August 6, 2009 in City

Workers revamp hotel from the inside and out

Refitted Hotel Lusso will have quieter rooms, a pub with tableside TVs, other comforts
By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Nick Hagen, left, and Casey Britton, construction workers with Walt Worthy Enterprises, tear out the old sidewalks around the Hotel Lusso on Wednesday.
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A refitted Hotel Lusso will open by the end of the month, and the newly named Post Street Ale House will open a few weeks later, owner Walt Worthy said Wednesday.

He said the hotel closed last week to allow workers to add window glass that will suppress street noise, install 42-inch LED televisions, and change the bedding in its 48 rooms. An exercise room and business center will be added, he said.

“The hotel’s in great shape already,” said Worthy, who with wife Karen owns The Davenport Hotel and Davenport Hotel Tower.

The Worthys bought the Lusso in May.

He said the Lusso will be a more private, and slightly lower-cost alternative to the Davenport hotels, not just for overnight stays but for weddings and other occasions.

Post Street Ale House will encompass the former Cavallino lounge and 360 restaurant, which was formerly known as Fugazzi. The Post Street Ale House name was selected by the Worthys in a contest that elicited 2,000 responses.

Worthy said remodeling revealed two arches in the brick walls that had divided the space into three rooms.

A third had been exposed earlier.

He said the consolidated rooms will seat about 150 at a new bar, tables and booths. Three of the booths will have their own TVs. Bigger TVs, four or five of them, will be visible to other patrons.

Worthy said he plans a menu of sandwiches priced less than $10, fresh oysters, and as many as 16 beers on tap.

Wednesday, workers were installing soundproofing to eliminate noise that irritated upstairs hotel guests. Others outside were demolishing sidewalks on Post and Sprague that in places were shored up with railroad steel instead of I-beams.


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