|The brand new Crown Hotel as featured in its brochure|
The Crown Hotel opened for business Tuesday, January 5, 1982. It proudly featured 34 individually decorated guest rooms complete with brass beds, antique styled furnishings and private baths. Renovations also included the addition of a sweeping, suspended spiral staircase in the lobby, a swimming pool and a guest elevator.
|The Crown's lobby and guest reception|
|One of 34 individually decorated guest rooms|
|The new swimming pool|
Two new dining outlets; the upscale Churchill's restaurant and an English pub called The Fox & The Hound Tavern required the addition of a state of the art commercial kitchen.
|The Fox & Hound Pub|
|China designed specifically for the Crown Hotel|
For weddings and community events, two banquet rooms known as The Windsor andThe Buckingham could accomodate up to 25 & 80 guests respectively.
|A server prepares for a banquet|
in the Buckingham Room.
|Churchill's Chef, Dennis Malone |
and Maitre d', Salvatore Vaccarino
And finally, to complete the look, Epicure purchased a red, 1909 double-decker bus at a London auction, shipped it across the Atlantic and parked it just outside the hotel's entrance.
The Crown Hotel opened with an original management team of four:
Assistant Sous Chef
Management worked hard to promote the hotel, placing ads in multiple publications around the country.
Below are the hotel's room rates which remained fairly consistent for the 20 plus years the Crown Hotel was in business. Of course, these rates did not include the 6% sales and 2% tourist tax travelers would incur.
The Crown Hotel
Small Single Room.....$37.50 per night
Single Room...............$55.00 per night
Double Room..............$65.00 per night
Suite (two rooms)........$110.00 per night
Learn more about the creation of the Crown Hotel. Episode two of "Hotel Stories" tracks the building's gradual decline as the Colonial Hotel and its tranformation into the Crown Hotel.