News for the Hospitality Executive
(LOS ANGELES, CA; February 8, 2013) — Sierra Nevada Lodge is pleased to announce the official re-opening of the resort on February 1, 2013, after an extensive three-year multi-million dollar renovation that includes improvements to the key guest accommodations, activity facilities and infrastructure of the resort.
“We are thrilled to reopen the Sierra Nevada Lodge,” said Jim Demetriades, owner of Sierra Nevada Lodge. “We assembled a talented team to create this beautiful place and we are excited to open our doors and welcome locals and guests to our mountain home.”
As part of the refurbishment, six chalets and 15 fireplace suites were newly constructed, each exemplifying the lodge’s vision of a cozy and inviting resort. Located adjacent to the Sierra Nevada Lodge, each chalet, a spacious, bi-level townhouse, features fresh mountain air, and views of Mammoth and the surrounding village. Luxe details of the fireplace suites include a gas stone fireplace, resort-style kitchen complete with granite countertops, and sleek new bathrooms featuring large hand-hewed sink counters, waterfall showers, and deep soaking tubs. The spacious three-bedroom chalets feature full kitchens with butcher-block countertops, wood burning fireplaces, and 46” LCD HD televisions in each living room. In addition, the rustic resort offers 64 deluxe rooms, complete with luscious pillow-top beds, sound-proof windows, flat-screen HD TVs, mini-refrigerators, in-room safes, and brand new décor.
Independently owned and operated by the Demetriades family, Nancy Demetriades conceived the Sierra Nevada Lodge’s modern yet cozy design, which features 149 stylishly appointed rooms dressed in warm shades of chestnut and olive green and outfitted with beautifully designed wood furniture. The Sierra Nevada Lodge further extends elements of the surrounding mountainside environment indoors—from the hand-hewed alpine bar in the lobby to the inviting, cabin-like floor plan of its reception area, with glass walls looking out at the mighty Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain ridge.
Additional hotel amenities include an on-site rental shop, complimentary airport shuttle service, sauna, laundry facility, conference room, and pet-friendly room, not to mention the largest hot tub in Mammoth that can seat up to 24.
Sierra Nevada Lodge also boasts three stand-alone restaurants located adjacent to the property that offer a variety of international culinary delights. Jimmy’s Taverna, launched in December 2012, features the freshest fish, Greek specialties and spectacular views of the Eastern Sierra. Jimmy’s offers patrons a unique dining experience by mimicking the look and feel of an authentic Greek Taverna, from the traditional color palette of vibrant blues and yellows to the old world charm of the stone floors. Complete with a wood burning grill of white French oak and the biggest bar in Mammoth Lakes, Jimmy’s Taverna is the third and newest restaurant in the Sierra Nevada Resort, completing the restaurant trifecta of Rafters Restaurant and Red Lantern. Ancient artistry meets modern luxury to create a feast for the senses.
Introduced in November 2011, the Red Lantern brings the taste of the Orient with only the freshest and finest ingredients in an elegant setting inspired by an Imperial palace. Patrons have the choice to dine in either the intimate main dining room surrounded by décor directly from China, or at the chef’s table where guests can interact with the cooks.
Rafters Restaurant, located just steps from the lodge, serves modern American cuisine with an Italian influence, and features live music and entertainment on a regular basis. Known as a ‘world class restaurant,’ the sophisticated setting with high ceilings and mountain views in combination with friendly attentive service and innovative cuisine, makes for an outstanding restaurant.
About Sierra Nevada Lodge
Sierra Nevada Lodge, a family owned, 149-room hotel, is situated on six acres in the heart of Mammoth Lakes. The hotel, originally built in 1967 by Jerry Buss, former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, quickly became THE place to stay and a favorite getaway for many Hollywood stars. The lodge was frequently visited by the likes of John Wayne, the “Rat Pack” and Jerry Lewis, who spent their evenings at Duke’s Bar, a favorite local hangout. The hotel was acquired by the Demetriades family in 2009 after they fell in love with its story and the Mammoth Lakes community. A decision to salvage the history of this beautiful property was quickly made, and a multi-million dollar renovation project began immediately. A piece of this Hollywood beginning is still preserved in the lodge lobby by way of a 1905 antique piano once owned by Clark Gable. The Demetriades family, dedicated to maintaining the glamorous charm of the lodge, has provided a place for the community to gather as well as a place for their out-of-town guests to call their “home in the mountains.”
/ Jill Carmack