Hacienda Hotel features 40 unique rooms and a lush courtyard anchored by the property's original fountain from the 1920s.
Hacienda Hotel, one of Florida's most legendary pink hotels that once hosted Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson, is set for another chapter in its storied history. This month marks the official reopening of the 40-room property in New Port Richey, Florida, that was brought back to its former glory after a multimillion-dollar renovation led by hotelier Jim Gunderson.
"The Hacienda was opened as a hotel, and it was always meant to be a hotel. After decades of neglect, we knew this pink, crown jewel of New Port Richey needed to be saved. After a multi-year restoration, we are finally reopening the doors to welcome guests again," Gunderson told Travel + Leisure.
The hotel first opened in 1927 just off the Gulf Coast of Mexico as one of Florida's original pink hotels and instantly became a Jazz Age fixture and a favorite among celebrities. Gunderson drew inspiration from the property's glamorous past but updated it for the needs of modern travelers. For example, the spacious lobby features original chandeliers and a restored fireplace but is complemented by contemporary seating and bookshelves. Antiques and vintage photos of downtown New Port Richey from the 1920s and 1930s line the walls of the halls and will transport guests back in time.
“When creating a plan for decorating the Hacienda, it was important to me to make sure that we honored the history of the hotel while still making sure it was welcoming and warm for our guests," Gunderson said. "The color scheme is light, bright, and very Florida with a Mediterranean twist, much like the architecture of the Hacienda.”
The guest rooms and King Suite are decorated with classic Spanish-Floridian elegance in mind, and feature seating areas and beautiful bathrooms with brass accents. The hotel's second floor also has two balconies with rocking chairs from which guests can enjoy views of New Port Richey and the hotel's courtyard.
Sip on a handcrafted drink at the reclaimed-wood bar, and when you work up an appetite, head to the Hacienda's signature restaurant, Sasha's on the Park, serving Mediterranean fare curated by executive chef Tim Morrison.
"At the Hacienda, meals and moments are meant to be savored. We want every guest who enters Sasha's to enjoy a truly satisfying and unique dining experience in a historic setting," Morrison said in a statement released to T+L.
A private dining room for up to 25 is available for celebrating special occasions, while business travelers can take advantage of the board room that accommodates up to eight people.
Nightly rates at Hacienda Hotel start at $129, and you can book your stay here.