” said Doug Detiveaux, senior designer for Gensler, the architect guiding the renovation.
Tamaya opened in 2001 on a 500-acre parcel in Santa Ana Pueblo, and Detiveaux noted that many of the design elements, including the carpets, hadn’t been meaningfully changed since the resort opened. Inga Zunte, project manager for Gensler, said the resort’s design didn’t make the most of its collection of Native American artifacts, or its views of the Sandia Mountains.
After Gensler came on board during the summer of 2016, the design firm set out to remake the resort’s public-facing spaces. Detiveaux said the designers found a more prominent place for Tamaya’s art collection, between the lobby and the elevators near the front of the resort.
“It’s really what the guest experiences first when they enter the hotel,” he said.
The renovation also included a new paint job, a neutral look that Zunte said is designed to better highlight the art and other eye-catching design elements. Detiveaux said the resort is still waiting to install some of the art, but said it will be in place by June.
Separately, the resort renovated its 350 guest rooms in 2017, giving them a new paint job and updating the carpet, bedding and furniture.
Most recently, Gensler turned its attention to Tamaya’s meeting spaces. Zunte said the resort wanted to emphasize views of the mountains in the conference rooms, which they accomplished by incorporating earth-tone colors in the rooms and improving the windows to let in more sunlight and better take advantage of the rooms’ location.
“This property is very much situated in its landscape,” Zunte said.