FINALLY! CM Mike's least favorite resort is going in for rehab. (Then again his favorite is the Swan\Dolphin so I don't know whether to trust his awful architectural taste.)
No more Pastel Hell! Looking at that picture, the room actually is Contemporary!
Up until now, the Contemporary has always been my second choice because of the loud colors, the horribly dated south (Is that right) atrium with the shops, the horribly cluttered north atrium trying to pack 3 restaurants into a space that could happily hold one (without all the signage, divisions and roofs, rather a restaurant that is open plan and is designed to make full use of a atrium 10 stories high), the lobby turns you right off as soon as you get out of the car in the Porte Cochere (look at the Animal Kingdom lodge to see how to do a lobby), the Wings are just plain awful and the landscaping department needs to be fired quick!
The resort is a hard one to work with, and the concrete facade is never going to be fixed, but that does not mean it cant be a great, stylish contemporary hotel. It should stop trying to be hip on the interior and just be cool and modern.
The future is not pastels with steel highlights. They also have gone to far with the wave shapes (waves are OK when used lightly for visual contrast rather than on everything. I prefer squared off geometric shapes.
This renovation could boost it to the number 1 spot if done correctly and judging by the pic from the Demo room, it is.
I'm very pleased and have high hopes. This is the only hotel in the world that has a monorail straight through the center and it's already off to a good start, all it needs is a major cosmetic re-think and it could be the best.