Northport Hotel Gets Ready for Opening

The Northport Hotel is speeding toward its opening in August, the culmination of seven years of hard work to bring a luxury property to downtown Northport.

Already, there’s a long waiting list just to book reservations starting in July.

Beset at different times by permit issues, supply and labor shortages, the Covid-19 epidemic slowdown and the sheer magnitude of effort required to build a two-story hotel in Northport’s downtown, the owners are ready to open. They’ll soon announce their grand opening and start fulfilling reservation requests.

They note that the luxury hotel will offer easy access to the village’s charm and cultural life, and make a point of touting the community, sites and businesses to potential guests.

Kevin O’Neill, who co-owns the hotel with Richard Dolce, told HuntingtonNow last week that the hotel, with its 26 rooms and 175-seat casual dining restaurant, will bring luxury accommodations to the area. The two also own the Engeman Theater across the street.

“The connection with the theater is, we’ve had entertainment or 15 years and now we’ll have lodging and meals to suit them,” he said. “We’re the only regional year-round theater to feature Broadway talent. The area is so underserved. there’s no accommodations. We get people coming from Westchester and New Jersey, so we’re filling that void.”

“When you have a downtown like Northport, not everybody hs a big house tht they can put up. go shopping, to go dining,” O’Neill said. His hotel will provide those accommodations, while complementing restaurants and other businesses downtown.

“We’re building something that belongs in the Hamptons,” he said. “We wanted it to look residential and feel residential.”

Why travel to New England tourist towns when Northport has as much or more to offer, he says.

O’Neill can tick off a long list of elements that make the hotel special.

The restaurant has an Italian theme with a steakhouse component.They were not, despite rumors, building a catering hall, he said.

He notes the hotel’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, something other businesses have sometimes struggled to meet because of the step-up required to enter some of them, and their tight quarters.  He said the hotel can accommodate motorized wheelchairs with ease.

He also points out that the hotel will provide valet parking, with a parking lot that can accommodate 50 cars; the double sheetrocking of walls and special insulation to ensure a quiet stay, the high ceilings and attention to the finer details for luxury accommodations, and a variety of other amenities.

“We went the extra yard. It was very costly but longterm it’s going to be worth it,” he said. “We’re definitely a luxurious boutique hotel.”

They tout their proximity to the Vanderbilt Museum, Northport Historical Society and DelVino Vineyards, in addition to other Main Street businesses.

Reservations made by May 31 qualify for a special advance purchase rate.

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