Returning visitors to The Otesaga Hotel and Resort may notice some changes this summer.
During the winter, the Otesaga renovated its lobby and all of its guest rooms, which now number 132, down from 133 before the renovations. Other changes also occurred, including the addition of a permanent boat dock, putting new paneling in the Oak Room and adding a new coat of paint to the hotel's corridors.
“We still wanted to keep the residential feel to the resort,” said Tjibbe Lambers, director of marketing at The Otesaga Hotel and Resort, on the overall thrust of the renovations.
The work was completed during the hotel's off season between Thanksgiving and April, when it is only available for private parties and weddings.
For the lobby renovations, all of the furniture was reupholstered and the draperies were replaced. The carpeting was also replaced and some portions of the floor are now exposed, hand-scraped oak to reflect the room's original appearance.
Of the room renovations, perhaps the most dramatic change was the merging of two of the Otesaga's rooms into one.
“We wanted to have a room that potentially could be used for ... small conferences,” said Lambers. “We created one of the rooms in order to provide that opportunity to our guests.”
The remaining guest rooms also got made over with new fixtures, furniture, draperies and fresh coats of paint.
“We changed everything,” said Lambers.
Each room also now contains replicas of paintings from the Fenimore Art Museum.
Lambers characterized the renovation this off-season as a "soft goods" renovation. Previously, such work was done in stages; this overhaul was the first time the hotel conducted an upgrade of this nature all at once. An infrastructure renovation last took place at the Otesaga in the 1990s.
The renovation of the lobby was headed by Jeff Lincoln of Manhattan-based Jeff Lincoln Interiors Inc., while the room renovations were designed by Whitney Fisher of The W Group, based in Tennessee.