Enid’s downtown sliding doors will finally open on Thursday.
After a decade of turmoil, the Best Western GLō hotel in Enid at 123 W. Maine will begin taking online reservations Thursday so visitors can reserve any of its 96 rooms.
New owner and operator Purvish Kothari signed the transfer of ownership on Friday after six weeks of sale negotiations with former owners Dr Atul Patel and mother Anuj Patel who wanted to sell the hotel after building it over. for the past three years.
He bought the property a day after the city occupancy permit was issued to the hotel.
Since the sale, he, his wife Neha and the hotel’s newly hired staff have worked to prepare and clean it. Workers clean the hotel floors and cement surfaces in every room daily.
The exterior of the four-story hotel is light brown, as requested by the City of Enid. A single towering blue column with the name GLō will light up at night, visible from US 412.
Inside, amid black and white, solid candy-colored accents of red, blue, and yellow are splashed across furniture, wall decor, and amenities.
Even hairdryers, safes, and wash dispensers in showers are color-matched, in keeping with Best Western’s modern design brand GLō, said Neha Kothari.
The hotel also features a meeting room, gym, and laundry room, as well as ADA-compliant hotel rooms for the hearing impaired and wheelchair users.
The Kotharis plan to move to Enid once they clear the initial hurdle, saying they plan to become more involved in the city and the inner city community.
“I can see the finish line. I’ll cross it tomorrow, ”Purvish Kothari said Wednesday while sitting in the hotel’s dining room, where a hot breakfast will be served each morning. He had spent all day reconfiguring the hotel’s TV connections.
A bar directly in front of him has yet to be opened, before obtaining a state liquor license. The floor of the 5-foot-deep pool is also still being reworked for city code approval, he said.
“But the challenge is to pass the baton … I had to do everything in six weeks,” he said.
Since February, Kothari – a self-proclaimed “businessman” and engineer now working in hotel management – has made four trips to visit Enid from his home in the Denver area.
Each time, he said, he could immediately tell that the Best Western GLō was not ready to be sold, then immediately open as the Patels had told him.
“It’s not my first rodeo,” said Kothari, who had been a security guard for the businesses he had operated.
On this first visit in February, it was “totally not finished” and Kothari could tell that the hotel would not be open in a month.
He said he continued to notice small things missing from the hotel on subsequent visits – the equipment for those promised hot breakfasts had yet to be ordered from parent company Best Western.
“If I see something in a room that I think isn’t easy on the eye, someone who stays won’t like it either,” he said. “If I know there is a bump, you’ll see it, I’ll see it, I won’t like it.”
“We were supposed to close at 2 pm (last Friday). At 1 p.m., I almost walked away.
But after Dr Patel said he would provide contractor contacts to make other repairs after the sale and negotiate name transfers with Best Western, Kothari bought the property with a buy-and-sell agreement. sale.
The sale was accompanied by a transfer of the hotel’s 2017 room occupancy guarantee rate agreement with the town of Enid.
As part of the original deal, the city voted 4 to 3 to provide ENIDBWP LLC, the Edmond de Patels-based hotel management company, with a 40% room occupancy rate for hotel rooms. , which will last five years after the hotel opens.
The city will pay the profit percentage difference between the minimum rate and the actual annual rate if management has no more than 14,906 rooms occupied per year, capped at $ 1,681,920 per year, out of a maximum average daily rate of $ 120.
A profit drawback provision would come into effect after each of the five years. If next year’s occupancy rate is over 40%, the city will be able to withdraw all or part of the money paid in the previous year.
In early March, Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the same transfer to Kothari as the third party, with Jonathan Waddell and Rob Stallings voting against.
Kothari said he would not have proceeded with the sale if the vote had been closer, but not because he feared he would honor that rate guarantee.
“My goal would be that if I came here… a year from the day I start the property, I’m going to go see these two guys, and I’m going to ask them, ‘Are you happy with what we’ve done? ? ‘ And if they say yes, I will achieve my goals, ”Kothari said.
‘Open for business’
Mayor George Pankonin is expected to be the Best Western’s first official guest on Thursday and said he plans to check in at 3 p.m.
That was his only request when signing the transfer last Friday, Kothari said.
City staff will bring a guest book for Pankonin to sign his name and go to the room he and his wife spend the night in, while a grand opening is scheduled for Friday, April 30.
His stay is expected to usher in what city leaders, including Pankonin, say is a new era for the downtown area and the city as a whole.
“I see many opportunities for this (hotel) to be good for the city,” he said, such as the myriad of sporting events, concerts and conventions planned for the rest of the year.
City Manager Jerald Gilbert was a city employee when plans for a downtown hotel began in the early 2010s.
But each of the three times the city seemed to find a developer to help build that dream, economic concerns would drive the groups back – until Kothari intervened at the last minute.
“This is the fulfillment of a dream that is at least a decade old, if not decades and decades old,” Gilbert said.
Plus, the hotel is already doing “what it’s supposed to do,” said Marcy Jarrett, executive director of Visit Enid.
The tourist office has already negotiated two state conferences in Enid in the coming months.
The Oklahoma Transit Association and the Oklahoma Game Wardens Association both needed conference rooms at the Stride Bank Center across from the new hotel.
Jarrett said both events had been scheduled with the city for about eight months.
While the Best Western GLō waited to activate its reservation software, last week Jarrett’s office gathered all the information to book rooms for a total of more than 220 visitors in May and June.
“It’s just going to overflow by June,” Jarrett said of the hotel. “We’re going to have a very busy summer. People are going to come out. They know Enid is open for business.