The State House Inn, located at 101 E. Adams in Springfield, is now part of the Trademark Collection by Wyndham, although the ownership remains the same.
“We decided that we needed more uniqueness in the market,” said Robin Hood-Grazioso, vice president of sales and marketing for Packard Hospitality Management, which operates the State House Inn. “We needed a boutique-type of branding that Wyndham brings to the table with their Trademark Collection. It gives us a broader reach in guests.”
While that means there are currently two Wyndham hotels in downtown Springfield, that may not be the case for long. Wyndham Springfield City Centre changed hands last year following a foreclosure, and the current owner is a Texas-based investor with a history of revamping distressed properties.
“I’m told that it’s transitioning to a Delta under the Marriott umbrella,” said Hood-Grazioso, although she wasn’t aware of the time frame for making that change.
Packard Hospitality Group, based in San Diego, California, acquired the State House Inn in November 2017. At that time, the hotel was rebranded as a Red Roof and became one of two Red Collection hotels in the country, along with a location near the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
The State House Inn has undergone major renovations in recent years, and Hood-Grazioso said the only other project currently in the works is upgrades to the meeting room space.
“Sunday through Thursday we’ll target our business or government travelers,” she said, nothing that Springfield is a “heavy government market.” However, the idea is to also attract families and other leisure travelers for weekend stays.
“We’ll be rolling out some new packages for the summer months, now that people are finally getting out of the house and wanting to find things to do,” Hood-Grazioso said.