Former Thompson House reopens under new ownership
Michael DeMasi is reporting for Albany Business Review the former Thompson House Resort in Windham has reopened under new ownership and with a new name. The resort, now called Wylder Windham, is the third property acquired by Wylder Hotels of Los Angeles and its first in New York. The resort on Route 296 held a soft opening July 13. John Flannigan, CEO and founder of Wylder Hotels, said the company was able to avoid the sharp decline in occupancy rates other hotels saw over the past two-plus years because its properties are focused on outdoor experiences with plenty of land, separate lodges and buildings. Spread across 20 acres, Wylder Windham includes seven lodges, inns, manors, and cottages with a total of 110 rooms; an oversized in-ground heated pool and recreation room; Babblers, a restaurant and bakery and 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Two of the lodges have opened so far, as well as the pool, bakery and most of the outdoor activities; the restaurant will open soon. "We're going to be opening rooms constantly over the next two months," Flannigan said, "and should be fully completed by the end of September with all 110 rooms." Wylder Hotels bought the property in June 2021 for $2.27 million. According to the Greene County Industrial Development Agency, the total project investment is $20.1 million. Flannigan said about 30 people have already been hired. Total staffing will exceed 50 once the resort is fully open. Read more in the Albany Business Review.