YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Delaware North at Yosemite, Yosemite National Park concessioner, announces the completion of a $650,000 refurbishment to 24 cottages at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley. Funded and managed by Delaware North in collaboration with the National Park Service, the project enhances guest room functionality while restoring historic integrity.
Richard Kollath and Edward McCann of Kollath-McCann Creative Services, hotel designers since 1998, referenced archival images and other historic documents to guide their selection of textiles, colors and accessory items to update the historic cottages, which were built in 1928. The furnishings and materials selected reflect those used in the hotel between 1925 and 1942, which was established by National Park Service historians as the hotel's "period of historic significance." The designers' research steered them toward simple wooden furniture and hand-crafted textiles that echo a western Arts & Crafts style. Highlights of the cottage guest rooms include custom-made Mission Style credenzas and night stands with integrated power outlets and USB ports. The bold, cheerful pattern of the drapery fabric reflects a 1930s design aesthetic, and the texture of the striped broadloom carpet evokes the original hooked rugs that once covered the floors.
"We are proud to unveil the refurbished cottages to our guests," said General Manager Brett Archer. "The essence of these cottages has been restored and the modern upgrades enhances the guest experience while allowing visitors to appreciate the landscape of Yosemite."
Linoleum prints of pine cones from local artist Kim Young Min feature exquisite details of indigenous flora found in Yosemite while watercolors of early artist-in-residence Gunnar Widforss capture the incredible grandeur and majesty of Yosemite waterfalls.
ABOUT THE AHWAHNEE
The Ahwahnee, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel featuring rustic architecture with Native American, Middle Eastern and Art and Crafts design elements, is located in scenic Yosemite National Park, which is home to stunning natural beauty, year-round activities and historic charm. The Ahwahnee was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and in 1987 it was listed as a National Historic Landmark. Conde Nast Traveler magazine recognized The Ahwahnee in the 2010 "Reader's Choice Awards" as one of the top 100 resorts in the United States. For more information, visit www.YosemitePark.com/Ahwahnee.
ABOUT DELAWARE NORTH'S PARKS AND RESORTS BUSINESS
Delaware North is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, recreational activities, food and beverage services, retail and educational programming at destinations throughout North America, Australia and Asia. Delaware North operates in many of the country's iconic national and state parks, including Yosemite National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes five luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North's hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.
SOURCE Delaware North at Yosemite