LAKE GEORGE A six-story hotel development planned for downtown is likely to prompt 100 new jobs, cost $16 million, and boost the area’s economy year-round, according to pronouncements made Thursday Aug. 15 as the hotel’s plans were unveiled.
Developer Dave Kenny said his hotel, a Marriott Courtyard, would be focusing on hosting conferences and conventions, accommodating 500 to 600 people.
Mayor Bob Blais said he felt the development would spur the commercial and cultural vitality of the village.
“This hotel will provide a tremendous economic boost for Lake George and the entire region,” he said.
Blais predicted the hotel’s conferences would draw business people to Lake George that haven’t been here before, and after experiencing the village’s amenities, they were likely to return, bringing their families, thus increasing tourism. He said these business and professional people would be spending far more than the average tourists.
The ground floor is planned to host four separate retail stores with entrances onto the Canada St. sidewalk. Kenny said he’d be soliciting national chain boutiques and specialty stores for the commercial spaces. Kenny added these spaces could also host a wine bar, an antique shop, or a store offering Adirondack crafts and furnishings.
This first level will also host a lobby and guest services desk, as well as a breakfast bistro and separate upscale restaurant measuring 5,500 square feet. Kenny added that he would be seeking to attract a top-shelf steakhouse, like Angelo’s 77 Prime in Albany. He said he would soon be talking to its owner, Angelo Mazzone, to see if he wanted to operate the restaurant. The hotel would also have exercise facilities and a pool.
The conference space, centered on the second floor, would be anchored by a 7,500 square-feet main ballroom, plus six 1,500 square-feet breakout rooms, as well as a 3,000 square-feet reception area on a balcony, overlooking Lake George. The conference facilities would also include an indoor amphitheater, which could be used not only for business and professional presentations, but for movies for children on off-hours.