Hotel checks out $1M new look
A $1 million hotel renovation is finished after four months of hard work.
The result of that work is something Robert Taylor, general manager of the Hampton Inn Muskegon, is quite eager to show off.
The renovation of the hotel, at 1401 E. Ellis Rd., focused on the guest rooms, fitness room and lobby space.
The guest room renovations included new carpeting and accent wall paint, lighting, drapery and a tile entryway. The bathrooms in each guest room also received granite countertops and tile floors, as well as updated lighting.
One of the most major changes was the relocation and upgrading of the hotel’s fitness center.
The new Jump Start Fitness Center now offers an expanded selection of cardio equipment, free weights and a strength-training machine.
Taylor added that “major changes were made to our lobby and breakfast area to bring it in line with the Hampton Inn standard of a ‘Perfect Mix Lobby,’” Taylor said.
“We changed the configuration of our breakfast serving area, as well as adding new wall coverings, accent lighting, tile flooring and new cabinetry to match the look of our remodeled welcome desk.”
Most of the hotel’s changes were requested by Hilton Hotels, which controls the Hampton Brand, Taylor said. The hotel recently completed a transfer of ownership from Hospitality Specialists, which continues to manage the property, to HSS Muskegon Hotel.
“After a change of ownership, Hilton Worldwide will evaluate the hotel and determine what changes need to be made to make sure the property is up to date with current brand standards,” Taylor said.
The renovation is the first major upgrade of the hotel since it first opened in 1999, Taylor believes.
The project’s general contractor was Port City Construction of Muskegon, and work was also completed by West Coast Interiors of Muskegon and Grand Haven-based CertaPro Painters.
"The reaction to the upgrades has been overwhelmingly positive,” Taylor said. “Our guests, while they had to put up with a lot of dust during the process, have been very receptive to the new look and feel of the hotel.
“Many really appreciate the warmth of the colors and materials used. Business has been strong since the completion of the renovation work, and we are looking forward to a very positive year in 2014.”