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Kingsley Inn to get $10 million renovation


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09/09/2016 - Bloomfield Hills' iconic Kingsley Inn hotel will undergo an over $10 million renovation that will include planting a corporate flag, becoming a Doubletree by Hilton in late 2017, according to a representative of its ownership group.

As Downtown recently reported, part of its renovation plan will feature including a suburban outpost of noted Detroit seafood restaurant Joe Muer Seafood in the former Northern Lakes Seafood location. Joe Muer Seafood, owned by the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, has a 15-year lease for the 250-seat space, and anticipates opening in February 2017 as a smaller replica of the Detroit riverfront location.

There was no word as to the status of another restaurant at the hotel, Nosh & Rye, a casual deli, and if it will be redone, closed, or kept as is.

The Kingsley Inn, at 39495 Woodward, is owned by the Elia Group, a Birmingham real estate group, and Alden Development Group. Zaid Elia of Elia Group and Matthew Shiffman of Alden Development are in the midst of redeveloping the former Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius, and tested the market last October by putting the Kingsley up for sale. The the property was listed on auction.com from November 16 to 18, with starting bids at $1.95 million. It has been reported that Elia had interest from buyers around the country, but he and Shiffman had a change of heart and hired Neumann/Smith Architects in Southfield to design the renovation.

The hotel has 150 rooms and multiple banquet rooms in its lower level. It was first built in 1958, and renovated in 1997, and sits on almost eight acres of land in Bloomfield Hills, just north of the Cranbrook Educational Community. A complete, top-to-bottom overhaul of the hotel is expected, from hotel rooms and meeting spaces, to the swimming pool and lobby, with high speed WiFi added throughout. The exterior, as well as the interior, will be brought up to Hilton standards. Renderings show a contemporary interior and modern exterior.

Elia and Shiffman bought the hotel in 2014. At the time, it was being operated as a Radisson hotel property, but that affiliation ended around the beginning of 2015, Bloomfield Hills City Manager Jay Cravens said, and it is once again known by its original moniker.

Doubletree by Hilton is a full-service Hilton brand. The benefit for a hotel operator to having a well-known hotel flag, sources said, is the ability to have guests access its worldwide reservations. It is expected that the Kingsley Inn name will go away when the Doubletree name takes over.

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