The Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau provided an image of one of the new rooms on its Facebook page this week.
“We’ve just added an annex to the hotel that has five rooms,” Suzanne McMeans, an employee of the hotel, said Tuesday.
The additions bring the Hotel Mac room total to 15. The new rooms, which took a year to complete and are railroad-themed, will be made available to visitors shortly.
“They’ll be ready soon,” McMeans said. “We’re anxious to have them open.”
The hotel was built in 1911 as the Colonial Hotel and largely served employees at Standard Oil, which later became Chevron Corp. The hotel was purchased in the 1930s by M.V. McAfee, a former manager of the Claremont Hotel, who changed the name to Hotel Mac. The food in the main dining room earned critical acclaim.
The popularity of the hotel diminished at the start of World War II, and in 1971 a fire closed it. But in 1978 Bill Burnett, Griff Brazil and others formed a corporation to renovate and reopen the Hotel Mac as a fine dining establishment, according to the hotel’s website.