Four Points by Sheraton welcomed community members and leaders to its newly renovated hotel in Eastlake this week, celebrating the grand opening with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The hotel at 35000 Curtis Blvd., next to SOM Center Road and Route 2, was recently renovated under its new ownership. Everything from the ballroom to the restaurant to individual rooms was either remodeled or redesigned.
“We touched every single aspect of this hotel,” said Mahesh Pampati, part of the hotel’s ownership. “We took out all those old, big windows (and) replaced it with much slimmer, energy-efficient windows; did a whole new stucco. The building is now much more energy-efficient and it looks way different from what it ever looked like in the past.”
One focus of the renovations was to make the lobby a community-oriented space.
“Our lobby was completely gutted down to the studs,” Pampati said. “There used to be rooms back here (by the bar), we got rid of those rooms. We kind of decreased our room count but expanded our lobby. What we wanted to do is create a place to gather.”
He mentioned that the lobby features a library with books and board games. It’s also openly connected to the bar.
“We want our guests to really come and enjoy time in this lobby, and that’s something that wasn’t there before,” Pampati said.
Four Points administration and owners hope to make the hotel a primary location for business events and gatherings. The hotel has been open as Four Points since Dec. 10, according to Pampati.
“We have one of the largest conference centers in Lake County,” he said. “We want to bring meetings here, we want to bring businesses here; major conferences… I think one of the premier event places now in Lake County is our fully-renovated ballroom.”
At the grand opening, Eastlake city officials and Lake County leaders gathered with community members to tour the facility, enjoy food and connect with hotel staff.
Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley told attendees that the city will continue working with the owners to help their investment grow and bring businesses to the hotel.