Freeman French Freeman partnered with Roedel Companies to restore and redevelop the iconic Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, New York.
The renovation restores the 1927 hotel to its historic grandeur after sitting vacant for seven years and repositions the property as an upscale, full-service hotel. The six-story brick building features 85 guest rooms, a great hall with bar and second floor veranda, a grand ballroom, a full-service spa, artisan gift shop, and farm-to-table restaurant. The adjacent Compass Point building features 20 luxury suites. A new two-level parking structure accommodates 160 vehicles.
Multiple layers of past renovations were stripped away to reveal the hotel’s historic bones. Original architectural details including Terrazzo floors, cherry wood paneling, bronze and plate glass storefronts, and decorative plaster walls were restored to their original splendor. Ornately painted beams in the hotel’s Great Hall regained their rich hues of ochre, crimson, and forest green.
The restoration plays homage to the hotel’s storied past but its ambiance and amenities are distinctly contemporary. Guest rooms feature clean lines with Adirondack-inspired flourishes. Furnishings and finishes on the hotels’ two public floors highlight local products and materials.
Outside, the arcade’s limestone façade and terraces were painstakingly repaired. On the roof, the hotel’s glowing white marquee shines bright once again—this time powered by energy-saving LED technology.
The $25 million project has proven to be both a catalyst and symbol of Saranac Lake’s ongoing revival, lending cause for celebration to both residents and visitors alike.