The Quality Inn hotel off Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood has reopened after being shut down in January by the South Hall city for building and fire code violations.
“We brought everything up to code and made the property basically brand new again,” General Manager Raj Desai said Thursday, May 24.
City Manager Stan Brown confirmed as much in an email.
The hotel “got in code compliance and we issued certificate of occupancy,” he said.
A January letter from Oakwood to the hotel described conditions as “unsafe, dangerous or uninhabitable” and ordered the hotel vacated and padlocked.
“Occupancy … is not permitted until all code violations have been satisfied, including any additional violations not included in this order,” the letter states.
A Jan. 16 letter from certified inspector Billy Vandiver cited many electrical, plumbing, mechanical and fire code violations.
“Some of the things on the property were kind of getting old,” Desai said. “We closed down and had everything fixed and brought up to code so there would be no issues with any guests — there would be no injuries and stuff like that.”
As far as future improvements, “we have some things in mind but nothing concrete yet,” he said.
Soon after the closing, Choice Hotels released a statement saying the hotel had been removed from its central reservation system and that guests with existing reservations would be contacted and “given the option to relocate to another property.”
On Thursday, Quality Inn was listed on the Choice Hotels website.
According to Hall County records, the 83,770-square-foot hotel was built in 1989 and is valued at $1.55 million.
Stacey Dickson, Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau president, said in January she appreciated the efforts of local officials who went “above and beyond to work with the owners on these issues.”
“It’s not unusual for hotels of this style and age to face these issues,” she added. “Sometimes, it becomes too costly to maintain a property of this type, and our industry is seeing more and more of them being torn down and rebuilt with new properties offering more modern amenities.”
The Quality Inn “is in a superb location and could potentially come back … better than ever if investments are made,” Dickson said.