Thanks in part to help from Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development, the Enchanted Castle in Regent is now open. The entrance to the hotel looks like a castle, complete with a draw bridge. The theme is carried throughout the hotel’s décor.
The Enchanted Highway purchased what used to be the Regent school for $66,000 and transformed it into the 23-unit medieval castle-themed hotel.
“The rooms are very unique,” said Ken Davis, RCRC Community Development. “I encourage people to stop in.”
Each room is a “mini suite” complete with a sitting area. Some of the rooms even have hot tubs.
“It’s one of the better hotels for room-size,” Greff said. “Ninety percent of hotels don’t have a bar/sitting area. In that way we made it unique.”
Davis partnered with the North Dakota Development Fund’s tourism fund to provide$120,900 for equipment and room furnishings for the Enchanted Castle. Using the Economic Development Administration Program, he helped secure a $60,450 loan for the project and the tourism fund provided a matching loan in June, 2011.
Gary’s brother, Don Greff designed and renovated the building with many others pitching in. Silent partners also put funding and sweat equity into it.
“We did all the brick laying, tile laying and the whole works,” Gary Greff said.
They had hoped to be open for hunting season in 2011, but caught a few snags. What was originally estimated to be a $300,000 to $400,000 project, came out with a $500,000 price tag, Davis said. Investors and stakeholders have covered what the loans have not, Greff said.
“Due to water and sewer issues, logistics and construction taking longer than anticipated,the opening date was delayed until May,” Davis said.
The Enchanted Castle is designed for tourism lodging, but they want to capitalize on the oil industry as well, Davis said. Long-term stay rates are available.
Greff will not remodel the older portion of the school into medieval–themed hotel rooms unless occupancy picks up, he said.
“It doesn’t pay to put 20 more rooms up if we can’t fill 19,” he said.
Greff also hopes to construct an area to house a dinner theater for guests to enjoy.