Fairmont takes on historic hotel

is to undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment following its recent purchase.

The hotel has been bought by FRHI Hotels & Resorts (the parent company of Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel) and financier Richard C. Blum.

Once the work is completed the hotel will become a Fairmont hotel alongside the likes of the Plaza in New York.

FRHI president Kevin Frid said: “Growth continues to be one of our top priorities, so we are extremely excited to be adding an asset as attractive as the Claremont
“We see this as an opportunity to grow one of our leading brands with the right product, in the right market.? We firmly believe the hotel is a perfect complement to many of the other celebrated hotels in the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio.”

Built in 1915 at the base of the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve with views over San Francisco Bay the Claremont has 279 guestrooms and suites.

The hotel, which is the sixth FRHI property in California also has a social and tennis club with more than 1,500 members.