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Omni purchases Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods Ski Area

Union Leader Correspondent

December 03. 2015 9:28PM
Hundreds of employees of The Omni Mount Washington Hotel gathered in the Grand Ballroom on Thursday afternoon for a group photo. On Dec. 2, Omni Hotels and Resorts, which has operated the resort since 2009, acquired it from CNL Lifestyle Properties, which had owned it since 2006. (John Koziol)

BRETTON WOODS — Omni Resorts and Hotels this week announced that it has purchased The Omni Mount Washington Resort.

In a deal announced Tuesday, the terms of which were not made public, Omni Hotels & Resorts said it acquired the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, the Omni Bretton Arms Inn, Bretton Woods Ski Area and Nordic Center, the Lodge at Bretton Woods, Mount Washington and Mount Pleasant golf courses, as well as 500 acres for future expansion and development from CNL Lifestyle Properties of Dallas.

In 2006, CNL purchased the then Mount Washington Resort from Wayne Presby and Joel Bedor, who had operated it since 1991.

In August 2009, CNL entered into a long-term management agreement with Omni Resorts & Hotels, which is also based in Dallas, Texas, and is a part of TRT Holdings, a private company owned by Robert Rowling.

Omni Resorts, according to a company profile, has 60 hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with some 21,000 guest rooms and 18,000 associates.

On Wednesday, via pre-recorded messages, the Omni executive team, led by President Mike Deitemeyer and including a message from Rowling, welcomed another 1,000 associates, who until a day earlier had been employees of CNL.

The historic hotel in Bretton Woods. (FILE)

John Murtha, who is the Mount Washington Hotel’s interim managing director as well as the general manager of the Omni Parker House in Boston, told the new associates that Rowling has a reputation of holding on to hotels once he buys them so the Mount Washington can be expected to remain an Omni property for a long time.

Rowling, Murtha added, also is known for holding onto his associates.

In a letter read aloud by Murtha, Rowling said he was “anxious to understand the expansion opportunity and to move forward with those plans” at the Mount Washington, although he did not elaborate.

Champagne and cake, including this one with a depiction of The Omni Mount Washington Hotel, were the order of the day Thursday when Omni Resorts & Hotels, which has operated the historic resort since 2009 on behalf of owner CNL Lifestyle Properties, celebrated its acquisition of the facility with its new associates. (John Koziol)

Earlier, Crag Clemmer, director of sales and marketing at the resort, confirmed there are plans for future development but said they would be revealed “in good time.”

Clemmer said while change is coming, the only change that guests and associates will see is in the name of the property owner.

“It’s business as usual,” Clemmer said.

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