West Shore Chamber welcomes new hotel to Westlake

The former Holiday Inn on Crocker Road underwent a major renovation and has reopened as a Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Photo by Denny Wendell

Over the course of 14 months and several million dollars, the hotel at the corner of Crocker and Clemens roads has gotten back its gleam. The transformation of the former Holiday Inn into a Doubletree by Hilton was ceremoniously completed July 10 with a ribbon cutting and open house event.

“When this hotel originally came into Westlake, it truly was the jewel of the West Side. It is again!” Mayor Dennis Clough exclaimed, before thanking the hotel’s ownership group for reinvesting in the city.

The building underwent a total renovation of the lobby, 267 guest rooms and 11,000 square feet of event space. The public areas feature contemporary design elements marked by neutral color tones, dark wood and stonework. Framed artwork celebrating Cleveland’s culture and landmarks can be seen throughout the lobby. A highlight of the transformation is the debut of the new Sanctuary Restaurant, led by local celebrity chef Chris Hodgson.

Hotel management expects to add 40 new jobs when the facility reaches normal occupancy in a few months. Another 20 jobs were transferred to Westlake when Twin Tier Hospitality, which manages the Doubletree property, relocated its corporate headquarters from Pennsylvania.

“For me as an owner, it’s always my number one priority to make sure we add good quality jobs,” said Satish Duggal, Twin Tier CEO and president.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.21.2015