Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

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Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

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Location: 2900 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL

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Days Inn

Unread post by gatoremt » Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:07 am

Heard on the radio a minute ago that Days Inn bought the old Ramada Inn on N Monroe. Said they plan on have it opened by football season.
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Unread post by UrbanDesign » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:13 am

Yep. Glad the property will be reopened.

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Unread post by LCpro » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:26 am

I believe they mean Football season 2018.

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Unread post by chudan » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:51 am

There have been permits pulled for plumbing and gas in the las coup,e of weeks. Property was sold at end of June. Also, did see some contractor type vehicles out there this past weekend when picking up eats from Cracker Barrel.

Unless someone was keeping the place up, I'm not sure how this could ever be ready for 2017 season. I guess if we see tractor trailers loaded up with mattresses in the next few weeks it might indicate going for 2017.

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Unread post by TallyTownie » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:49 am

This building has been vacant for how long? 2017 football season starts in just about a month. I feel like there is zero chance this is opened by 2017 football season.

The building looks very dated. Maybe as a Days Inn they wont do any major renovations, but if a higher end brand eventually takes over, they will need to do some serious work to make this thing look attractive.

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Unread post by Taco Guapo 2020 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:41 pm

From what I can remember this place was mid renovation when it closed so it should be some minimal paint work and TLC on the inside that should only take about 3 weeks and I seriously doubt that the Days Inn brand cares about curb appeal so exterior work will probably be kept to a minimal. Im gonna bet it becomes a Wyndham Garden sometime next year so the conference space can be used to its full potential. When the Wyndham moves in I assume that's when the dramatic changes will take place.

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Unread post by gatoremt » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:39 am

The main building looks to be in pretty good shape. Some of the back buildings need some work.
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Unread post by downtownster » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:54 am

gatoremt wrote:The main building looks to be in pretty good shape. Some of the back buildings need some work.
Shuttered hotels usually end up with mold problems. Banks hate to let hotels close for this reason. Good luck to them. I remember when they had a comedy club and fairly active bar scene there (minus the hookers).

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Re: Days Inn

Unread post by LCpro » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:23 am

The owners did do their best to keep the property in good condition while it was closed and its not in the shape some other "defunct" hotels were in when bought/torn down. But as said above, after being closed for that long, you almost always have to replace carpet and "sterilize" those rooms. Mold in the bathroom areas is very common. Between that and acquiring every applicable permit and license needed, I just can't see this happening(opening) in less than 90-120 days at best.

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Re: Days Inn

Unread post by gatoremt » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:46 am

I have been in some of the rooms in the back building. Several are open. We post there some times for the shade. Most of the rooms in the back appear to be in good shape others have mold all in them. I hope they have had the air on in the main building or it could be really bad. I don't see how they would have it ready for football season either. But that was what was said on the radio. I am just glad to see something happen to it. I remember its hay days when I was little going to car shows there all the time. I was in the banquet rooms a couple of years back with Florida Commerce. It is a nice piece of property and not sure why it ever closed down.
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Unread post by DMartin » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:13 pm

Well, it doesn't look like they've touched it yet. If they're northern developers, they may not understand the concept of North Florida mold growth and the level of remodeling needed to fix it. I suspect it'll be ready by the end of football season at the earliest.

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Unread post by aidenelliott » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:18 am

Used to work in the hotel industry in town and happened to work with a lot of the former employees of this property. There were quite a few problems with the buildings including the fact that one was "sinking" and need extreme foundation repairs. That's one of the reasons that last company that owned it didn't open a property there. Too many issues and too much $$$ to fix. Should be interesting to see how this unfolds. 

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Unread post by gatoremt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:21 am

DMartin wrote:Well, it doesn't look like they've touched it yet. If they're northern developers, they may not understand the concept of North Florida mold growth and the level of remodeling needed to fix it. I suspect it'll be ready by the end of football season at the earliest.
They were in the lobby working on Tuesday and also working on the A/C. Lots of workers around it. Things are starting.
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Unread post by UrbanDesign » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:31 am

Good news!

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by florida » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:25 pm

There appears to be some work going on within the building but I didn't see a large crew on site to give the impression they are aggressively working to deliver this space any time soon. I don't see much permitting activity beyond what's already been referenced above.

I looked at the other property owned by the same group in Navarre and it appears respectable. I was initially concerned when I heard it would be a Days Inn, but it seems the Days Inn & Suites are a step up which reduced the concern just a tad. I would rather it be a Wyndham hotel as previously said by TacoG2020 above.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by LCpro » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:13 am

I pass by frequently. They've been working for the past two months, mostly interior work. The crew's are usually kind of small. They put up a sign last week that says "opening soon".

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by chudan » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:14 am

In a weird way they got a big break for this football season because of how bad FSU and FAMU have played that has caused out of town attendance to be down.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by Taco Guapo 2020 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:25 pm

Went by a few days ago and they have now open signs out front, checked the days inn website and they are currently taking reservations for around $70 bucks a night kinda high for something that looks to be not even done yet as there are still construction crews on sight and a big brown dumpster is still out front..... Makes me wonder what state of mind management is in.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by florida » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:17 pm

Managers of Days Inn reached out to the website and invited us to tour the new facility. I'm going to drop by today for a tour and I hope to get some photos and a few words online later for you all.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by chudan » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:06 pm

Hey, if you get a chance ask them if there are any plans to fix up the ingress and egress from the whole complex (Days In, Cracker Barrel, other hotels) to avoid outgoing traffic onto Callaway from Hospitality. Hospitality should not have a left turn onto Callaway as it is a traffic accident machine because of its proximity to the intersection with Monroe and the fact its a sharp angle and blind lines of sight. At one time when my wife and I lived near there, there was talk of Hospitality being looped between the Cracker Barrel and the now Days Inn and then through the wooded area west of Days Inn south to Pullen (see map link below). Not sure whatever happened to that plan, but if they start getting heavy traffic back into the Conference Center, they are going to need to get that exiting traffic off of Hospitality by the Monroe intersection or it will only get worse.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.4789637 ... .69z?hl=en

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by florida » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:10 pm

I remember exactly what you were talking about. We should have a diagram of the reconfigured access somewhere on here.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by chudan » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:53 pm

florida wrote:I remember exactly what you were talking about. We should have a diagram of the reconfigured access somewhere on here.
Hopefully they figure it out. Some planner needs to burn in hell for the creation of Hospitality at that location onto Callaway with about 10 yards to Monroe.....at a sharp 45 deg angle.....down a steep hill.....with really really bad sight lines....immediately off the ramp lane.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by DMartin » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:22 pm

I also hope they remove that side entrance for the Shell station when they rebuild it. You wouldn't believe how many people leave Monroe, take a right onto Pullen and then try to make a left into the Shell. Of course, traffic is blocking it which means traffic is backed up behind the idiot trying to squeeze through.

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Re: Days Inn & Suites & Conference Center - N Monroe

Unread post by florida » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:09 pm

I drove by today and decided it would not be in anyone's best interest for me to pursue a tour at this time. The property is virtually unchanged from before, there are paper signs covering the old signage. It did not give the impression of any major improvements what-so-ever. I just don't want to be in the position of embarrassing them with photos or comments, or being asked to stretch the truth about the readiness of this place.

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