The Days Inn has a new owner and will be seeing some big changes in the next few weeks, as it has been purchased. The new owner of the hotel is Mikaya Hotel Ventures Inc. It’s a new company that owns two other Days Inns. The parent company is Stampeders Inn (1990 Ltd) based out of Calgary.
“Right now we have two existing days Inns, one in Cochrane and one in Calgary NW,” Joe Komaric, vice president, said. “The one that we have in Calgary NW we’ve just done a $2.3 – 2.4 million renovation to the property.”
He said the Cochrane property is small market, but is rated number one, while the Calgary one is rated 35 for that area.
The purchase of the Cranbrook Days Inn took place on May 28.
“We purchased this hotel and plan to do a $1.5 million renovation,” Komaric said. “So everything from top to bottom is going to be done.”
Komaric said an opportunity arose to purchase the property and so the company did. It is also at a close enough proximity to Calgary that it is no problem to keep an eye on from the bigger centre.
The food and beverage services in the building are being closed down.
The renovations will be quite extensive, but short of a full teardown.
“We’re redoing the roof, the HVAC systems, and the lobby will definitely get a facelift,” he said. “We’re kind of going towards a mountain look, like you’d see in Banff, with the oversized furniture. We’re going to put in a fireplace, big screen TV in the lobby. And we’re going to redo the front desk.”
He said that most of the rooms are in good shape and won’t need much work, but the bathrooms on the third floor will be redone. All of the rooms will get new case goods.
Komaric said the swimming pool will also be refinished, as well as the courtyard being redone. The hot tub will be closed down for the time being. The property will also be repainted.
“So it will look pretty good when it’s done,” he said.
The hotel will remain open as the renovations are completed. He said that should take about six weeks.
“We’ll close off the third floor, get it up and running, then close down the second. So we do it in stages. We work our way down.”
The existing hotel staff will stay on.
“We’ll probably go through a little bit more staff training,” he said. “Obviously you want your operation to run similarly to your other operations.”
He said they hope to give the other hotels a run for their money.
“I think this hotel has been over looked,” Komaric said. “It is in need of some TLC, but we’ll restore it back to a nice hotel again.”
He also noted the breakfast room will be moved into the banquet room.
“We’ll be featuring a breakfast in here each morning and it will be a lot bigger and brighter,” he said.