By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Quality is coming to Keizer.
Quality Suites, that is.
Keizer Renaissance Inn, which underwent a change of ownership last June, will soon become Keizer Quality Suites and Conference Center. The change is expected to take place in mid- to late-April.
The Renaissance Inn, built in 1997, is currently Keizer’s only hotel. As indicated in last week’s Keizertimes, a new hotel in Keizer Station is expected to be announced soon.
Cameron Stuckart, sales and event coordinator at the Renaissance Inn, said discussions had been going on for a while.
“It was a four or five month process,” Stuckart said. “We didn’t decide on being Quality Suites until recently. We knew it would be a Comfort Hotel, we just didn’t know if it would be a Quality Inn or Quality Suites. It was about trying to find the right fit. We really were just seeing which franchise we fit best with.”
Tina Winge, director of sales and catering, noted plenty is being changed as part of the update.
“There’s a new lobby and new public areas,” Winge said. “We moved the front desk and we added a gift shop. We changed the pool and we changed the breakfast room. We replaced the carpet in the entry with granite tile.”
Stuckart said finishing touches were being put on the pool last week.
“They ground it down to the base and re-cemented it,” he said.
Winge said changes made so far are “the first phases of change,” with the next phase focusing on the guest rooms.
Stuckart said changes were needed to fit with the new name.
“We will have new TVs, carpets, bedding, art and we added walls to make rooms mini suites,” he said. “The only thing that will be the same is stuff already up to quality, like some of the wood furniture. A lot of the stuff in the hotel is the same from the original opening. Mattresses and refrigerators were upgraded over the years, while the carpets in some rooms were redone in 2010.”
The hotel’s rather distinctive pink color will be changed to Quality’s green and brown colors.
Stuckart said the banquet area doesn’t require upgrades, but there will be some updating once all other work is done.
“The main thing is getting the hotel up to its peak,” he said.
Winge said the change means patrons will be able to take advantage of the Choice Privileges Hotel Reward Program.
“There has been very positive response to the changes,” Stuckart said. “With the reward program, people view it as a great benefit.”
Stuckart and Winge both joined the hotel last year and have seen staffing become stable after some early turnover.
“It was about finding the right people for the positions, people who were wanting to turn it into something great,” Stuckart said. “I think the hotel has found its core group of people. We seem to work pretty darn good together. We work together like a family.”
Stuckart hopes the rebranding helps bring more people into Keizer’s downtown area.
“It will be a good thing for Keizer,” he said. “Seeing businesses like Porter’s Pub close, hopefully this will bring Keizer businesses some business.”