Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel to Debut as Knott’s Hotel in Fall After Reno

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will unveil a multimillion-dollar renovation this fall with a new name and updated look that pays homage to the park’s founders, Walter and Cordelia Knott. The property will remain open to guests during renovations.

Rebranded as Knott’s Hotel, the property is steps away from California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, and just minutes from other Orange County destination attractions. All 322 guestrooms will undergo a refurbishment, which will see family-sized rooms updated with ample space for up to six guests and additional amenities such as a kitchenette.

The hotel also will debut a new outdoor courtyard with a rustic timber-frame structure, suggestive of Walter’s sense of beauty in reclaimed wood, adobe brickwork and Mexican artisan tile,. Cordelia’s touch will be seen in the giant fruitless olive trees and festoon lighting, which provide an airy atmosphere for evening cocktails and appetizers, private receptions, events or small gatherings. Executive Chef Shannon Tracewell oversees the culinary team and sources local ingredients to craft a multitude of catered menu options. From small board meetings to seated dinners for over 300 guests, the Knott’s Hotel will offer event spaces for a range of gatherings.

Note: When it debuts this fall, event planners will find a completely transformed programmable meeting space, spread across two floors to more than 20,000 square feet. Each meeting room will be equipped with the latest technology, allowing for integration of computer, video and audio equipment, wireless high-speed internet access and a digital audio/visual system. The highlight of the refreshed space can be found in the ninth-floor ballrooms, which will offer skyline and park views.

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Each room will undergo a transformation with hand-crafted accents and details that embody an upscale farmhouse style (Knott’s Hotel)

Guests will be able to step into a modern version of the farm to experience a new dining concept at Thirty Acres Kitchen and Bar. The name is a nod to the original 30 acres of the Knott’s farm and will have a double-sided wrap-around bar that extends into the lobby. The 300-degree bar will serve locally inspired craft cocktails and small plates. The full-service restaurant menu will offer twists on traditional American cuisine, complete with signature seasonal dishes and menu items connected to the park’s season. The new restaurant concept complements the neighboring Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken Restaurant at Knott’s Marketplace, which serves the legendary fried chicken dinner that started it all back in 1934.

Other property enhancements include a revamped hotel lobby, where guests will be welcomed with warm, rustic textures and decor, including a guest registration wall made of oversized replicas of the farm’s first boysenberry jam jars, filled with fresh flowers and seasonal displays. Guests can relax in the lobby great room filled with a mix of comfortable chairs and seating areas while enjoying the ambiance of a custom-designed grand lantern chandelier made of salvaged glass.

The Pantry, which brews Starbucks coffee, offers quick snacks, pastries and grab-and-go options, is a new addition. Next door is an expanded, renovated gift shop, Berry Place, offering sundries, wearables, sodas and snacks. Other facilities include a fitness center and outdoor pool featuring a renovated pool deck and children’s splash area.

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