Hotel Thayer at West Point unveils plans for second refit

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The landmark Hotel Thayer at West Point is becoming increasingly popular as a meetings and events venue since it reopened last fall, hotel officials said.

Built in 1926, the 159-room Thayer reopened last October following an extensive $26 million renovation by its owners, the Hudson River Partners, a group of alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Future plans call for an additional conference and meeting wing with 128 rooms, conference facilities, a ballroom, a restaurant and a fitness center.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and to be completed by fall 2001 at a cost of approximately $27 million.

The Thayer, named for Col. Sylvanius Thayer, superintendent of the academy from 1817 to 1833, was formerly the West Point Hotel. It's managed by Fisher Hotels Group, which has offices in West Orange, N.J., and Boston.

"I think today's meeting planners are looking for a unique setting for their business meetings and events, and a historical hotel like the Thayer offers them that old-world charm but with all the modern amenities," said Don Sagaria, principal and partner of Fisher Hotels.

"Plus, we're right in the heart of the Hudson Valley, with so many major attractions like historical sites, golf courses, skiing, shopping and other recreation," Sagaria said.

Companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms throughout the New York metropolitan area have booked the Thayer for corporate retreats, sales training, long-range business planning, management seminars and focus groups, said Sagaria.

The Thayer's Complete Meeting package features a professional conference planner, audiovisual equipment, American buffet breakfast, refreshment breaks, buffet lunch and overnight accommodations.

During the first quarter of 2000, the Thayer is offering a special package that includes a free overnight stay for site visits by meeting planners and a free cocktail reception on the evening meeting attendees arrive.

Hotel Thayer
Phone: (800) 247-5047

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