Downtown Santa Rosa’s stately Empire Building, a sentinel overlooking Courthouse Square for 111 years, elicits all sorts of memories. But as a new luxury boutique hotel, it will no longer ring a bell.
The antique, four-faced, domed, on-again off-again clock atop the landmark, about to be reborn as Hotel E, is once again keeping time. But the hoteliers have had the top-of-the-hour bell strike disarmed.
“It’s quite loud,” said Vern Lakusta, general manager of the 71-room hotel that could open as soon as Monday. “Guests, in their sleep, don’t want to be hearing that.”