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WARREN Park Hotel to become Comfort Inn



Published: Thu, May 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



New owners hope the hotel's restaurant will reopen.

WARREN -- The city's 100-year-old landmark hotel has been sold to two brothers who plan to invest $350,000 in renovations over the next few months.

Ajit and Himasho Patel closed the deal on the Park Hotel this week after more than six months of negotiation with the former owner, Kleese Development Associates of Warren.

Ajit Patel of Massillon declined to disclose the purchase price of the hotel, which has struggled for business in recent years.

Part of chain

After interior renovations are complete, Patel said the hotel will be re-branded a Comfort Inn.

By flying the Comfort Inn flag, Patel says the hotel will benefit from the chain's reservation system and attract more corporate travelers.

"Franchises are held to a standard, so the general population can trust a good flag," he said.

He said he will ask city permission to hang a 4- by 10-foot Comfort Inn sign on the side of the building.

The hotel, on Courthouse Square, will remain open during renovations, which are to include new paint, wallpaper and carpet in all the rooms.

The hotel was last refurbished in 1988 for $2.3 million.

Historical look

"We are going to keep the historical look," said Patel, who will personally manage the property.

Staff at the hotel will remain the same, he said.

The new owners hope to find a company willing to lease and operate the restaurant and bar in the basement, which have been vacant for several years, Patel said.

The Patel brothers own three other hotels, two of which are Comfort Inns.




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