More hotel action on Second Street
Hotel action keeps bubbling up in the cauldron of Rochester's Second Street Southwest.
The latest flurry of activity is at the Staybridge Suites at 1211 Second St. S.W., across from Saint Marys Hospital.
With an investment "north of $1 million," the 83-suite hotel is a getting a top to bottom "refresh" treatment, says Blake Hoffman of South Dakota-based Blue Mountain Development, which manages the hotel as well as the neighboring Fiksdal Hotel.
Both hotels are owned by Blue Stem Capital of Sioux Fall, S.D., and Glen Fiksdal of Rochester.
"It is a pretty major renovation. We're replacing all of the carpet, drapes and bedspreads. We're installing new flooring in kitchen area in the rooms," says Hoffman. "We're redoing the popcorn-style ceilings with a more modern look."
Beside upgrading the guest rooms, the project also extends to remodeling the lobby and business center with new flooring and new furniture.
"We're done with the fourth floor and we're starting on the third floor," he says.
The hotel will remain open throughout the work. Hoffman estimates that the work will wrap up in October.
"The property is 10 years old. It's time to do this," he says.
Following the facelift, another big change could be coming. A possible brand change is being discussed, although it will probably be a few months before that is finalized.
Hoteliers are showing increased interest in Rochester and Second Street Southwest.
Earlier this week, plans were announced for the coming construction of a new seven-story Homewood Suites by Hilton extended-stay hotel next to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in the 1300 block of Second Street.
An 85-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened last month not far from the site of the proposed Homewood hotel. Across the street, the former Blondell Hotel recently underwent an extensive remodel and was re-branded as the Brentwood on 2nd.
Across from Saint Marys Hospital, a cluster of properties including the Bell Tower Inn sold earlier this month. The new owners have not yet announced any plans, but many are speculating that the area will be redeveloped with a new hotel, possibly mixed with retail.