Quality Inn celebrates
grand opening with open house and ribbon cut
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[December 12, 2017]
On Tuesday evening, several guests joined local motel
owner Paresh Patel and his staff in celebrating the opening of the
Quality Inn in Lincoln. Among those on hand were several members of the
Logan County Tourism Bureau Board, Geoff Ladd of the Illinois Route 66
Scenic Byways, Lincoln Aldermen Kathy Horn and Steve Parrott (also
members of the Tourism Board), Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman, Logan County
Circuit Clerk Mary Kelly, and candidate for Logan County Clerk, Theresa
Guests were asked to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony outside
the front door of the motel, then were invited in for a tour of the
newly renovated building.
Patel purchased the motel about a year ago when it was the Econo Lodge.
After a year of renovations, and a branding change, the Tuesday evening
event made the transition to a new modern motel complete.
In the tour of the motel, guests were able to see the pool area as well
as the workout area available to all guests as an amenity. They also
toured some of the guest rooms. Included in the features of the room is
wood grain flooring rather than carpeting. Patel said the motel is pet
friendly so doing away with carpeting in the rooms was a practical and
During the life of the motel, this is the third franchise change. Patel
noted the motel originally opened as a Comfort Inn, then changed to an
Econo Lodge, and is now the Quality Inn.
After the ribbon cut, everyone was invited back inside for food and
drink. Cris Wibben of the Tourism Bureau congratulated Patel on the
completion of the motel, and noted that the new renovations and décor
make the motel another really attractive option for tourists and
travelers coming into Logan County.
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Mayor Seth Goodman echoed Wibben, and thanked Patel for entering
into another motel venture in Lincoln. Patel previously purchased the old
Lincoln County Inn just off of Fifth Street. He did a complete renovation of
that motel, then signed it with the Best Western franchise. After purchasing the
Econo Lodge last year, he had an opportunity to sell the Best Western, and did
so. Patel also owns the Baymont Inn in Morton and others out of state.
Ladd also spoke, saying that he had noted quite some time ago
that there was something big going on at the old Econo, and had been happily
surprised when he learned that the motel had been purchased by his good friend
Patel. Ladd also wished Patel well in this new motel, and thanked him for
contributing to the quality of overnight stays offered in Lincoln for tourists
WLCN radio station out of Atlanta was on hand broadcasting live from the lobby
of the motel. Jeff Maxwell and Jim Ash visited with some of the guests, and
encouraged everyone listening to come on out to the Quality Inn to see how great
As the evening drew to a close, several door prizes were given away including
overnight stays at the Quality Inn in Lincoln and the Baymont in Morton,
designer chocolates, and a sweet treat gift basket. Each guest was also given a
gift bag with promotional items for the motel, and chocolates.