The Andover Inn will host guests for the first time in more than two years beginning Nov. 14, while fans of the Inn’s Samuel’s restaurant will have to wait a bit longer.
The Inn and Samuel’s restaurant closed on March 23, 2020. At the time, Phillips Academy Andover officials said the closure would be “indefinite” and allow time for “several necessary repairs.” The 30-room hotel and restaurant space were also used during the pandemic to give Phillips additional space for classes and boarding students at the school.
On Friday, the Inn said it’s planning to remodel the lobby and all guestrooms as part of a massive renovation. The Inn will remain open during renovations, which are expected to be completed early next year.
“We are eager to welcome the local community and travelers back to the Andover Inn,” Tracy Sweet, Phillips Academy spokesperson, said in a statement. “For decades, the inn has been an integral part of the town and a regional landmark, with great proximity to Boston, the seacoast, arts and cultural activities, and so much more that New England has to offer.”
The Inn will offer a limited Samuel’s menu when it reopens next month. But Samuel’s won’t be offering full food and bar service until Sept. 1, 2023.
Waterford Hotel Group, the Inn’s owner, was before the Andover Select Board last week to request a change of manager for its liquor license and has been posting help wanted ads as it staffs up.
Photo: Waterford Hotel Group