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Pagosa Lodge property changes hands

The long-awaited sale of Pagosa Lodge officially closed May 25, and cousins Chirag and Neel Patel are the new owners. While from Texas and upstate New York respectively, the two are completing moves to Pagosa Springs and have assumed full lodge management responsibilities.

The document fee for the deed transfer at the county clerk and recorder’s office was $200, indicating a sale price of $2 million.

Ending roughly two years of Pagosa Lodge inactivity Tuesday, the Patels now offer guest accommodations and services, and will soon open the bar, cocktail lounge and restaurant (to guests and the general public) as final groundwork concludes. According to Chirag Patel, several family members are now in Pagosa assisting with facility cleanup and ongoing preparations.

Town records suggest the iconic Pagosa property was originally built in 1979. It includes 101 guest rooms, the bar/lounge area, restaurant, a substantial meeting and convention space and several smaller board rooms. Additional guest amenities include a swimming pool, sauna and a few hot tubs.

The recently developed townhomes immediately northeast of the main structure are not part of the lodge property.

As the summer tourist season winds down, the Patels plan extensive lodge renovations. In a recent phone interview, Chirag Patel said the entire facility exterior will receive a facelift, as some of the interior and all guest rooms will gain new carpet, some new furniture and full bathroom remodels. Bathroom changes will include new granite countertops and fixtures, and all upgrades should be complete by year’s end.

Patel insists Pagosa Lodge now offers market-competitive room and conference rates, and always will. Further, he said the facility will extend “a great local rate” to local residents and their visiting family members or friends.

In years past, Pagosa Lodge has provided comfortable accommodations for countless guests, while serving as the site for many a community affair. Now under new ownership, that tenor will apparently be renewed.

chuck@pagosasun.com