New Holiday Inn expected by fall

A new full-service hotel on Columbus’ west side is expected to start taking reservations by early fall.

The 100-room Holiday Inn Columbus, located at 2485 W. Jonathan Moore Pike at the former location of the Comfort Inn & Suites, will open in September or October, developer Tim Dora said.

When Dora Hotel Company of Fishers announced the project last summer, Dora estimated that $9.75 million would be invested in the project.

Renovations have included replacing older two-story sections of the hotel with three stories of rooms that match the addition made to the Comfort Inn in 1997, Dora said.

In addition, the windows, air conditioning system and the entire electrical system are all new, he said.

Amenities that weren’t available at the Comfort Inn will include a full-service restaurant and a new bar, Dora said.

In addition, a new lobby and other parts of the hotel will provide what Dora calls a contemporary and trendy design reminiscent of what can be found at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Columbus, which his company also operates.

Dora’s father, Robert Dora of Vincennes, built the original Holiday Inn along Jonathan Moore Pike in 1963. Due to a change in franchise, it became the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in early 2012. The Clarion was demolished after it was purchased last year by Columbus Regional Health during a foreclosure sale.