By Kathy Montgomery | Photo by Mark Lipczynski
The Grand Hotel rose from the ashes of the 1900 fire that destroyed Whiskey Row and much of Prescott. Built in 1903, it’s now seeing new life in the wake of a second fire, which destroyed three adjacent businesses in 2012 and left the second-story hotel — which then housed apartments — severely damaged by smoke and water. In the aftermath, second-generation owners Howard and Nancy Hinson wondered how to move forward. Slowly, the idea of a hotel took shape. The Hinsons peeled back damaged lath and plaster, exposing brick. They removed ceilings and ductwork, restoring 10-foot ceilings. Carpet and linoleum gave way to original alder floors. The hotel reopened in 2013 as the boutique Grand Highland Hotel, each of its 12 guest rooms decorated to reflect some aspect of Prescott’s history. Since then, you might say the place has taken off like a house on fire.
The Grand Highland Hotel is located at 154 S. Montezuma Street in Prescott. For more information, call 928-776-9963 or visit www.grandhighlandhotel.com.