HRI Lodging assumed management of the Scottsdale Inn, formerly known as the Days Inn Scottsdale. The hotel will undergo a $12-million renovation and a complete, formal rebranding with a new concept and name in 2017. This renovation will be led by ESI Ventures, a real estate and development company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Since 1998, ESI completed over $100 million in transactions throughout the greater Phoenix metro area and Southern California. This is the company’s first hotel development venture.
“We are excited to expand our development portfolio to include lodging properties and the renovation of the Scottsdale Inn is the ideal inaugural venture,” said Brandon Wolsic, EVP of ESI. “We have big plans for the property which we will be unveiling in the coming months. Stay tuned.”
Shaun Baker, most recently director of guest relations at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, was appointed as the new GM for the hotel. A veteran hospitality executive, Shaun previously worked with other Scottsdale properties including the Zona Hotel & Suites, The Hilton Scottsdale Resorts & Villas and the Mondrian Scottsdale (formerly the James Hotel). He received a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University.
“We are thrilled to formerly welcome Shaun to the HRIL team,” said Todd Iacono, VP of operations, HRI Lodging. “He is no-doubt an expert on the Scottsdale market and his commitment to leadership and proven track record made him the best candidate for the position.”
The Scottsdale Inn, a large property situated on five substantial acres of land, is located near Old Town Scottsdale, Talking Stick Casino and Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.