GLENS FALLS, NY — The Queensbury Hotel announced the grand opening of its Adirondack Ballroom expansion and newly renovated event spaces as it looks ahead to its next phase of renovation.
The $3.8 million renovation features 4,000 square feet of additional event space, combined with the transformation of over 4,000 square feet of existing event space.
The project included the expansion of the Adirondack Room, the renovation of the Warren Room and the addition of both an outdoor patio space and a brand-new banquet kitchen.
The Adirondack Ballroom was the biggest undertaking of the project. The 5,200-square-foot event space can now accommodate 300 to 500 people, depending on the style of event and setup needs. It also features sleek and modern airwalls that can be used to divide the space into three parts, allowing for smaller events and versatile break-out spaces.
“The Adirondack Ballroom addition not only continues our mission of returning our city’s Queen back to the top of our region’s hospitality offerings, but also gives us the ability to attract larger conferences, increase the size of social gatherings and continue to hold more and more community events,” said Tyler Herrick, general manager of The Queensbury Hotel and president of Spruce Hospitality Group, in a press release.
Established in 1926 and approaching a centennial celebration, The Queensbury Hotel is no stranger to renovations and restorations. Ed Moore purchased the historic hotel in March of 2016 and entrusted Spruce Hospitality Group to manage the property. Since then, the group has renovated the 123 guest rooms, restored the hotel lobby and front desk, remodeled the restaurants Park 26 and Fenimore’s Pub and updated all event spaces and public spaces throughout the property.
The Saratoga Springs-based Phinney Design Group, which has been involved in many of the property’s recent renovation projects, led the redesign of the expansion project, working hand-in-hand with V&H Construction of Fort Edward to complete the 10-month project.
“Phinney Design Group was honored to provide Architectural and Interior Design services for the new Adirondack Ballroom project,” said Mike Phinney, owner and principal architect of Phinney Design Group, in the release. “We were careful to modernize the historic hotel, while still honoring its past and marrying the old and the new. After 6 years of renovations, this project has been one of the largest pieces of a master plan that our design team and owners visualized with the goal of breathing new life into a historic gem.”
The Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce recently sponsored a joint ribbon cutting ceremony that was followed by a reception hosted by The Queensbury in the new event space.
Herrick reported that the hotel’s sales team has already seen a demand for the larger space and has begun booking events through the end of the year and well into 2023 and beyond. “Before the expansion, we were hosting 750 events a year, so we look forward to seeing that grow,” he said in the release. “And with that growth, we’ll continue to play a role in the greater Downtown Glens Falls Revitalization.”
Moore added, “Both our management and staff are excited to bring this beautiful addition of the Adirondack Ballroom to Glens Falls. We look forward to welcoming even more guests from near and far to experience the wonderful improvements that have been made to the hotel over the last six years. And we don’t plan to stop here.”
At the grand opening event, the hotel announced that the next phase of renovations will include an update of its main entrance in the rear parking lot. The facelift will include the resurfacing of the portico, fresh paint, landscaping updates and new lighting and signage to welcome guests. Updated amenities like automatic doors will also be added for convenience and ease of accessibility. The design of the new entrance is meant to complement the exterior of the Adirondack expansion to make for a grand welcome.
“This community has long been hardworking, generous, and enterprising. Both steeped in tradition but with an eye towards the ever-evolving future, the same can be said for The Q and its nearly 100 years. A great joy for us is hearing people tell stories of when some of their most important moments occurred here. From holidays, first jobs and proms to weddings and celebrations of life,” said Zack Moore, managing partner of Spruce Hospitality, in the release. “It is our hope that these new event spaces and this next chapter will continue to serve our community well into the future, while still remaining linked to our proud past.”
More information about The Queensbury Hotel is available online at www.thequeensburyhotel.com.