MAYFIELD, Ohio — Nearly two years after renovations began at the Mayfield Village Holiday Inn, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate its new look.
Spark Hotels President Amit Patel would not disclose how much was spent on the work, which took place both outside and inside the hotel, 780 Beta Drive. Speaking of the work carried out on the 49-year-old building, which has undergone its first full renovation, Patel said: ‘Basically there are new exterior walls, windows and parapet.
As for the interior, he said, “There’s brand new decor,” explaining that each of the hotel’s 108 rooms has been upgraded, as has the appearance of Alfredo’s at the Inn restaurant inside the building. .
When the renovation works began, in October 2020, the country was in the throes of the COVID pandemic, which made it a dead time for the hotel business. Still, that’s when Spark Hotels, which owns five hotels in the Greater Cleveland area, felt it was best to begin renovations. Patel said he believed the hospitality industry would return and wanted to be ready.
“The opportunity in our market, the timing, was so right for us to take advantage of renovation before we come out of COVID and the pandemic,” he said, “because leisure and business are coming back to a different level, so we were able to capitalize on taking share from our competitors with a new product. That’s what makes this so unique for us. And the location, proximity to places of business and leisure – it’s that’s what makes this project unique.
“After COVID, we saw a dramatic increase in business coming back,” Patel said. “It has a lot to do with the business and our weekend leisure activities, our events and our sports teams. Fortunately, we were able to accommodate many of these people with a brand new product. »
Spark Hotels had only owned the Holiday Inn for about a year before beginning renovations.
Mayor Brenda Bodnar attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and was thrilled to see the renovated hotel, which employs about 50 part-time and full-time staff, look refreshed.
“As far back as I can remember, it’s been a great anchor for our community,” Bodnar said of the Holiday Inn. “We have always loved the Holiday Inn and especially Alfredo’s. It has been a gathering place and watering hole for villagers for years and years.
“So for the new owners to come and do so many major renovations and make it beautiful, while keeping its spirit and keeping it as one of our favorite places in Mayfield Village, it’s very important for the community. We are glad they did. We are very grateful.
Mayfield Economic Development Manager John Marquart worked with Spark Hotels on the project. He said the work was initially expected to take 12 to 14 months, but, in addition to COVID, obtaining the necessary materials also presented a challenge.
As for the finished project, Marquart said: “The village is pleased to have played a part in this very important renovation project which positions the property for success in the years and decades to come. The complete exterior and interior renovation touched literally every square inch and every room of the hotel, as well as the banquet halls and the longtime village favorite, Alfredo’s at the Inn.”
As for the bigger picture, Patel said of Spark Hotels, “We’re taking our business to a different level and investing in hotels in the northeast region of Ohio.”
To learn more about what the Sparks Hotel is doing and to see photos from the September 8 grand opening at the Holiday Inn, visit the Spark Hotels Facebook Page.
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