GENOA, Nev. -- When Quintus Resorts, a Minden, Nev.-based developer
of U.S. vacation ownership resorts, was formed earlier this year,
the company's first move was to acquire David Walley's Resort, Hot
Springs and Spa here.
The property's potential, according to Linda Gilson, executive
director of marketing for Quintus Resorts, was one of the main
reasons the company paid $4.5 million for the 136-year-old
"A lot of people have referred to [the property] as a sleeping
giant -- it's been dormant for many years, but there's just so much
potential there, both historical and environmental."
Built in 1862 just outside of Genoa -- the state's oldest
permanent settlement, located 13 miles south of Carson City -- the
resort became popular with Comstock miners and, during its
illustrious history, hosted such famous guests as author Mark
Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and film star Clark Gable.
Now, Quintus Resorts hopes to draw families and individual
clients from within the state as well as from Northern California,
especially the San Francisco Bay area, Gilson said.
"That's where most of our marketing will be [concentrated] --
California and Nevada," she said.
To do that, the company plans to expand the resort's current
accommodations -- four cabins that Gilson terms "rustic" -- by
constructing 150 time-share units. Ground already has been broken
on the first phase of 21 units.
In addition, Quintus Resorts has invested in a major renovation
project at the property.
Describing the project as "literally from the ground up," Gilson
said everything within the two-story spa building was rebuilt.
"I don't think anyone realized what the condition was -- the
plumbing, everything basically is new except for the exterior of
the structure," she noted.
Inside, guests will find a front desk area; nine treatment
rooms, one of which has been designed for travelers with
disabilities; saunas and steam rooms, and separate waiting rooms
and locker rooms for men and women.
The newly renovated and expanded facilities, which opened this
fall, also enable the property to offer more spa services, Gilson
Among the list of available treatments are five different types
of massages; facials; body treatments using mud, seaweed and algae;
manicures; pedicures, and waxing.
Prices range from $45 to $95 for massages, $45 to $90 for
facials; $90 to $100 for body treatments; $20 to $25 for manicures;
$35 to $42 for pedicures, and $10 to $98 for waxing.
The spa also features several full- and half-day packages
ranging from $118 to $346.
Outside, the property offers two newly resurfaced tennis courts,
a swimming pool and seven hot tubs containing water from the
resort's mineral springs.
A gazebo area is a setting for weddings that are booked at the
resort, said Gilson, noting that Quintus recently hired an
executive chef and a catering manager to handle wedding receptions,
banquets and other large events.
For regular meals, she said, the property offers a deli and a
However, she added, plans call for a full-scale restaurant to
open by next summer.
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