Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hotel Saranac Listed Among Historic Hotels of America

The Hotel Saranac, which first opened its doors in 1927, has been recognized by the Historic Hotels of America, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is one of 295 hotels listed.

In order to be recognized by Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be more than 50 years old and have “faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity.” The hotel is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 90-year-old hotel, located in the heart of downtown Saranac Lake, is currently being restored and is scheduled to open this summer. It was purchased by Roedel Companies in 2013 and, through a franchise agreement, is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. “Curio Collection by Hilton hotels are hand-picked for travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences at distinctively upscale and historical hotels,” according to an announcement sent to the press. “The Curio brand allows Hotel Saranac to be independent but also be tied to Hilton’s global reservation platform.”

“Hotel Saranac is an important part of the history of Saranac Lake and we wanted to make sure we restored this iconic hotel to its Gilded Age glory,” Fred Roedel III, CFO of Roedel Companies, said in the press release. “We’re honored that Hotel Saranac is being recognized by Historic Hotels of America.”

Photo of Hotel Saranac shortly after the refurbished sign was installed. Taken by Rob Johnson of Black Sky Films and donated by the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.

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Tracy Ormsbee is the publisher of the Adirondack Explorer. When she’s not working – and it’s not black fly season – you can find her outdoors hiking, running, paddle boarding or reading a book on an Adirondack chair somewhere.

One Response

  1. Tim-Brunswick says:

    These Folks have one heck of a long ways to go to restore both the architecture and the Hotel’s “former” great reputation for culinary excellence and a Family/Pet Friendly venue for travelers.

    We stayed there many years ago in the early 90’s with our Lab and enjoyed it immensely. We “almost” reserved rooms about 5 years ago and the reviews were so horrible we changed our plans. Now as I looked over their so-called “Pet Friendly” rules/regulations it would appear that if your Pooch is over 70#’s you cannot bring him/her.

    Apparently smaller dogs are more well behaved??…beats me, but even if they gain “Historic” status as far as we are concerned they are indeed “History”!

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