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Holiday Inn on Newtown Pike to become a Clarion

The Holiday Inn Lexington at 1950 Newtown Pike will complete its change to Clarion on Dec. 10. The 300-room hotel was built in 1966.
The Holiday Inn Lexington at 1950 Newtown Pike will complete its change to Clarion on Dec. 10. The 300-room hotel was built in 1966.

The Holiday Inn on Newtown Pike will become a Clarion hotel effective Dec. 10, completing a brand change that was expected after the hotel was sold earlier this year.

"It was one of the best fits," the hotel's general manager, Melissa McGuire, said of the Choice Hotel brand Clarion, noting the few Clarion hotels in and around Kentucky. She said it wasn't an option to remain a Holiday Inn because the chain favors hotels with three or more stories; her hotel is two.

"We were built in '66, so there are some things that just can't be done," she said.

The 300-room hotel's ownership, H.I. Partners LLC, has poured $1 million into renovations and updates so far. Those include new carpets, the conversion of a few rooms into an additional suite and new movable partitions in meeting rooms. The hotel's restaurant also has changed from The Post to Cortland's Southern Kitchen and features a new menu and patio.

McGuire said more renovations and additions, including new bedding, are coming in the next several months.

The investor group that owns the hotel also has properties in Michigan, Louisiana and Costa Rica. The hotel was built by the late Roy Winegardner, a pioneer in the hotel industry and a former chief executive and chairman of Holiday Inns Inc.

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