After a year and a half of remodeling, the Ramada Inn, 2222 W. Sixth, is ready to show off its new look.
The building, which has had several owners in its 27 years, became a Ramada Inn in October 1994. Since then, the hotel has added a new exterior and some inside renovations.
The exterior brick was sandblasted, and the parking lot was resurfaced. More recently, carpet has been replaced in sleeping rooms, hallways and conference rooms.
The door locks will be changed this spring so they're electronic, said Connie Barnes, sales director for the hotel.
A less visible change at the hotel is its new marketing strategy. The hotel has added a catering sales manager to focus on a flurry of requests for off-site catering.
Also, Barnes said she will be promoting the Lawrence hotel as a corporate meeting location for Kansas City and Topeka businesses.
"We have a niche in Lawrence," Barnes said. "No one does catering to the level we are able to provide. And we offer a variety of services depending on the budget, from paper plates to china, glass and silver."
Ramada Inn and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce are holding a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at the newly remodeled Ramada Inn.
"There are a lot of people out there who still think we only have sleeping rooms," she said, "and we hope to change that."