Hotel builds out makeover


A rendering of the renovated ballroom at McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek. Courtesy Battle Creek Unlimited

A 16-story hotel in the region is getting a “multi-million-dollar” makeover.

McCamly Plaza Hotel in downtown Battle Creek, which is owned and operated by Grand Heritage Hotel Group, invested more than $6.5 million into 239 room renovations from 2009 and 2012 — and now the hotel is undergoing another multi-phase renovation project, at 50 Capital Ave. SW, according to the hotel group and Battle Creek Unlimited last week.

Hotels generally go through a renovation period every five to seven years, said Robert Holsten, general manager, McCamly Plaza Hotel.

The renovation work began last fall and is primarily being done by Battle Creek-based Schweitzer Construction.

The project

The project includes the hotel’s approximately 17,000 square feet of meeting space, which comprises about 13 rooms, including an 8,000-square-foot ballroom, Holsten said.

“There’s not one piece of the meeting rooms that hasn’t been re-done,” Holsten said.

Holsten said the meeting room work is “wrapping up now.”

The renovation also includes updating the lobby and first-floor corridors and various upgrades across the project: walling, carpet, lighting, sound system, flooring and fixtures.

The lobby work should be completed next month.

The hotel will also renovate the restaurant and bar J.W. Barleycorn's, beginning in the second quarter of this year and wrapping up after six to eight weeks.

Events traffic

Holsten said the renovations have been met with positive feedback by the community.

“Our location is ideally located to accommodate business and leisure travelers,” Holsten said.

Holsten added that the hotel has a “great partnership” with the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau and Kellogg Arena and will be "positioned" as a location for various events that come to town.

“We are committed to downtown Battle Creek and excited to be a part of the continued investments,” said John Cullen, president, Grand Heritage Hotel Group.

Rob Peterson, downtown development director at the nonprofit Battle Creek Unlimited, said that, “Few downtowns in our market have accommodations that can rival what McCamly will offer."

“We’re very excited to see Grand Heritage make the investment,” Peterson said.

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