By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Royal Dearborn Hotel & Convention Center has gone through another change, hiring a new management company, Cusa LLC.
The Kennesaw, Ga., hospitality and property management company is the third for the hotel since last November.
“The hotel has great potential,” Cusa President Deborah Cannon said. “We thought it was a good move and are looking forward to bringing our staff in.”
Cusa was scheduled to take over management Oct. 5 after former management company Lodging Host Hotel Corp. tendered notice on its contract with hotel ownership.
“We’ve been involved with the current ownership group prior to when Hyatt left,” Cannon said. “We’ll be putting in new things at the hotel to restore it to its heyday.”
Lodging Host Hotel Corp. took over management last November from Atmosphere Hospitality Management after issues with ownership occurred.
Royal Dearborn is Michigan’s second-largest hotel containing 772 rooms, more than 200 staff and 63,000 square feet of banquet space with multiple uses.
“The hotel has great assets, infrastructure and location,” Cannon said. “It is an important to the community and businesses in the area.”
The hotel has gone through a series of name, ownership and branding changes over the past few years.
The current Royal Dearborn Hotel & Convention Center completed its new branding and logo changes in June. In May, the hotel changed its name from Regency Dearborn Hotel & Convention Center to its current name.
Before that, the hotel was known as the Hyatt Regency-Dearborn, built in 1976.
Israel-based Royal Realties, purchased the hotel in 2011 for $15.5 million and became its new owner.
The Hyatt name remained until 2012. When the company couldn’t agree on a new management agreement, the name was changed to Adoba Hotel Dearborn/Detroit.
The hotel is still up for sale since it was placed on the market in June by New York-based Savills Studley’s U.S. Capital Markets – Hotel Group for between $30 million and $40 million.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])