GLENS FALLS — Officials at The Queensbury Hotel are looking forward to taking a pause in construction this summer, now that nearly every aspect of the hotel has been touched following Ed Moore’s purchase of the business in 2016.
“Our goal right now is to finish off, hopefully by July, everything that was existing when Mr. Moore purchased the hotel and then take a slight reprieve for a little bit and then start planning the new expansion of the ballroom and hopefully one day the rooftop bar,” said General Manager Tyler Herrick last week during a tour of the hotel.
Herrick said the group has been working to restore the hotel’s 1920s look, as it has done in the lobby. Among the changes made during 2018 were a renovation of the back portion of the building near the pool and the Adirondack Ballroom.
“It was kind of the last piece of the main floor that hadn’t been renovated,” Herrick said.
A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has been installed in the back section of the building. The wider hallway outside the Adirondack Ballroom makes it possible for people to hold events there, such as a cocktail hour before a main event in the ballroom or a coffee and tea outside a meeting.
The bathrooms were enlarged near the Adirondack Room ballroom. These changes anticipate a 4,0000-square-foot addition to the ballroom, to accommodate 400 people.
Herrick said he hopes to tackle that project in the second or third quarter of 2020.
All of the rooms on the fifth and fourth floors have been renovated with new floors, wall coverings, furniture and bathrooms. Crews are about one-third of the way through the third floor and working their way down, with about 35 rooms left to renovate out of 120 in the hotel.
As the work was being done, crews found the original mahogany doors underneath the paint. They are being taken off-site to be restored and re-stained.
Herrick said he is thinking about renovating some of the other hotel rooms on the second floor into offices, meeting rooms or gathering spaces.
The hotel has been kept open throughout the process.
The work should be done early this summer, he said.
The Park 26 restaurant also got a facelift about two years after being rebranded.
“It was still lacking a lot of character and ambiance,” Herrick said.
The carpeting was removed and replaced with new flooring, and new chandeliers, lights and chairs were put in. Herrick hopes the community will patronize the restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch every day and for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
In the spring, hotel officials plan a refurbishment of Fenimore’s, the bar, with new décor and lighting.
In the next few months, they will redo the check-in desk to remove the paneling and expose the limestone underneath and restore the open-air look above the desk. An area to the side of the front desk that once was home to a humidor, Herrick hopes to turn into a place to sell sundries. Redoing the elevator cabs is also on the to-do list.
Herrick did not disclose the cost of the renovations, but in January 2018 he told a meeting of the Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency that hotel officials anticipated the amount of money spent including the cost of the property and the renovations would be about $6.5 million.
Business is good, he reported, with the hotel at 90 percent occupancy during the holiday season. The number of wedding bookings is increasing and could increase further when the ballroom is expanded, he said.
Conference bookings have also improved.
“We finished 2018 up 20 percent in groups and catering compared to prior years,” he said.
The New York State Psychologists Association will hold a two-day conference at the hotel in June. The group will be taking 70 rooms, according to Herrick.
“Those types of groups are, I think, looking at us now, whereas maybe in the past, perhaps because of our facility, they weren’t,” he said.