I have been living in New Port Richey Florida for over 17 years. When I first moved to the area I spent a lot of time driving around the area and learning where things were. One of my first jobs when I moved here was a retail job. One of my coworkers had lived here his whole life and he told me a little about the city's history. I have been intrigued by New Port Richey's history ever since. Today I want to talk about the Hacienda Hotel.
In May of 1926 a disastrous fire destroyed the Enchantment Inn. The residents decided that the city needed a new hotel and plans began to build another hotel on a different site. You can read by previous blog about the Enchantment Inn HERE. The Inn was was also known as The Sass Hotel.
During the month of August in 1927 a letter was written to the Mayor from Mr. James E. Meighan offering 3 empty lots "free and clear" for the city to use as the site of the new hotel. The three lots were described as being on Main Street and next to Sims Park. In the fall of 1926 construction on the Hotel was underway. The Hacienda Hotel was designed by Thomas Reed Martin of Sarasota Florida. The Burns-Becker Co. constructed the Hacienda Hotel on the 3 lots formerly owned by Mr. Meighan.
The Hotel was constructed to have 50 rooms for guests and a dining room. 184 days after construction began the first guest was welcomed into the Hacienda Hotel. This was a record in high grade rapid construction. On Feb 5, 1927 the Hacienda Hotel opened it's doors to 800 guests who enjoyed dinner and were able to get the first look at the Hacienda Hotel. The 800 people in attendance was the largest turn out by residents since the City of New Port Richey had been settled.
Today the Hacienda Hotel still stands on those 3 lots next to Sims Park. The fountain that sits in the courtyard entrance is still there behind the iron entrance gates. When visiting New Port Richey Florida be sure to stop by the Historic Hacienda Hotel and take a look back in time to when our city was young.
The photos in this blog were taken by me in the spring of 2009 when I took my Mother to see the Hotel.