January 2018 Update: Hotel Transformation Delayed Due to Village Inaction
Due to the uncertainty and lack of direction by the Village of Bloomingdale on the direction for the New Indian Lakes, the hotel transformation project has been indefinitely delayed. The hotel is operating as an independent hotel once again.
Read our recent letter to Mayor Coladipietro, Village Trustees and Village Manager Scalera explaining why this decision was necessary. The Indian Lakes team is prepared to make this multimillion dollar investment investment in Bloomingdale and deliver a refocused hotel that meets the needs and expectations of area travelers. However, before that investment can occur, the Village must initiate public discussions about the future of the overall Indian Lakes property.
The golf course, meeting center and spa are permanently closed. Parts of the property are ready for demolition.
Read the January 15, 2018 letter to the Village here.
First ILR, LLC, owners of Indian Lakes, has reached an agreement to bring a Doubletree By Hilton® to Bloomingdale and spent the past several months securing the financing to compete the $5.1 million transformation. With the financing in place, work can begin shortly and hotel officials expect the conversion to take several months. The hotel will operate during the transformation.
“DoubleTree is an upscale brand of full-service hotel that business travelers and families know and value,” said Bob Habeeb, president of First Hospitality Group, Inc., management company for First ILR, LLC. “These changes will ensure that the Indian Lakes hotel remains part of the Bloomingdale community for years to come.”
While the iconic architectural character of the hotel’s facade will remain largely untouched, the lobby, restaurant, banquet space, spa and guest rooms will be substantially improved and modernized. As part of the renovations, 35 rooms will be eliminated to make room for larger suites and meeting space. There will be a total of 12,000 square feet of meeting space in the remodeled hotel.
“This agreement is a testament to the difficult, but necessary decisions we’ve made to make the hotel relevant to today and tomorrow’s traveler,” continues Habeeb. “Refocusing the property from a sprawling golf resort to a DoubleTree focused on the local Bloomingdale market ensures that the hotel can continue as a viable business.”
The existing franchise agreement expired in 2017 and was not renewable. Based on the historical financial performance of the resort, no upscale resort brand was interested in signing a new agreement.