EVAN HUGHES on how it feels to be selected as Virgin Galactic’s preferred hotel for future Spaceport astronauts
The folks at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in southern New Mexico have been busy lately. Well, wouldn’t you be if you had been named a “space hotel” where future astronauts would reside before taking to the sky and beyond?
Facelift Before Liftoff
A series of renovations and improvements— including private VIP areas, customized room-service menus and concierge services, and upgraded rooms and suites—are in progress as Hotel Encanto prepares for Spaceport America astronauts, part of Virgin Galactic’s ambitious plan to take passengers into space. To date, Virgin Galactic has more than 500 reservations by future astronauts, totaling more than $70 million in deposits. (To learn more about the exciting Virgin Galactic program, turn to “New Heights,” page 12.) Rooms and suites are being remodeled by designer Adriana Long with marble bathrooms, custom-built cabinetry, and artisanal furniture. “The new guest room design reflects the culturally rich style of the hotel along with an adventurous and contemporary attitude,” Long has noted. “The design will be timeless and luxurious.”
Renovations in anticipation of Spaceport America are not limited to the hotel’s interior. Hotel Encanto’s already-impressive exterior is experiencing upgrades as well, such as additional poolside terrace rooms and outdoor spaces thanks to Greg Trutza, an award-winning landscape artchitect. Guests will have access to more than 2,500 square feet of gardens, patios, terraces, balconis, fire pits, and fountains.
“Future astronauts will come from around the world to New Mexico, so it’s important that they experience the outstanding local offerings and character as part of their experience,” says Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. “By partnering with Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, we further our vision of investing in the local New Mexico community while we define the Virgin Galactic Astronaut experience.”
Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a collectionof culturally distinct hotels and the largest independent hotel chain in New Mexico. To learn more about Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and other Heritage Hotels & Resorts, visit hhandr.com.