While ownership of the Sunset Hills Holiday Inn officially changed hands last week, renovations to convert the 'Viking' into a Route 66 destination have already begun.
The hotel is expected to finish its conversion to Holiday Inn Route 66 by spring 2013, sales manager Jana Wilkey said.
New carpeting and wallpaper have already been installed in some hallways, and a renovation on the lobby bar is almost complete. Work is in progress on the grand ballroom, which is waiting for new light fixtures, Wilkey said.
A new entrance and upgrades to individual rooms are slated to begin in mid-January, she added.
The general manager of the adjoining Mile 277 believes the hotel's renovation will have positive effects on business. The restaurant is known for its motorcycle-themed decor, which Nate Kirt said also ties into the Route 66 theme.
No plans have been finalized, but Kirt said the restaurant and hotel are entertaining partnering on select events--and possibly hosting a charity event in the hotel's grand ballroom.
"I think it will help the two businesses work better together," he said.
View more photos of the hotel's most recent renovations on their Facebook page.
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