More room at the inn: Hotel Frisco completes renovations, opens new guest room and conference facility |

More room at the inn: Hotel Frisco completes renovations, opens new guest room and conference facility

FRISCO – Five months – and several flatbed trailer loads of hand-dug rocks – later the Hotel Frisco’s renovations are almost complete, giving the intimate Main Street lodging a whole new look and some enhanced facilities for guests.

With a new deluxe suite ready for rental some time soon and bookings already starting to stream in for a new 600-square-foot conference room, the hotel’s owners and manager are hoping for a busy summer.

Mark Waldman, a former Bay Area software developer who moved to Colorado and purchased the hotel a year ago with his wife, Mary, says the couple initially hoped to have the project wrapped up in March.

“This has all been a new process for us, and sometimes things take longer than you’d think they would,” he says. “But we managed to get our permits on May 9, and we’ve just been doing some final work.”

True to Summit County tradition, the project involved morphing the 11-room hotel, built in 1987, with an adjacent building, which dated back to the days of old Dillon. The building was relocated to Frisco’s Main Street in the 1960s and has been mostly empty since then.

Waldman says the older structure, briefly home to the Daily Planet bookstore, posed some serious construction challenges, as little more than an open shell remained.

“We wanted to drop the floor two feet, and the old building was built on a dirt floor, so we had to remove some huge rocks. And it had to be all dug out with jackhammers – it was too small to get larger construction equipment into the space.”

Manager Leon Joseph Littlebird says work crews ended up hauling away three trailers’ worth of rocks before they could begin work on restoring the older building and blending it with the newer hotel.

“That was the part that blew my mind. S I used to have to put up posters in the windows so people wouldn’t see the dirt floor,” Littlebird said. “And it’s such a transformation, when you look at how it looks now. When we cut doors into the old room, you could see siding from the old building, which was really bizarre. But the two new doors that lead inside the hotel make the place look huge.”

Now complete, it’s impossible to tell that the new conference room and an adjacent hotel room were once little more than a dilapidated shack. The room features wood paneling, high-tech track lighting and a wet bar. Next door, the new deluxe king suite features rustic-style furniture, a large Jacuzzi tub and a private entrance leading to the hotel’s outdoor hot tub.

“We’ve really set the new king room up with all the creature comforts,” Littlebird said. “And we’re ready to roll with the conference room – we’ve already hosted a meeting of real estate agents, and we’ve got plenty of plans to make it a multiuse facility, good for everything from wedding rehearsals to meetings. Executives from Coors are coming up this summer for a corporate retreat, and we’re also using it to host a meeting of the Ski Instructors of America.”

Littlebird says he has many different ideas for the room, depending on how busy the hotel gets over the summer.

“I’d even like to do something like a locals’ film festival or start an acoustic music series. The acoustics are great in there.”

The hotel’s exterior has also had extensive improvements, including three new windows, rustic siding and a masonry stone wainscoting. Workers were busy this week power-washing the exterior.

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