Lanier Islands hotel completes $2 million makeover

Story by Jeff Gill
Photos courtesy Lanier Islands Resort

Just as it’s considering a future hotel at a different site, Lanier Islands resort in South Hall has spruced up existing accommodations at Legacy Lodge & Conference Center.

Through a $2 million renovation, 214 rooms now have new hardwood floors, artwork and decor with an outdoors theme, as well as new bedding, mini-refrigerators and Keurig coffee makers.

legacy-lodge-front-lo-resOther upgrades include newly painted woodwork and ceilings throughout the hotel, new wallcoverings in guest rooms and corridors, new carpets in corridors and new lighting and window treatments.

“We’re particularly excited to have the lodge renovations completed in time for the holidays, which is our second busiest season of the year,” said Grier Todd, vice president of hospitality.

However, “many of our summertime visitors were able to benefit from our recent room renovations, as we strategically tackled it in phases so it wouldn’t negatively impact the guest experience.”

The resort has been throwing money at the hotel and other guest housing in recent years, including a $1.4 million makeover of the pool. The LakeHouses underwent renovations in 2014.

legacy-lodge-bathroom-2016-renovation-lo-resLegacy Lodge’s last major renovation took place in 2008, when the hotel was known as Emerald Pointe.

At the time, the resort was making improvements throughout its property, including the construction of Legacy Villas in 2008.

One of the biggest changes to the resort was the closing of the old 254-room PineIsle Resort in 2005.

The resort now is trying to get a feel for development possibilities on the now-vacant property.

“We have our own speculation, but we recognize that it’s an excellent site to develop and we’re just trying to understand the opportunities for what and … when,” said Bill Donohue, executive director of the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority.

legacy-lodge-king-room-2016-renovation-lo-resThe authority and Lake Lanier Islands Management, which operates the resort, are looking to hire an outside firm to give them a fresh take on the matter.

“We want to see what the real estate experts think,” Donohue said. “Could it be a traditional resort conference center/hotel, a different type of lodging experience or would there be any interest?”

The resort is accepting proposals from firms through mid-October.

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