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May 8, 2013

Danville Inn transforms into Motel 6

DANVILLE — The Danville Inn & Convention Center, formerly Ramada Inn, off Lynch Road is being transformed again.

The hotel at 388 Eastgate Drive is now a Motel 6.

Owner Joe Patel, with his wife Tina, had a grand opening Wednesday for the first phase of hotel renovations. They have owned the hotel for four and a half years.

“We are excited,” Tina said.

They hope future guests at the hotel have a good experience.

“We provide a decent rate to the local community, travelers and visitors,” Joe said about the room rates starting at around $44 a night.

About 38 hotel rooms have been updated of the approximately 120 total rooms

The main building, where the front desk and lobby, bar and banquet space had been, is closed for the time being. Patel hopes to entice a restaurant to come to the property, such as a Denny’s, and he wants to re-open the building again for banquets.

A new office and lobby area is now located in one of the hotel room buildings to the right of the former main building. This is the only renovated building so far, which includes new windows.

“We are doing it in phases,” Joe said about the renovations. “We’ve worked hard to get the job done right.”

The 38 renovated rooms have new bathrooms and shower facilities, in addition to televisions and free WiFi. Some also have king beds and pull-out couches. The indoor pool, with a hot tub, will open soon. There also is a fitness room.

Joe Patel said the couple wanted to be a Motel 6 hotel because Motel 6 has the lowest rates compared to other national franchises.

“I like their concept,” Joe said, about Motel 6 offering good prices for guests.

The hotel has six staff members. They are still hiring more people, Tina Patel said.

Ward 7 Alderman Steve Foster, who set up the business’ website, said the hotel serves a local function including to house construction crews and other business persons.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said he was “so excited to see the lights on,” referring to Motel 6’s motto of “We’ll leave the light on for you.”

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