SALT LAKE CITY — A $4.5 million renovation of the Hampton Inn, 425 S. 300 West, is nearly finished.
The hotel marked the close of nearly eight months of construction with a public open house Tuesday "to let our clients see the difference in the old rooms and the new rooms," and to celebrate the end of construction, said Sharon Larwerh, director of operations at the downtown hotel.
Hampton Inn manager Joe Bessette said the hotel was renovated to renew the franchise license.
"Hampton came in and did an inspection and said, 'To renew the license, this is what you need to complete,'" Bessette said.
Workers began updating the outside of the hotel in August and started on the hotel's 158 rooms in October, Bessette said.
The renovations should be completed next week, he said. Construction was scheduled to end April 1, but Bessette said normal construction delays pushed that date back.
The changes were all based on the hotel chain's Forever Young Initiative.
Bessette said the goal of the initiative is "to bring our 20-year-old hotel so it compares favorably to a newly built Hampton."
At Tuesday's open house, signs in rooms boasted new amenities such as faster internet and conveniently placed charging outlets with USB plug-ins.
Structural changes were also made.
"The bathroom area used to be very small," Bessette said. "It was a little corner vanity."
The bathroom in each room now has a sliding barn door, which allows for a full-length vanity.
Larwerh said feedback from those who have stayed in the new rooms has been positive.
Only the rooms and exterior were renovated because the first floor of the hotel was updated two years ago, Bessette said.
Larwerh said hotel management was not sure whether nightly rates would increase.