South Portland hotel gets $3.7M renovation, to switch to DoubleTree by Hilton

Posted Jan. 10, 2012, at 4:03 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Wyndham Hotel in South Portland — known for its distinctive dual circular towers — is undergoing a $3.7 million renovation and will become a DoubleTree by Hilton property by the end of the month.

According to a Tuesday release, the work on the hotel includes a face-lift of the towers, which are a fixture in the Maine Mall area, replacing much of the glass exterior with new textures and colors.

The 200-plus guest rooms will feature new amenities, the release said, including free print-from-your-room services and high-bandwidth Wi-Fi and inbound Internet, new 37-inch high-definition TVs, new beds, artwork, window treatments and heating and cooling units.

The workout facility also has been updated with new equipment and a redesigned indoor swimming pool.

“Wyndham is a good company, and we did really well through a recession with that brand,” owner Joe VanWhy said in the release, regarding the change in hotel companies. “But, the Hilton brand contributes much more to the traveler with its unbeatable Hilton HHonors program and World Wide Hotel presence.”

In the early 1990s, VanWhy renovated Portland’s Eastland Hotel. He sold the Eastland and, more recently, sold the Hampton Inn Hotel in Saco he had owned for more than 11 years. He has developed land around the South Portland hotel, which now includes Cracker Barrel and Chipotle Grill restaurants on the property.

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