GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – The historic Hotel Northland will welcome its first guests on Valentine’s Day.
The renovated downtown Green Bay hotel is opening on Feb. 14, Action 2 News has learned.
The 160-room hotel has had a number of setbacks during the years-long renovation process. Work was put on hold when previous managers failed to pay the major contractors.
Last year, a judge approved the sale of the hotel and appointed a receiver to manage the funds and pay the contractors. Workers returned and the project was back on track.
“For the people of Green Bay, it’s been a marathon. For me, it has been a sprint-and-a-half,” says John Williams, General Manager. “I started on this project in mid-June. Greenwood Hospitality, the owner and operator, with Octagon Partners, started in April. It’s really been a long challenging finish. These things are really hard to do under great circumstances. We had a little issue with getting furniture here, all resolved. It was hard, it was tough, but we love the project. We love being in Green Bay and we are excited.”
The restoration has been a painstaking job from the chandeliers down to the floor tiles.
“This lobby floor was installed in 1924 and it was restored one square inch at a time,” General Manager John Williams told Action 2 News during a tour of the building. “Literally, there was a crew with hammers and chisels chipping away defective tiles on their knees for months on end and they just finished a few weeks ago.”
The Hotel Northland is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection of boutique hotels.
The price tag on the renovation project is north of $50 million, according to Kevin Vonck, Green Bay Economic Director.
In December, the hotel opened its sports bar Poke The Bear.
Action 2 News’ Brittany Schmidt reported on the first wedding booked at the hotel. On March 9, Tara Servais and her fiance will celebrate nuptials in the crystal ballroom. Click here for the full story.