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Have you noticed? Palm trees in Austintown

Published: Sat, July 12, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.


Palm trees in Austintown?

The tropical flora that surrounds Hotel California has raised the eyebrows of passers-by for weeks.

But the trees are only the first hint that the new hotel is a long way from the usual.

When it opens in September, Hotel California will be a resort destination. It’s designed to take advantage of its proximity to the new racino — Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course — that will open in November about a half-mile away.

Hotel California is designed with Southern California style and ambiance. A reincarnation of the former Economy Inn budget motel, the hotel sits amid the neon-lit travel oasis along state Route 46 near the Interstate 80 interchange.

It is the brainchild of owner Sebastian Rucci, a Poland attorney who once operated an adult club on the property. The structure has been gutted and is currently undergoing a $4.5 million renovation.

It’s on pace for a grand opening in mid-September.

The hotel today bears no signs of any of its past lives.

First, there are the aforementioned palm trees. The 100 trees — both inside and outside — come with a price tag of $120,000.

Read more about this unusual transformation in Sunday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1DACOUNTRYBOY(1264 comments)posted 2 years ago

Will Sebastian be bringing the girls back and have hourly rates?

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2kleener(52 comments)posted 2 years ago

Did you see all 15 or so of those girls when they were arrested? People pay money for that?? Really???

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3topper11(733 comments)posted 2 years ago

I heard he was getting some sheep for the county Boys . So they will feel at home

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4patrickhm(27 comments)posted 2 years ago

The first wager this resort should make is predicting the first frost of the season. That will spell a certain doom for the over $100,000 spent on planting palm trees around the property. 20 years ago some goofball came up with the bright idea of planting tropical plants around his restaurant and they were dead before the first snowflakes of winter. It's a rather fitting metaphor for an area that continues to embarrass itself time and time again.

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5topper11(733 comments)posted 2 years ago

You just can not fix stupid . THEY ARE not REAL !!!!!

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