Monday July 22nd, 2013 - 9:37AM
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY–The historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel has completed the first phase of renovation. The project, costing in excess of $10 million, included new lobby decor, major structural enhancements, the addition of an elevator, new business center and 43 renovated rooms, including four newly created suites in the west wing of the hotel.
Xanterra Park & Resorts’ Yellowstone National Park Lodges, operator of the hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, tours and activities in the park, has been working since the day the hotel closed for the summer season in 2012 to complete Phase I of a two-part renovation program that will ultimately affect every room in the 154-room hotel.
The first phase of the renovation was to give the hotel a lift to protect the building from seismic activities, which are a frequent event in the park. The hotel now includes a lobby with a fresh new look reminiscent of the Colonial Revival period. The heavy furniture sourced from U.S. companies in North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado is finished in light cherry.
With an emphasis on retaining the historic character of the hotel, the project included touches such as re-installation the original bellhop call box behind the new bell porter desk and restoration of the original windows.
On the second floor, directly above the restaurant and lounge are four newly created suites and the existing but renovated Presidential Suite, featuring a king bed and sofa sleeper. Each of the new suites has king or queen beds and a living room with a sofa sleeper and wet bar. Most also have a deep soaking tub in addition to a shower.