published on September 7, 2016 - 10:28 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
A new Days Inn has revitalized a vacant motel space on Blackstone Avenue near Bullard Avenue in Fresno.

The previous Knights Inn location was acquired by NNP Investment’s Nick Patel, who transformed the dilapidated property into a state-of-the-art mid-priced hotel with the usual comforts of a Days Inn with a few upgraded extras.

Intended to serve the leisure traveler on their way to Yosemite National Park as well as business professionals, the hotel’s 56 renovated rooms each have two double beds as well as luxuries not commonly seen in the average Days Inn, including 50-inch flat screen televisions, Keurig coffee makers and high-end quartz countertops in the restroom.

Guests also receive a full breakfast with their stay. Other property amenities include a fitness center and laundry area.

Revamping the site was a challenge, Patel said, as maintenance on the property was deferred for some time. While each room was remodeled with high-end finishes, much of the expense came from unseen work, like filling in the old green pool, adding parking spaces behind the building where three abandoned houses used to sit, and updating the electrical system. The only thing remaining from the original property is the bones, as each room was gutted down to the studs.

“This whole project was not inexpensive,” Patel said. “We may have bought the hotel for an okay price but we didn’t sacrifice a dollar anywhere. I never put out a product I can’t be happy with.”

Hotel broker Roger Story said the property has changed hands at least three times in the last 40 years and this is by far the best condition he’s seen it in.

“They put a couple million dollars into it and really updated everything,” Story said. “They have really renovated this place and given it a fresh new look. It is the nicest Days Inn I’ve seen.”

The hotel began welcoming guests in mid-July and has seen 50 percent occupancy rates although its official grand opening is not until this month. Patel expects more guests once the Days Inn is live on booking sites like Expedia and Hotels.com.

“We’ll start seeing a big push in the next couple of weeks,” Patel said.


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