RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Another step in the revitalization of downtown Reno Friday morning, for a groundbreaking ceremony for the first non-gaming, non-smoking luxury hotel in years. Across from Wingfield Park on the 200 block of Island Avenue in Reno is the new Kimpton Hotel.
City of Reno officials joined representatives from Kimpton Hotels and CAI Investments for a groundbreaking ceremony to inaugurate the new project.
“We are celebrating, this is revolutionary, for a game changer for our community; an upscale boutique hotel that will complement many of the other great things we have here,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the Western Nevada Economic Development Authority.
The hotel is expected to be the tallest building in Northern Nevada and will house more than 270 rooms, on-site restaurants, a rooftop terrace and more.
“Kimpton Hotels are designed with the community in mind, in what I hope is a beacon for visitors coming to Reno wanting to stay in a great hotel and environment with great design and style, but as important at that, I hope it brings people from all over the greater Reno area to eat and drink and hang out with each other, and maybe have weddings and birthdays there and it can be a party place they can’t wait to go and still feel welcome,” said Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.
The boutique hotel aims to be the new destination to stay and attract new travelers to Reno.
“Honestly, it’s a phenomenal place because it overlooks the Truckee River; and honestly there’s a lot of historical significance to this site, the church next door that we just put on the historic register and then there’s this beautiful building, they’re going to turn it into a speakeasy… we’re just really hearing, more and more, how people really want to come visit Reno, we really are a breakout city,” said Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve.
The hotel is expected to be completed by 2025.
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