News for the Hospitality Executive
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania, December 21, 2012 ... The Inn at Pocono Manor has announced the completion of a $5 million renovation of the historic resort’s main lodge, which originally opened 110 years ago. Renovations included comprehensive new floor, wall and window treatments for the building’s large and original upper and lower lobbies, event and meeting rooms, the historic restaurant, the resort’s popular Lamplighter Lounge, and all 190 main lodge guestrooms. Lisa Green, general manager, made the announcement.
“I am so pleased to announce our renovation is complete, and we think quite successful,” said Ms. Green. “Our goal was to remain true to The Inn’s 110 year heritage of hospitality. A century ago, this was a resort where guests could get away from the city, reconnect with nature and their loved ones, and renew.” Green continued with, “We think we’ve restored that sense of nature and serenity, and now have a main lodge that complements this with comfort and beauty, and which is true to the period in which it opened.”
With the completion of the renovation program, the main lodge at The Inn at Pocono Manor has been aesthetically unified. Rich new furnishings and lighting fixtures that restore the character, luster and charm of the late Victorian Era are set against a color palette of soft green, blue and deep burgundy hues. Massive fieldstone fireplaces in both lobbies and in the restaurant were reopened after being closed off decades ago, once again welcoming guests with the warm glow of the hearth.
Probably the most dramatic space immerging from the renovation is the historic and vast dining room that was added to the lodge in the 1920s. During the renovation, original hardwood flooring was rediscovered and restored. Massive columns that define the room were transformed from monochromatic megaliths into brilliant gold sentries, welcoming guests and beckoning them into the breathtakingly beautiful space with glorious mountain views. As hotel dining rooms of that period were imposing by their size, the room was softened with yards and yards of rich fabric draperies drawn to each column to suggest space and yet intimacy. The room’s large stone fireplace was restored and reopened.
Multiple historic photographs telling the story of the Inn’s century of hospitality have been matted & framed, and placed in public areas of property as well as in guestrooms. “This is one of the most commented on aspects of the renovation,” continued Ms. Green. “Our guests are so enjoying seeing the resort’s history come alive through the photographs that have been incorporated into our new décor.”
To celebrate the completion of the renovation and to highlight the immense artistic talent in the Poconos, The Inn hosted an art competition recently, and the three winning artworks (‘Forest Pool’ by artist Earl Lehman of Jessup, PA, ‘Autumn Birches’ by artist Leon F. Viera of Clark Summit, PA and ‘Magniloquent’ by artist Lucille Norella of Waymart, PA) were purchased by the resort and installed in the main lodge.
The late Victorian interior design theme was carried through each of the main lodge’s 190 guestrooms and baths as well, utilizing dramatic new furniture beautifully milled and finished to suggest circa 1902. Guest baths were enhanced with period-style lighting fixtures and paver tile wall finishes typical of luxury bathrooms of the era. Rich new linens accessorize both the guestrooms and baths.
In keeping with the historically-focused year at The Inn at Pocono Manor, the property celebrated the Centennial of its East Course this past summer. The unique Classic Era course, with design contributions by both Donald Ross and William Flynn, is balanced by the resort’s West Course, which was designed by George Fazio as a modern complement to the East Course's classic-era routing and style.
For more information and photography of the comprehensive renovation program of the main lodge at The Inn at Pocono Manor, and for reservations, contact 800-233-8150 / 570-839-7111, or visit www.poconomanor.com.
About The Inn at Pocono Manor
The Inn at Pocono Resort blends a century of hospitality with the demands of 21st Century travelers. Lovingly referred to as the “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” and a National Registry of Historic Places property, The Inn at Pocono Manor opened in 1902 as a country retreat for Philadelphia Quakers. Today it is the oldest continuously running Resort in the Poconos and one of the oldest in North America.
The Inn’s main lodge and event space were comprehensively renovated in 2011, restoring turn-of-the-last century charm to the historic facilities and integrating state-of-the-art technology expected by today’s travelers. The all-season resort boasts 237 beautiful guestrooms, and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. The Exchange at Pocono Manor restaurant features superb dining with an eclectic flair. The Old Lamplighter Lounge serves specialty beverages and pub fare throughout the day.
Complete recreational amenities are available at The Inn at Pocono Manor, including signature golf, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the luxurious Laurel Spa, fishing, clay shooting, cross country skiing, and more. Striking views of the Pocono Mountains are visible from all sides of the resort’s main building. Complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout. The Inn at Pocono Manor features two 18-hole signature golf courses, including the East Course dating to 1912, with its first nine holes designed by Donald Ross and second nine by William Flynn, and has been host to golf legends like Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jerry Barber. In 1959, the West Course opened its first nine designed by George Fazio. Throughout the years it has remained a favorite with long ball hitters.
A destination within the Poconos for over a century, the 3000-acre Inn at Pocono Manor is minutes away from Crossings Premium Outlets, Camelbeach Water Park, Camelback Ski Mountain, and the Mt. Airy Casino. The AAA three diamond-rated Resort is within two hours of New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. www.poconomanor.com
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