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Ad for Hotel Saranac pulled from Craigslist

Manager trading free parking for thank-you letters to the Enterprise

October 3, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer (cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The Hotel Saranac is no longer for sale on Craigslist.

A listing for the historic, 86-room hotel on the Plattsburgh Craigslist website, which had been posted Sept. 25, disappeared from the site Tuesday, the same day the Enterprise published a story about it. The Web page where the listing was located now says it has been "flagged for removal."

Another, similar listing for the hotel remains up on www.loopnet.com, a commercial real estate site. It was also posted on Sept. 25.

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The Hotel Saranac
(Enterprise file photo — Chris Knight)

The Craigslist post had said the hotel has "great profits and upside revenue potential" and a "motivated seller," although the property's selling price wasn't given. The LoopNet listing also didn't give the price, and it didn't say "motivated seller." The contact on both listings was Sarena Arora, the daughter of the hotel's manager, Sewa Arora, and a New Jersey phone number.

Asked about the Craigslist post on Tuesday, Sewa Arora called it a "mistake," though he wouldn't say why.

"I don't know how it got there; somebody goofed up," he said. "(Sarena) didn't put it up, but she did tell me that somebody else put it up and somebody else gave her name. It was a mistake to begin with."

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Arora said he didn't know why the Craigslist post was gone.

"It was on, and I didn't know that we took it down," he said. "Maybe the person who did it took it down. Maybe Sarena took it down; I don't know."

Several times during Tuesday's conversation, Arora said the hotel isn't for sale and that the family plans to keep the hotel "for the long haul," but, in the same breath, he said he would sell it for the right price.

"At the right price, of course, everything is for sale," Arora said.

Arora's asking price for the property has been $2 million. His family, under the name Sardeshwari Enterprises, purchased it from Paul Smith's College in January 2007 for $775,000. The hotel was assessed at $1,221,000 this year by the town of Harrietstown.

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For parking, letter required

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Over the past year, the Enterprise has published several letters to the editor from people who were not guests at the hotel, thanking Arora for allowing them to park in the hotel's parking lot free of charge for various events and meetings. St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers CEO Bob Ross sent the Enterprise such a letter Tuesday, thanking Arora for his "spirit of community support" for allowing attendees to park for free in the hotel lot and attend a pair of programs - one hosted by St. Joseph's, the other by Homeward Bound Adirondacks - at the Saranac Lake Free Library, across the street.

Arora admitted to the Enterprise Tuesday that he's requiring people who ask to use his parking lot to send letters to the newspaper, thanking him for the favor. He said he's doing this because when he allowed people to park in the lot for the grand opening of the Saranac Lake Community Store last year, he initially didn't receive any thanks for it, but a few weeks later a letter was published in the newspaper from someone complaining that Arora had their vehicle towed because they parked in the hotel's lot without his permission.

"I want that good deeds should be mentioned, but they're not mentioning it, so I'm saying yes, you do that," Arora said, of requiring users of his parking lot to submit thank-you letters. "I want people to know what we are doing for the community. They don't appreciate it."

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Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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