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New Hotel Rooms Coming to the Weatherford

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Hotel suite downtown Flagstaff

Room 42, A Queen Suite

Since we purchased the Hotel Weatherford in 1975 we have made it ourĀ mission to save this historic building and make it the cornerstone of a thriving downtown Flagstaff. We have put our heart and soul into making this business the best it can be for our customers!

The Hotel Weatherford opened its doors to the public on New Year’s Day 1900 when Flagstaff was just small watering hole in the wild west. Now at 119 years old, the Weatherford needs consistent upkeep and renovations to protect the structural integrity of the building. From rebuilding the beautiful wrap around balcony, to renovating the basement to bring you the Gopher Hole, we are constantly trying to improve the building for the sake of our guests and preserving this magnificent historical landmark.

It is with those goals in mind that we announce some new construction happening at the Weatherford over the next 2 to 4 months! We are adding structural support in the Charly’s Lounge (also known as the Main Bar), removing the ceiling in the lobby that is currently the Mezzanine, and constructing new hotel rooms in what are currently offices. The end result will be 6 new hotel rooms and an airy, spacious lobby area.

We are excited for the finished product, but we also acknowledge the inconvenience to our guests. Throughout construction the Gopher Hole will be open at 11AM for lunch and dinner, the Exchange Pub side of the restaurant will be open at 8am Friday, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and our wait staff will guarantee the same service that you would receive in our restaurant. Please call us for the most up-to-date information on construction and any questions that you may have at (928) 779-1919.

When the Weatherford opened in 1900 the Coconino Sun said, “There is no finer hotel in the whole southwest,” and we mean to keep it that way.

-Henry Taylor & Sam Green, owners of the Hotel Weatherford

See pictures of the renovation in progress!

The time is near!!!

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Henry (Owner) and Matt (GM) enjoying one of the many construction phases.

All smiles!! Henry (Owner) and Matt (GM) Enjoying one of the many phases of construction.

Is it really almost here???? After years of planning, dreaming and preparing, we are finally ready to announce… “The time is almost upon us!” Sam and Henry (along with the best staff in town) are about to embark in one of their biggest adventures yet… OPENING THE GOPHER HOLE!!!!

Over the past year we’ve watched as crews have come in to work from the top down to prepare are beautiful building for the massive remodel of the basement. We’ve seen thousands of pounds of tar peeled off of our roof, said good bye to our favorite storage area, and kicked our beloved maintenance man, Greg, out of his “office”. There have been walls sealed up, stairways turned into closets, and where there was once a wall of dirtĀ  you’ll now find a fancy game room (and state of the art bathrooms!). But the what has really captured us, what has really made us stand back and say: “it’s really happening”… is the day we saw the bar come to life!

Today was the day we finally got to fill the beautiful new shelves, rails and counters of the Gopher Hole bar with our favorite friends: Johnny, Jack and Jim (just to name a few). It’s housing all of our favorites and yours. Plus, as we speak, our devoted researchers (a.k.a. our beloved bartenders) are out searching for some new labels to add to the mix. (Remember that we are always looking for suggestions from our friends!)

With our 80 keg-cooler primed and ready to roll, we’re just waiting on our first delivery to stock it up (have we mentioned how excited our delivery guys are??). The 20 tap handles are on their way and set to be the centerpiece for this work of art.

This beautiful display of libation-al glory was the hit of the 1930’s; when it’s grand opening marked the end of prohibition in Flagstaff, and we can’t wait to watch you all celebrate with us when you come in!

In the news!

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Can we just say how much we love a little publicity? Especially from one of our favorite publications!

Last week this lovely article surfaced in the Arizona Daily Sun about our favorite topic of the moment… You guessed it! The Gopher Hole!!

It’s a great read that gives you some of the colorful history of our subterranean watering hole.

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s a link so you can enjoy it for yourselves!

http://azdailysun.com/business/local/business-the-return-of-a-speakeasy-at-the-weatherford/article_1f6b7ab8-f391-11e3-98bc-0019bb2963f4.html

Thank you, again, Arizona Daily Sun!