EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) For the second time in three months, a downtown Eau Claire hotel will go to the highest bidder.
Eau Claire city staff said it is still hopeful about the future of the former Ramada Hotel and Convention Center after its owners defaulted on its payments.
After complaints of poor service, and owners that couldn't make payments on time, the city of Eau Claire said the former Ramada Hotel in Eau Claire is on sale once again.
“People we've heard from that stayed there were not satisfied with the quality and conditions,” Eau Claire Economic Development Director Mike Schatz said.
“There's been a couple issues dealing with service and maintenance,” Eau Claire City Manager Russell Van Gompel said.
While going through foreclosure, the building's owners, Singh Brothers Properties had the winning bid to buy it back for $1.4 million. They will now forfeit their down payment of $147,000 after not paying the full amount by Aug. 5.
“It's always disappointing. We would like to see some steps made in whoever owns the facility to upgrade the rooms and make it something that people are proud of. And we'd like to see more conventions and conferences out here,” Schatz said.
Wednesday, staff at the newly-named Eau Claire Hotel and Convention Center said conference rooms have been consistently booked.
Schatz and Van Gompel said having a good owner for the hotel is important for the downtown economy.
“We'd like a place where visitors can feel good and stay downtown because then they tend to have some time where they can shop and get to know Eau Claire,” Schatz said.
“Having a good quality downtown hotel is really a key component of our economic vitality of downtown Eau Claire. We're just interested in having a property that's well run and well managed,” Van Gompel said.
WEAU left messages with the current owners and attorneys on both sides. None of them returned the calls. The sale is set for Sept. 17.
A prospective owner would have to put down at least 25 percent of whatever the winning bid is.