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.