Village president calls the change in attitude a ‘night and day difference’
As the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new.
That was the sentiment Village President Rich Howells was feeling after learning the Regency Inn in Belgium was sold to new owners, who have renamed the business Rodeway Inn.
The motel was sold July 14, Howells said.
The motel is being remodeled, but most of the 26 rooms are available for rent, running partner Mitesh Patel said.
“The location is excellent and we hope to be busy soon,” Patel said.
New mattresses are being put in and phone and Internet service is being upgraded,
Patel said, along with other cosmetic changes. Those upgrades are expected to be completed in the next month.
Patel, who has lived in the Appleton area the last two years, said the room rates will be similar to the old motel, or $59 for one bed and $69 for two beds.
He indicated the rates will be lower in the winter.
The village’s annual Luxembourg Fest is Aug. 9 and 10, and Patel said the motel has a few rooms available for the heritage weekend.
The village had many problems with the previous owner of the motel, including late room tax payments.
Howells said all back room taxes and utility bills were paid by the owners of the Regency Inn.
Howells was effusive in his praise for the new owner, calling it a “night and day difference.”
“He (Patel) is very energetic and nice to talk to,” Howells said. “I think he will be a very valuable asset to the future of the village.”
The sale was started when the village received a request for an accounting of assessment due on the property at the beginning of the month, Howells said.
“We usually have 5 days to provide the assessments, but the new owners asked for it to be done in 24 hours,” Howells said. “That to me shows they want to be here.”
The Village Board earlier this month made changes to the village room tax ordinance, in part due to the issues it had with collecting the tax from the previous motel owners.
The changes included removing a 1% incentive to pay taxes on time and adding a penalty for failing to pay the tax on time.
Patel said there won’t be many immediate changes to the motel beyond the upgrades, but stressed the motel is open for business.
“We are excited to be a part of the community,” he said.
Rodeway Inn, a brand of the Choice Hotels group, has more than 150 locations in North America, including nine in Wisconsin.