Springs & Buffalo, NY – April 2018 / Newsmaker Alert / The
Gideon Putnam, the historic hotel in Saratoga Spa State Park that closed
Jan. 15 after major basement flooding from a water main break, is set to
reopen May 1 with new utility systems and renovated guest rooms, bathrooms,
corridors, restaurant and lobby.
North, which operates the hotel for the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation, determined it could use the opportunity
of the hotel being closed due to the flood damage to simultaneously undertake
all of the guest room and corridor renovations that had been planned in
phases for over the next several years. Delaware North is working with
a number of contractors and vendors on the system repairs and restoration
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“We had to pump out hundreds of thousands of gallons of water and clear areas of the basement that were covered in over 2 feet of mud,” said Paul Jeppson, east regional vice president of Delaware North’s parks and resorts business. “It took time to assess the true scope of the damage to the utilities and infrastructure and how long it would take to replace the boilers, electrical switch gear and other components of the hotel.
“Once we established the timeline for the infrastructure repairs, we decided to go ahead with the guest-facing projects. In combination with the other renovations that we have completed in recent years, our guests will now be staying in an almost fully renovated, elegant and historic hotel,” he said.
The nearby Roosevelt Baths & Spa has remained open as it was not affected by the water main break.
Renovations to The Gideon Putnam include:
To celebrate the May 1 reopening, The Gideon Putnam is offering a spring stay package that includes up to a 25 percent discount on rooms, $20 in free play at Saratoga Casino and admission to the Saratoga Automobile Museum or National Museum of Dance.
After the flood, the Delaware North team at the hotel donated more than $2,000 of produce and other food that was not exposed to the flooding to the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council for its food pantry and community kitchen.
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The Gideon Putnam is a National Historic Landmark hotel in Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The 120-room property houses Putnam’s, a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a gift shop and fitness center. It is a short walk from the historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa, which since opening in 1935 has drawn guests to its legendary baths for the believed restorative benefits of the region’s famed natural mineral spring waters. The Gideon Putnam also offers 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a business center, and Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Guests enjoy complimentary shuttle services to take in the excitement of horse racing at the nearby thoroughbred and harness race tracks or visit historic downtown Saratoga Springs, only five minutes from the resort. The State Park offers golf, museums, outdoor pools, miles of woodsy path for hiking and biking and world-class entertainment at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. For more information visit www.GideonPutnam.com.
About Delaware North’s Parks and Resorts Business
Delaware North Parks and Resorts is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, food and beverage and retail services, recreational activities, and educational programming at destinations throughout North America and Australia. Delaware North operates in many of the United States’ iconic national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit www.DelawareNorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.