GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Following three years in bank receivership after a previous owner went into foreclosure, the Ramada Inn of Glenwood Springs has a new owner along with plans for some sprucing up around the place.
Colorado Hospitality, a Denver-based group that owns most of the Wyndham hotel properties in Colorado and 48 properties altogether throughout the country, took ownership of the local Ramada in early December.
Although the property had been in bank ownership for the past three years, it has continued to operate under a local management team including Van Sea, director of sales, and general manager Kevin Campbell.
Both Sea and Campbell are longtime employees of the Ramada, dating back to the previous owners.
But, according to Sea, the uncertainty of ownership has meant that some things had to be put on hold in the way of upgrades to the 120-room hotel and conference center, located in north Glenwood at 124 W. Sixth St.
“We’ve probably done more since December than we’ve been able to do in four years,” Sea said of some minor changes to the property. “It’s good to have owners who care about the property and want to make improvements.”
Even bigger plans are in the works, including an announcement this spring of a franchise restaurant that will move into the downstairs restaurant and bar space, he said.
“We’ll probably be able to make an announcement in the next 90 days,” Sea said.
Plans also include upgrades to the guest rooms, including replacing the old television sets with new flat screen TVs, Campbell said.
“We will also be remodeling the lobby, the front desk area and the downstairs,” Campbell said. “All of the rooms are ready to renovate, we’re just waiting for the guys to get here.”
Most of the work will take place during the spring shoulder season. The hotel will remain open, though half of each floor in the two-story hotel will be out of commission at any given time during the construction, he said.
Added Sea, “We will be trying to get everything accomplished by May, so that we are ready for the summer season.”
The downstairs banquet rooms, which have traditionally hosted a variety of events ranging from political gatherings to the annual Glenwood Springs Art Guild Fall Art Festival, will also be renovated, he said.
The Ramada Inn was first built in the late 1970s as a condominium development, and operated for a short time as the Hotel Glenwood Springs before becoming a Ramada Inn in the 1980s under longtime former owner Klaus Schattleitner.
More recently, the hotel was owned by Glenwood Hospitality, which included a group of owners out of Kansas City, up until the foreclosure action.
“We are very excited about all of the changes that are coming, and look forward to inviting everyone for a grand opening when things are finished,” Sea said.