The hotel which was owned and operated by Nels & Elizabeth Helgeson, opened its doors December 22, 1924, with dedication ceremonies January 30, 1925. It was to be a place where guests could experience a singular combination of world-class service, palatial splendor, and inviting warmth. Yet just beyond its doors was all the entertainment, commerce, and natural beauty that downtown OROFINO had to offer.
Fifty-eight rooms accommodated Orofino’s visitors, each with hot and cold running water and steam heat. Twelve rooms on the second floor had private bathrooms. Rooms were $1.00 per day with a monthly rate of $15.00.
As you entered the hotel from Johnson Avenue, a large lobby greeted you on the right, which soon became a community gathering place.