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Cal-Neva renovations begin, expansion plans in the works

Christina Nelson

Starting this summer, Cal-Neva Resort, Spa and Casino customers will see some changes at the Crystal Bay resort.

Sold to NAMCAL, LLC in February, the resort is now under the management of Manhattan-based resort management and development company Sentry Hospitality, which plans to start making service changes this summer, and will start renovating this fall.

“At the top of our list is we will not destroy the history (of the Cal-Neva),” said William Hanley, senior vice president of business development with Sentry.



The Cal-Neva was once the hangout of celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. On Feb. 16, longtime owner Chuck Bluth sold the property for a reported $30 million.

Customers can expect renovations to existing guest rooms, the restaurant and lounge, and the casino. Although the company has not decided on a design for the renovations, Hanley said it is committed to bringing the resort back to when it was an internationally known luxury resort.



The owners also have plans to add 54 luxury lakefront suites, a 12,000-square-foot spa and health club, a specialty restaurant, a new pool, a sunbathing area and executive conference facilities.

Hanley said the company is hoping to attract executive conferences that will add to the resort’s existing client base, but said it will not be a place for big conventions.

“We are very anxious to build something here and renovate this project so that people are proud of it,” Hanley said.

He also said the company wants the resort to become a well-known destination.

“We think the whole area – Crystal Bay – should be a destination,” Hanley said.


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