The Moline Radisson Hotel will be converted into the first Wyndham in Quebec
After the Quad Cities hosting two major Radisson hotels since the 1990s, the area will soon be reduced to nothing (except Country Inn & Suites, a Radisson brand).
Twenty-five years after the Radisson on John Deere Commons opened next to the TaxSlayer Center (originally The Mark of the Quad Cities), at 1415 River Drive, the six-story riverfront hotel will be converted in an upscale Wyndham hotel – the first in the Region.
Last October, the former Radisson Quad City Plaza in downtown Davenport (which opened in 1995) was renovated and rebranded as the first DoubleTree by Hilton in the area.
The Moline Radisson was the first property that opened on John Deere Commons, the development between 12e and 15e streets along River Drive – intended to complement the TaxSlayer Center (which opened in 1993).
The Amin Group has owned the hotel for 15 years and in March 2018 opened The Element, a Marriott hotel at 1219 4e Avenue, Molin. Both are operated by C-Two Hotels, which operates and manages independent, boutique and branded hotels across the United States.
The move to Wyndham really wasn’t prompted by the difficulties the entire hotel industry has been experiencing during the pandemic for more than two years, but rather by a fateful decision made by the Radisson Hotels Group before COVID, a said Adrienne Pumphrey, vice president of sales and marketing. for C-Two hotels.
Radisson’s former owner, Carlson Group, sold all of its hotels to a Chinese organization. In November 2018, Radisson was acquired by a consortium led by Chinese company Jin Jiang International Holdings Co., Ltd.
The federal government passed a mandate more than three years ago that if you’re not an American hotel, the Department of Defense wouldn’t book those hotels, Pumphrey said.
“During COVID, the Radisson brand – due to their new ownership group – Radisson Hotels and this one has been removed from all booking portals, online opportunities to book,” she said.
Previously, the 163-room Moline Radisson was the preferred hotel of the Rock Island Arsenal and the U.S. military. “It’s a pretty big business for this property, and unfortunately the Radisson brand hasn’t been able to book them,” Pumphrey said.
“As a result, it put enormous pressure on the property,” she said. “You are sitting here with COVID. The stuff you get – the government was always traveling – we’re not able to get that stuff.
The Radisson had been a favorite hotel of the Department of Defense for many years.
“A difficult decision”
“We need to be able to work with the United States government to travel. It was a very difficult decision to make,” Pumphrey said. “We have been with Radisson for a very long time. They tried; they gave us a lot of money. They have a lot of lobbyists.
“We were approaching the termination of this agreement anyway,” she said. “There is a lot of progress going on downtown. We want to be part of this downtown boom, so we had to start thinking differently. It made us watch it.
In a market of this size, it was difficult to replace the loss of government business (which amounted to more than 3,000 room nights a year at the Radisson), Pumphrey said.
“Especially with the expansion of hotels opening up on both sides of the river,” she said. “We have to realign ourselves with a company, a brand that has been able to host all kinds of activities. The Radisson was not in a position or authorized to work with the United States government.
“At the same time, we were in COVID. The government was still traveling, due to their involvement in the vaccination process,” Pumphrey said.
Resumption of business with Wyndham
New Jersey-based Wyndham has approximately 9,000 total hotels, made up of 22 brands (including La Quinta, Days Inn, Baymont, Super 8, Ramada and Travelodge) and operates in 95 countries around the world.
The Wyndham team “really came to the table and said, we understand how difficult it is to get a product, to make all of your improvements,” Pumphrey said. The hotel will submit an RFP for the 2023 Department of Defense as Wyndham in July.
“The Wyndham team is progressive, growing. They have over 9,000 hotels, one of the biggest,” she said. “They bring a rewards base – 93 million members to the table. That’s a lot of members.
“Wyndham saw that the property was so well maintained,” she said.
“They were just open to the things we wanted to do, with localization,” she said. The hotel’s popular neighbors are the TaxSlayer, the Bass Street Chop House, and the John Deere Pavilion and Store.
“We want to be an economic driver downtown,” Pumphrey said. “The way we behaved, they wanted us in the band and we wanted to be in the band.”
Improvements to Moline
With the new brand, the hotel must implement a new product improvement plan, including a new room key system, new televisions and new beds, she said, noting that Wyndham has recognized that this was a long-term investment for the Amin Group.
The hotel underwent a $400,000 exterior paint job last year, in addition to major renovations in 2017, Pumphrey said. “The property has been very well maintained,” she said.
As part of the $3 million renovation in 2017, the hotel updated all of its rooms, adding sophisticated design elements such as high-backed leather armchairs, geometric lamps, artwork framed art, granite bathroom and kitchenette countertops, and deep Jacuzzi tubs in some of them. suites.
Accommodations include 54 king suites, 103 double queen suites, four two-room suites, and two jacuzzi suites. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness room, business center, and a 730-foot meeting room for special events.
Attached to the hotel, Bass Street Chop House leases from The Amin Group, and they reopened in the renovated old TGI Friday building in spring 2021.
During COVID, the 11,000-seat arena and Deere Pavilion went through major renovations. The Deere Lodge (1400 River Drive) – formerly closed since March 2020, one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions – reopened in November 2021 after a total reinvention, overhaul and renovation.
“Now it’s time to move forward in Moline,” Pumphrey said. “Progress was all around us, so we had to make that choice.”
Wyndham will not pay for the changes
Wyndham will not be responsible for funding the new upgrades, which will be covered by Amin, she said.
“We don’t want the stalling one; we have always been a leader in this market,” she added. “We have always been progressive. We want to be extremely relevant.
“We missed our government business. We loved hosting them,” Pumphrey said.
Exterior signage (starting with banners) will change starting Monday, June 20. This will be QC’s first Wyndham hotel, although the company has multiple brands (including La Quinta).
The closest Wyndham is in Springfield, Ill., and being unique in Quebec will help the Moline Hotel be competitive, Pumphrey said.
In 2021, the Moline Radisson won the Radisson Hotel Excellence in Hospitality Award nationwide.
The choice is to buy Radisson
On June 13, 2022, Choice Hotels announced that it would acquire the franchise business, operations and intellectual property of Radisson Hotel Group Americas for approximately $675 million. The additional 624 hotels with more than 68,000 rooms strengthen Choice Hotels’ presence in the upscale and upscale hotel segments, the company said.
Moline’s move to Wyndham will not be affected by the Choice purchase, Pumphrey said.
“All of our neighbors continued to position themselves to come out of COVID, like we did,” she said. “A lot of great things are happening. There are a lot of advances. »
Wyndham Moline on John Deere Commons will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Quad Cities Chamber on Thursday, June 20. For more information on Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, click HERE.