The historic Yorktowne Hotel is now a part of Hilton hotel chain’s Tapestry Collection.
Jack Kay, chairman of the York County Industrial Development Authority, which owns the hotel, revealed the news to a crowd surrounding the hotel entrance on Tuesday morning. The hotel is currently undergoing a $30 million project.
Hilton’s Tapestry brand applies to a collection of about 10 boutique hotels, each with its own personality. The closest is in Georgetown, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
“The Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand allows the Yorktowne spirit to remain the cornerstone of our community, while also providing the benefits, prestige and support of the Hilton name,” Kay said. “Hilton’s confidence in York is a reflection of the progress and positive energy taking place here.”
The Yorktowne Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will features 121 guest rooms with two floors of one-bedroom suites tailored for extended-stay and executive guests; a circular arrival plaza along the hotel’s south side that will offer accessible entry to the hotel lobby; new elevators; and a full-service restaurant and cafe.
Demolition for the hotel renovation began this past March. Kay said that construction for the Yorktowne project remains on track with a re-opening slated for late 2019.
GF Management, based in Philadelphia, will operate the hotel.
During discussions on the Yorktowne Hotel project, Andrew Taymans, vice president of asset and revenue management for GF Management, said the hotel was often referred to as the heart of redevelopment for the downtown.
“We needed a brand that reflects its soul and a brand that allowed us to celebrate the rich history of the hotel and create new experiences for today’s modern traveler,” he said. “Tapestry Collection by Hilton allows this grand hotel to reclaim its rightful place in the heart of downtown.”
YCIDA and Kinsley Construction Inc held a networking mixer in April to encourage contractors throughout the city to get involved.
Bidding for the project will continue this summer.