Lodge Renovation Approved
April 16, 2014
One year from now, probably the best-known hotel in the Quad Cities will re-open, completely renovated, and with a new name and new owners. Tuesday night, the Bettendorf city council approved a development agreement for The Lodge, formerly Jumers.
The current manager, Ray Stoddard, says the sale from an investment group called Quad City Lodging Partners to another group, Spruce Hills Investment Partners, should close within three months. Construction would start in August, with completion by next March, and its transformation into a Double Tree by Hilton.
"This property in its prime was the strongest performing hotel in the Quad City market. And we believe that with a complete renovation, we'll return it to be one of the strongest players in the market again."
But he emphasizes the "look" will change completely - gone will be the "old world elegance" that dates back to when it opened originally in 1973.
"In today's world, with the corporate market, there's just not an interest in that old world feel. And in order to be competitive going forward, it's going to have to be a contemporary design and that's what we're going to do."
Stoddard says The Lodge now has 70 to 80 full and part-time employees, but when it re-opens as a Double Tree by Hilton next year there will be nearly 200. And it'll have 180 rooms, instead of the current 210, because some will be converted into suites.
(photo courtesy of The Lodge)