The soon-to-be new owners of the Dayton Grand Hotel in downtown Dayton plan to give the hotel a significant makeover that includes restoring a full-service restaurant and rebranding the hotel as a Doubletree by Hilton.
“We’re looking to become the jewel of downtown Dayton,” said Mark Hayward, the hotel’s general manager.
Hayward said the “entire property” will be renovated. “The only thing that will remain the same will be the marble floor in the lobby,” he said. All 184 rooms will be renovated, along with the restaurant, pool, fitness center and banquet facilities.
Sandra Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said having two strong hotels in downtown Dayton — the Crowne Plaza Hotel adjacent to the city’s convention center recently completed an extensive renovation — will help the city attract more conferences and conventions. “This is huge for downtown,” Gudorf said.
Hayward said he did not have a projected cost for the renovation project. “I would describe it as significant,” he said. The project’s timeline is not finalized, but Hayward said he expects the renovations to be complete “perhaps by the end of the year or in January 2014.”
The hotel currently employs 30, but Hayward expects that number to rise to 50 after the project is complete.
The hotel at 11 S. Ludlow St. will become a Doubletree by Hilton franchise owned by the Downtown Lodging Associates LLC and operated by Indianapolis-based Sun Development & Management Corp., which owns 35 hotel properties across the country. Sun Development operates franchise hotels for Marriott, Hilton and Holiday Inn, among others.
Sun Development took over the management of the hotel in April, Hayward said. The renovation project will move forward as soon as a pending ownership change is complete, he said. Montgomery County property records show the property is owned by Alliance Hospitality Group LLC and Prudential Asset Resources based in Dallas, Texas. The hotel property was foreclosed upon in January 2012, according to Montgomery County court records.
A portion of the hotel’s rooms, which include 28 suites, will likely remain open during the renovation project, Hayward said.
The hotel’s operators are contemplating an Italian theme for its restaurant and bar, Hayward said. Plans call for reopening for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also to offer full-service catering and banquet facilities.
Staff Writer Jeremy Kelley contributed to this report.