US: The Yorktowne Hotel, in York, Pennsylvania, will reopen late next year after a $20 million refurbishment.
The 93-year old hotel will be part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton and will include 121 guest rooms, including two floors of one-bedroom suites.
The Market Street, lobby and ballroom levels of the historic hotel will be restored, and the rooftop will become an event and banquet space. A full service restaurant and café will open on the first floor while the façade will receive a facelift, including the replacement of 120 windows and repairs to the terracotta and brick.
GF Management, a Philadelphia-based hospitality company, will be the operator of the Yorktowne. The York County Industrial Development Authority still owns the property.
Andrew Taymans, vice president of asset and revenue for GF Management, said: “We spoke a lot about the history of the hotel and the impact that it’s had on generations of York residents. We needed a brand that captured its soul. In Tapestry by Hilton, we did just that. Any approval by Hilton as a nationally branded hotel is a pretty tough process. We had to describe what was going on with the hotel,with the city, with the county. I think what made Hilton comfortable and willing to plant their flag in downtown York was the ability to demonstrate… the reinvestment that is taking place in the city.”
Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, the city’s regeneration body, said: “We’re looking at a downtown that hasn’t had a hotel for years. Now you’re adding all the travellers spending money in the downtown. Any business doing well now is going to do even better when it opens.”