OAKLAND, Calif. April 7, 1998 - KSL Recreation, owners and operators of La Quinta Resort Club, PGA WEST(TM) and the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, has purchased, through a subsidiary, the Oakland/Berkeley Hills Claremont Resort Spa from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Family Foundation, Henry Feldman, vice president and general manager of the Claremont announced today.
The renowned Claremont Resort and Spa in the San Francisco Bay Area first began operation as a hotel in 1915. Owned by the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Family Foundation, the property has undergone numerous renovations and improvements over the past 10 years, including 40 new guest rooms and the addition of a state-of-the-art spa and fitness facility. The Foundation will use the proceeds of the sale to continue to fund its designated charities.
"We are very pleased that an organization with such a fine reputation as KSL will continue The Claremont's commitment to superior guest service," said Feldman. Scott Dalecio, a Bay Area native and life-long California resident, will become president of KSL Claremont Resort.
"The Claremont is a legend to those of us who grew up in the area and have come to know and respect the history and tradition behind this unique resort," Dalecio said. "KSL is extremely proud to have The Claremont join its distinctive group of resort properties."
"As has been the case with each of our properties, KSL is committed to preserving the integrity and charm of this well-established resort," Dalecio said. "We fully intend to be good neighbors, active members of the community, as well as responsible stewards of The Claremont, which is a truly remarkable resort that should be enhanced for generations to come."
The celebrated 83-year-old Claremont Resort Spa is situated on 22 landscaped acres in the Oakland/Berkeley Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay. In 1989, the hotel opened The Claremont Spa, nationally recognized for its health club facilities and beauty services.
KSL Recreation is a La Quinta, California-based owner and operator of the La Quinta Resort Club, PGA WEST, The Doral Golf Resort and Club, in Miami, Florida; Lake Lanier Islands, a family resort near Atlanta, Georgia; and the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan -- home of the famed Bear Championship Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus. KSL Recreation also owns KSL Fairways, a Manassas, Virginia-based community golf course company which owns and operates 29 community golf courses located east of the Mississippi. The Claremont is a member of Preferred hotels, an association of over 100 of the world's finest independent luxury hotels and resorts. The sale is expected to close in April.