EVERETT — The Holiday Inn Downtown Everett, long the biggest hotel in town, has been sold to a Bellingham group that plans to completely renovate it and reopen it as a Delta by Marriott.
Hollander Hospitality purchased the hotel at 2105 Pine St. in June for $15.5 million from Bellevue-based Wapo Investments, according to Snohomish County assessor’s office records.
“Delta is an upscale brand in the Marriott company,” said Eno Spina-Denson, Hollander’s corporate director of sales and marketing. “It’s definitely more than a small renovation of the property.”
The renovation is expected to begin early next year and the hotel will be closed. The hotel will reopen next summer. Hollander filed a notice last month with the state that it plans to lay off 84 employees.
“There unfortunately won’t be any work for them,” Spina-Denson said.
The hotel, which opened in 1981 and is just off I-5, currently has 243 guestrooms. The remodel will reduce that number to 230.
The hotel will continue to have more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space that includes a 7,000-square-foot ballroom. Other amenities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and fitness center.
Amy Spain, the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau’s executive director, said she recently met with a Hollander representative at a trade show. She said he told her the Hollander group was excited about operating a hotel in Everett.
“I hear really good things about them,” she said.
Hollander owns six other hotels around the Northwest from Portland to Seattle. The company was founded in 1970 by Mike Hollander as a property development company, according to its website.
After building 100 homes and three apartments complexes in Whatcom County, Hollander built the Best Western Heritage Inn in Bellingham in 1984 and owned it until selling the property in 2012.
The sale of the Holiday Inn is just another change in the hotel scene in Everett. An eight-story, 156-room Courtyard by Marriott opened last month at 3003 Colby Ave. in downtown. The six-story Hampton Inn opened two years ago at 2931 W. Marine View Drive, adding 122 rooms overlooking Port Gardner Bay.
People who want to book groups or events at the new Delta by Marriott can contact the Hollander sales and marketing office at email@example.com or by calling 425-339-2000.
Jim Davis: 425-339-3097; firstname.lastname@example.org.