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Eagle hotels invest in major renovations

Derek Franz

Derek Franz/dfranz@eaglevalleyenterprise.com

EAGLE — Two Eagle hotels are elbow-deep in some major renovations this spring.

The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham at 315 Chambers Ave., and the Eagle Lodge and Suites at 200 Loren Lane, are pretty much adding new everything.

“We have two buildings with 50 rooms each and one building is gutted down to the concrete floor,” said Amy Yandle, general manager of the Eagle Lodge.

Both hotels are under new ownership, which is the reason for the drastic changes.

The Hawthorn Suites was independently operated as the Silver Leaf Suites until recently.

“The property changed ownership in March 2012 and became the Hawthorn in July,” said the hotel’s GM, Richard Tenbraak.

The Eagle Lodge operated as a Best Western from about 1980 up until four years ago, when it came under new owners, Yandle said. The hotel then operated independently until it changed hands again last January.

“We’re going back to our roots and we are franchising out to an upgraded version of Best Western — Best Western Plus,” she said.

Both franchises have brand requirements for levels of service. Tenbraak said that now is also a pretty opportune time to renovate.

“Costs are down and labor is less expensive,” he said.

Naturally, the hotels aim to capitalize on the new events lined up for Eagle this summer, such as the Colorado High School Cycling League State Championship in October, which is expected to bring 500 people to town.

“We are hoping to have a soft opening by mid-summer,” Tenbraak said. “We’re touching just about everything. We’re gutting every guest room, knocking down walls, adding a breakfast area, new TVs and lamps. It’ll take about three to four phases of construction.”

Yandle said these kinds of changes are necessary for survival in the lodging world.

“You really need to do renovations every few years to keep up with competitors, especially when those upvalley are full,” she said.

Yandle said the building getting the first touchups since it was built in the 1970s.

“It doesn’t even have elevators, so we are adding those,” she said.

Even the linens and towels will be new.

“We’re basically starting from scratch,” she said.

The second building of the Eagle Lodge was made in 1999. Yandle said the goal is to have everything finished for the ski season.

Besides the buildings, the Eagle Lodge is adding two outdoor dining areas, horseshoe pits and barbecue grills.

There’s a chance that Eagle residents might benefit from the athletic club upgrades there, too.

“We’re thinking of opening our 85-degree pool to locals,” Yandle said. “A lot of people have asked to use the pool before, so that’s one thing we might do. They like it because it’s inside and warmer than most pools.”

The other Eagle hotels — the AmericInn Lodge and Suites, the Comfort Inn and the Eagle Grand Motel — are doing some smaller projects, such as repainting the walls. The Eagle Grand is adding a breakfast area, something it never had before.

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