By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – After more than two weeks of uncertainty, the Microtel Inn & Suites has reopened with a new owner and staff.
The hotel closed on Friday, the second time in a little more than two weeks.
No explanation was given, but the earlier closure was due to the hotel not paying its electric bill.
The hotel has been given a lifeline by Bruce Patel, who confirmed Tuesday he bought the hotel from former owner David Graham.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Patel, who owns several hotels, including the Comfort Suites, Howard Johnson and the soon-to-open Best Western Plus in Tupelo, said he’s hired a new staff to run the Microtel.
Other changes are on the way as well.
“We’re going to overhaul the entire property,” he said. “We’re putting in an elevator and making other improvements to bring it into the 21st century.”
The hotel was built in 1997, Patel said, and is in desperate need of an update.
Patel said he plans to begin major renovations in about six weeks, and the work that will close the hotel for about three months.
“When it reopens, you won’t recognize the place,” he said.
It will remain a Microtel, he added.