Hotel Frisco sold
FRISCO – After two years on the market, Hotel Frisco has been sold. The new owners, Mary and Mark Waldman, are making themselves at home in the Main Street hotel.
The couple is new to the hotel business, new to mountain living and new to Frisco.
Mary Waldman said she is originally from Korea and grew up in Chicago. She met Mark in the San Fancisco Bay Area, where he grew up. The couple each sold software at their last jobs, before quitting them to travel for a year. They traveled from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.
“While traveling, we were deciding whether we wanted to go back to high-tech or do something different,” Mary said. “We wanted to live in the mountains. That’s something we knew.”
The couple had been to Summit County before – they said they’ve come to Breckenridge the past several years to ski. Mary said they weren’t too familiar with Frisco, but the more they researched the town, the more they liked it.
Once they decided to pursue the hotel route, the top two choices were Frisco and Lake Tahoe.
“There was nothing like Hotel Frisco in Lake Tahoe,” Mary said.
“There’s nothing like Frisco in Tahoe,” Mark added.
The Waldmans made their first offer on Hotel Frisco at the end of January. It took five months to close on the sale – the Waldmans purchased the hotel on May 24 for $1.31 million. Though the previous owners of the hotel were Roberto and Louise Moreno, the Waldmans purchased the hotel from the bankruptcy courts.
Still, the Waldmans said they are not intimidated by the Morenos bankruptcy. If anything, they are intimidated by the work ahead of them.
“We spent the last five days scrubbing everywhere,” Mark said. “And we’re not even done.”
Mary said the couple has a long “to do” list. They’ve already ordered new mattresses for all the beds and she said they plan to purchase down comforters and fine linens to improve the guest rooms.
At the top of the list is a remodel of the hotel facade to give it a Rocky Mountain ski lodge feel, Mary said.
They also have yet to decide what to do with the retail space attached to the hotel – where The Daily Planet once was in business. Mary said the options include retail or using it to add a room and some additional space for the hotel.
Though one might think theirs is the easy life, Mark said they are working just as hard now as they did working in the high-tech industry – already 15 hours a day.
Right now, it’s just the two of them. Those hours might calm down a bit once they find staff to help them with cleaning and the front desk. Until then, one of them has to be by the phone at all times.
The couple has made their temporary home on the third floor of the hotel, but are building an apartment for themselves above the retail space overlooking Main Street. It will be a while before it is ready to call home.
In the meantime, the Waldmans seem quite happy just to sleep in their own bed again.
“Last night was the first time we slept on our own mattress after 13 months,” Mary said.
They also seem happy to be in Frisco – as does their dog, Hannah.
“We’re very excited to be in a small community after being in big cities,” Mary said, adding she is looking forward to meeting her neighbors and contributing to the town. “Here, I think it will be nice.”
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or email@example.com
More info –
What: Hotel Frisco
Where: 308 Main Street
For more information, call (970) 668-5009 or on-line at http://www.hotelfrisco.com
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