Guests have been walking the halls of the Hotel Don Fernando for the past week, meaning the renovated lodging establishment is officially open to the …
* A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the hotel had obtained Holiday Inn credentials
Guests have been walking the halls of the Hotel Don Fernando for the past week, meaning the renovated lodging establishment is officially open to the public.
The hotel will hold a grand opening ceremony Thursday (Oct.18) to celebrate the hotel's return to Taos. Developer and owner Jay Batra has been working over a year to get the property ready for guests once again and is pleased to welcome to the community back through the doors of what was once called the most luxurious hotel in Taos.
"I'm really proud of it," Batra said. "We're all working toward the same goal and now that we've achieved that, it feels fabulous."
The Don Fernando's reopening begins another chapter in the hotel's nearly 30-year history. Batra acquired the hotel in 2017 after its closure in January 2016 and decided to polish the gem that had fallen to neglect and abandonment. After over a year of renovations and bringing the hotel back up to codes, the Don Fernando has received its Hilton credentials and will operate as one of the chain's 11 Tapestry collection hotels.
With 46 positions filled and 126 rooms added to the hotels in Taos, the Don Fernando is ready for the community and visitors alike.
"We still have some fine-tuning, but the response is great," Batra said.
A private ceremony will celebrate the opening of the hotel from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to book a room, catch a drink at the new bar or dine at the new Palettes restaurant inside the lobby.
Batra said he is most looking forward to hearing the input and comments from the community about the newly opened hotel.
The Don Fernando was built in 1989 and has gone through several owners. Batra and his team have renovated the hotel inside and out to bring the hotel up to Hilton standards.
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