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 Thompson Hotels Takes Over the Management of the
23-room Gaige House, Glen Ellen, California
New York, NY (August 7, 2006) - - Thompson Hotels, the company behind runaway urban hotel successes 60 Thompson in New York and the Hollywood Roosevelt in Hollywood, California, has announced that they will extend their popular lifestyle experience to California’s Sonoma/Napa wine region when they take over the management of the 23-room boutique Gaige House, one of Sonoma’s best-kept secrets.  

Stephen Brandman, partner in Thompson Hotels said, “Gaige House is a perfect complement to our hotels in New York and Los Angeles as these cities are key feeder markets to Sonoma/Napa wine country.  Each hotel has a unique personality and contribute to a total Thompson experience.” 

Originally built in 1890, Gaige House (13540 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, California) is located on the edge of the Calabazas Creek in the rustic town of Glen Ellen, just 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and moments from the best wineries, restaurants and hiking trails in Sonoma and Napa Valley.  The property sits on three acres of manicured lawns and an array of gardens. The property was renovated and expanded in 2005 by renowned designer Paul Davis, who transformed the historic interior into the elegant hotel it is today.  The expansion included the addition of eight 600-square foot ultra-modern Luxury Suites, each featuring luxurious bedding, large soaking tubs, dual showers, fireplaces, private Japanese rock gardens, patios and in-suite spa services, featuring Sundari products.  Treatments are also available in the hotel’s new spa room, which features an indoor and outdoor couples’ massage area.  

Gaige House has been consistently ranked as one of the top hotels in the Sonoma/Napa region.  From 1998 to 2006, the Frommer's Portable California Guide has named the property “One of Five” of "The Best Luxury Hotels and Inns".  The 2005 Zagat Survey of “Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas” also rated it the “Number One Small Hotel in the California Wine Country”, describing the gourmet three-course breakfast prepared by Chef Charles Holmes, as "orgasmic” and his breakfasts “venture so far from the common that most feel "it alone is worth the stay."   Holmes, who has worked with some of the Bay Area’s finest chefs, including Gary Danko, emphasizes fresh, locally grown ingredients in cooking.  

This recent announcement brings the Thompson Hotels portfolio to eight properties including 60 Thompson in SoHo, NY, and Hollywood Roosevelt in Hollywood, CA.  In October 2006, the company will open Thompson Beverly Hills, CA and 6 Columbus at Columbus Circle in New York City.  Two other properties are under construction in New York and include Thompson Lower East Side (Aug. 2007) and Thompson Tribeca (Feb. 2008).  Additionally, in October 2007, Thompson will be opening a hotel in Washington, DC.


 Melanie Brandman
(212) 683-2442 

Also See: Thompson Hotels and Its Equity Arm the Pomeranc Group, Opening Second Hotel in Los Angeles - the 110-room Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills / August 2005
Stephen Brandman Named General Manager of Pomeranc Group's 60 Thompson Hotel / October 2001


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