We are a family owned, 148-room hotel, located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, only 40 miles from the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park. The hotel was originally built in 1967 by Jerry Buss, a major real estate developer and owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. It quickly became THE place to stay and a favorite getaway for many Hollywood stars. Every day we learn more stories of the history held in these walls, like stories of John Wayne, the “Rat Pack” and Jerry Lewis hanging out in Duke’s Bar, cracking jokes and drinking scotch until the wee hours of the morning.
The Hotel had several owners over the years. Over time, it became rundown and eventually became a Rodeway Inn, until it was acquired by the Demetriades Family. They fell in love with Mammoth and its wonderful community. The hotel and two restaurants, on the six acre property, were slated to be torn down, until the couple decided to preserve its history, and embarked on an ambitious renovation. Most of the renovation was completed by December, 2009. We are now renovating again starting in the summer of 2012. The Demetriades Family is doing a multi-million dollar renovation project all throughout the property, inside and out, including our new Greek seafood restaurant called Jimmy’s Taverna, which will be opening up in the late fall of 2012.
Jim Demetriades, its current owner, invented a computer industry standard for software integration. His software is used by many of the largest companies and hospitals around the world. He sold his public company in 2004 to concentrate on raising five children with his wife, Nancy.
Nancy was a working actress in the 80’s. She starred in several feature films, television films, and guest starred in many television shows. Her more recent experience in interior design came in handy as she and Jim were solely responsible for every detail of the hotel and restaurant renovation.
The couples’ goal is to provide a place for the community to gather and meet as well as a place for their out-of-town guests to call their “home in the mountains”.