With a bridge, roads, a train station and hotel and commercial developments all under construction nearby in downtown Moline, the Radisson Hotel on John Deere Commons has wrapped up its own extensive remodeling project.
The $2.9 million renovation, which began in January, was unveiled Tuesday at an open house and reopening celebration.
"There's a lot of new product in the market with all the hotels that have opened or are opening," said David Yordy, the Radisson's general manager. "We've always performed well in this market, and we wanted to make sure we continue to perform well. There is a lot of competition."
The project included a complete makeover of the hotel's lobby, including opening up and renovating the breakfast room into a great room concept. New carpeting, tile flooring, furniture, lighting and decor have been added to the spacious lobby and each of the 163 guest rooms.
"This place looked good before, it's phenomenal now," he added. "We're pretty proud of it."
The project team included the Cuhlmann Group, St. Louis, which designed the public areas; Matchline Design Group, Dallas, the room designer: and general contractor Coast to Coast Renovations, Los Angeles, which hired much of the skilled labor locally.
"It was amazing how patient the guests were," he said. Since January, construction crews have renovated the lobby from top to bottom and remodeled 30 guest rooms (one floor) at a time in the six-story hotel.
Yordy said it marks the second remodeling project since the current ownership group, California-based Amin Group, took over the hotel in 2009. Located at 1415 River Drive, the Radisson is next door to the newly renamed Taxslayer Center, formerly the iWireless Center. The hotel opened in 1997, just four years after the center, which was first known as Mark of the Quad-Cities.
According to Yordy, the renovations have bumped up the hotel's guest satisfaction ratings among customers. "Our scores were good before, but they had an uptick right away."
The hotel is one of three major investments in downtown Moline by the Amin Group. The group is building the new Element Hotel as part of The Q train station. It also is an investor in the 5&15 Apartments, a new market-rate apartment building opened in the former Chase Bank Building. The Element, an extended stay hotel, will be managed separately from the Radisson and is expected to open Jan. 15, Yordy said.
"Mike (Amin) is a big fan of Moline. He's really taken Moline in," he said of the Amin Group's principal.
Radisson is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, based in Minneapolis. The Moline property and the future Element are managed by C-Two Hotel Group, a San Francisco-based management company.