Historian Inn to be renovated under new ownership
The new year has brought a new owner to the Historian Inn in downtown Gardnerville along with some big plans to upgrade the cornerstone property between Highway 395 and Eddy Street that closed in the middle of the recession.
Deb Pierrel, co-owner of Cle Hospitality, announced her company’s acquisition of the hotel in a Feb. 27 press release.
“Cle Hospitality, a hospitality company headquartered in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., purchased the property in February 2012 and has already begun renovating hotel rooms with historic artwork and artifacts, custom-designed furniture, and upgraded beds and bedding,” the statement read. “The hotel is currently open for guests, and a post-renovation grand opening event is planned for late May to showcase the property to locals.
“In addition to 33 guest rooms, the hotel also features multiple meeting spaces with the latest in audio-visual technology, and La Petite Salon, which provides hair and nail care. The Market Cafe will open in summer 2012 for breakfast, lunch, gifts, and olive oil tastings.”
Pierrel said the company will bring its brand of “casual elegance” to the property.
“We’re excited to be part of community,” Pierrel said. “We opened the Avalon Lodge at Stateline last year and the support from local residents and business owners was incredible.”
Pierrel said she and business partner Katy Donoghue worked hard to create a quality lodging experience at the Avalon, as well as a vibrant business to support the local economy. They plan on doing the same in Douglas County with the Historian Inn.
“The people in this region really believe in working together to achieve mutual success,” Pierrel said.
The Historian Inn reopened last fall after sitting empty for more than a year. The two-story, 16,951-square-foot building was constructed in 2000 in the same location where the historic Harris Store once housed Coventry Cross Thrift Store and the East Fork Gallery. An arsonist burned down the structure in 1995.
In 2001, a year after opening, the Historian Inn received a governor’s tourism award. By spring 2010, however, the hotel had stopped taking reservations and closed its registration office. At the time, the hotel’s website said the closure was due to economic conditions.
In September 2011, San Diego-based Oceanic Gardnerville, LLC, purchased the property from Umpqua Bank for $561,400. Information about the recent sale has not been released.
For more information about the hotel, visit http://www.historianinn.com.