“To make sure that we match the best brand for downtown Trenton’s only upscale hotel, we are reviewing all of our options with the major first-class hotel franchise brands,” said Mike Marshall, president and CEO of Marshall Hotels & Resorts, operators of the hotel. “The hotel has great bones and fundamentally is in very good shape. However, it will need investment to conform to the standards of the future brand. The hotel will remain open during the selection and renovation, which we expect to take three to six months. Fortunately, we don’t anticipate the renovation activity to be undisruptive to our guests.
“New ownership brings new energy and investment, which will have a positive impact on this property,” Marshall noted. “Now that the bankruptcy is in the past and ownership is settled, potential brands and guests will have greater confidence in the long-term viability of the Lafayette Yard. Because the hotel is privately held, we can be more entrepreneurial and creative in our marketing and operations.”
Marshall said that his management company is undertaking a thorough analysis of the hotel. “Our focus the past several months has been on stabilizing the hotel until the ownership issue could be worked out,” he noted. “We are starting with no pre-conceived ideas, but because we have operated the property since May, we do have a good understanding of its inner-workings. Working with new ownership, we are going back to square one to look for every opportunity to enhance the property and the guest experience. We don’t anticipate any wholesale changes, but we want to make sure that we look at every option.”
Located at 1 W. Lafayette St. in downtown Trenton, the Lafayette Yard Hotel & Conference Center is near the U.S. Federal Court, New Jersey state government offices and both the New Jersey State Supreme Court and the Mercer County Court. The hotel is well situated for leisure travelers with its proximity to Princeton and Bucks County, Pa., and such nearby tourist attractions as Arm & Hammer Park (home of the Trenton Thunder), the Sun National Bank Center, Six Flags Great Adventure and Sesame Place. With 11,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel caters to both business meetings and social functions.
Salisbury, Md.-based Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc. has special expertise in operating three- and four-star branded hotels and resorts, averaging 100 to 500 rooms, in urban and central business districts, as well as suburban/drive-to and resort locations. In addition, the company has a proven track record managing independent resort and unique urban properties. The company has managed a wide array of leading hotel brands, including those under the Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, InterContinental Hotel Group, Hyatt, Carlson, Choice, Best Western and Wyndham flags.
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