Super 8 to become Comfort Inn
Owners planning $1.5 million renovation

By Cara Spoto - Freeman Staff

March 2, 2018

This rendering, produced by Thrive Architects, shows exterior building upgrades planned for what is now a Super 8 at 2510 Plaza Court on Waukesha’s far northeast side. The owners of the hotel are in the process of transitioning the property to a Comfort Inn, which would be a change from an economy to a more midscale offering.
Submitted rendering

WAUKESHA — Visitors to the Waukesha area will soon have a new place to spend the night.

Omaha Hotels, the company that owns the Super 8 at 2510 Plaza Court on the city’s far northeast side, recently approached the city about plans to transition the property to a Comfort Inn.

The company is already in the process of making the interior renovations necessary for the brand change, but needed the Plan Commission’s approval on proposed exterior renovations to the structure.

The company got that approval on Wednesday when commissioners signed off on a final site plan that, among other things, calls for changes to the building’s entrance and a 217-squarefoot addition that will house a new elevator and mechanical room.

General manager of the property, Andy Patel, said Omaha Hotels hopes to complete the $1.5 million renovation sometime this fall.

“Right now we have signed up for a month-to-month contract with Super 8 through the end of the year. That is how much time we have to basically switch over to Comfort Inn,” Patel said.

As part of the transition the hotel will be getting an interior makeover as well.

The interior renovations, which have been underway since November, call for new carpeting, drywall, and new mattresses and furniture.

“Everything pretty much needs to be redone,” Patel said. “We are going slowly because we are open.”

Patel said he hopes to see exterior renovations and construction work begin sometime after Labor Day weekend.

Once all the work is done it will need to pass muster with Choice Hotels, the company that owns the Comfort Inn brand, he said.

“With Comfort Inn it’s a higher brand standard,” Patel said. “In this area we don’t have too many midscale properties. It’s basically either high end or economy. It will be a good sector to be in. Our management owns 15 to 17 hotels, and most of them are Choice, so they know what they are getting into.”