Returning visitors to The Otesaga Hotel and Resort may notice some changes.
Over 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.
The Otesaga typically closes after Thanksgiving and reopens in April, which is when the renovations took place. Still, while the hotel is generally closed during this period, Lambers said it is still available for parties of 50 or more 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. According to a media release, this decision was made because it was discovered that the lobby floor was originally not carpeted.
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 hotel’s other rooms also got a makeover. Light fixtures, dressers, night stands, bed frames, carpets, draperies and beds were all replaced. The rooms were also repainted with a new color scheme.
“We changed everything,” said Lambers.
In addition to replacing the light fixtures, the lighting schemes in the rooms were adjusted.
“We wanted to give a little bit more light to guests, but still be able to provide that ambient mood,” said Lambers.