Oakwood has shut down the Quality Inn hotel off Mundy Mill Road, citing an array of building and fire code violations.
City Manager Stan Brown said in an email that city revoked the hotel’s certificate of occupancy on Friday “and ordered that the premises be vacated until the building is in compliance with all codes.”
Yellow police tape is draped across the entrance to the hotel at 3469 Mundy Mill Road, between Wallis Road and Curt Lance Way and near Interstate 985.
Hotel officials couldn’t be reached for immediate comment. The phone goes to an answering machine, which says the mailbox is full.
Choice Hotels released a statement Tuesday saying the hotel has been "removed from our central reservation system, which is the system people use to book rooms."
Guests with existing reservations will be contacted and "given the option to relocate to another property."
Choice Hotels also said "the hotel no longer has the right to operate under the Quality Inn name and must immediately cease identifying itself as a Quality Inn hotel."
A Friday letter from the South Hall city to the hotel describes conditions as “unsafe, dangerous or uninhabitable,” and it goes on to order 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 cites many electrical, plumbing, mechanical and fire code violations.
They include open electrical wiring, exit signs not working, a disconnected drain line, damaged fire extinguisher cabinets, rusted metal stairways and an exhaust fan “either not operable or nonexistent in the lobby restroom.”
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 she appreciated the efforts of local officials who “have gone 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.
“We have seen record occupancy and hotel rates in Oakwood and expect a turnaround of this location due to market demand.”