The “Pontch” returns to Detroit.
The Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center, formerly Hotel Pontchartrain, has been renamed Fort Pontchartrain a Wyndham Hotel, a member of hotel staff and management told Crain on Friday.
An official declined to release additional information, saying there will be an official announcement of the change next week.
On Friday afternoon, workers were seen working on the “Crown Plaza” signage facing Jefferson Avenue.
Trademark applications for “Fort Pontchartrain Hotel” and “Hotel Pontchartrain Detroit” were filed earlier this month with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and New York-based attorney Joshpe Mooney Paltzik LLP, mentioned on the request did not return a July 13 email. de Crain looking for additional information.
Moreover website is active and accepts reservations.
An email has been sent to New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts seeking comment.
Public records as of Friday afternoon did not indicate the property had been sold.
The Crowne Plaza reopened almost exactly eight years ago after a $ 5 million renovation of its rooms, restaurant and lobby, Crain’s reported in July 2013.
The 25-story hotel, which has 367 rooms, is owned by a Mexican and European investor group called Operadora de Servicio Para Hoteles de Lujo.
There had been plans over the years to build a second 28-story tower, but those plans failed nearly three years ago after a labor dispute with city council.
The ownership group bought the bankrupt Pontchartrain Hotel at 2 Washington Boulevard for $ 8.5 million in 2012.
The hotel was built in the mid-1960s.
Its name was a tribute to the Pontchartrain Hotel, which stood from 1907 to 1920 at the corner of Cadillac Square and Woodward Avenue in downtown before it was demolished, to be replaced by the First National Building, according to Historic strait, which follows the buildings and architecture of Detroit.
Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit was established in 1701 by the French, led by Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac, as a permanent military outpost that was Detroit’s first European colony.