Fairmont's Claremont Club & Spa opens following complete rebrand

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced the Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel is the newest addition to the company’s portfolio.

Built in 1915, and located at the base of the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, overlooking San Francisco Bay, the Claremont offers 276 restored guestrooms and suites, a club and spa and a dining portfolio. Fairmont’s parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, purchased the Claremont in 2014 in partnership with California financier Richard C. Blum and his family. Following a multi-million-dollar capital investment project, which updated the hotel’s facilities and its castle-like architecture, the hotel sits in the Berkeley and Oakland Hills.

“Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has long been a pioneer when it comes to operating many of the world’s most beautiful landmarks, full of rich history and cultural significance. For a century, Claremont Club & Spa has been welcoming guests as one of northern California’s most revered hotels, so it has been an honor for Fairmont to take on this heritage hotel’s restoration and reintroduction as a Fairmont property,” says Kevin Frid, president, Americas, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “Growth continues to be one of our top priorities, so we are extremely excited to be adding an asset as attractive as the Claremont to the Fairmont family.”

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The Claremont marks its 100th anniversary this year with the culmination of a restoration that starts at the hotel’s entrance with the grand gallery. The lobby has been opened up to views of the bay, while the welcoming lobby lounge and bar area were also updated. Aging hardwood floors have been restored as well as new carpets, book matched mahogany and hand carved leather upholstery.

All 276 guestrooms have been updated by global design firm Gensler, including the unveiling of a new Presidential Suite. Slated to open in early 2016, Chef Dominique Crenn’s elegant neighborhood brasserie will serve a locally sourced seasonal menu, joining the hotel’s three other restaurants and lounges.

Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel also has a notable spa and club facility complete with kids’ pool, tennis and fitness center, rounding out the resort’s leisure offerings. Meeting and social event planners will have access to 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Empire Ballroom that can accommodate upwards of 450 attendees and a number of meeting rooms with spectacular Bay views. The urban resort is also home to a private social and tennis club with loyal members who enjoy hotel amenities, fitness facilities and lifestyle programming.

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