Omni Detroit Closing in October

In what is yet another economic blow to Motor City, the Omni Detroit Hotel in downtown Detroit will close its doors on Oct. 12, according to local media reports.

The hotel, which has 108 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting space, is ceasing operations because its owner wants to "focus on other properties," Crain's Detroit Business reported last week.

Opened in the 1980s, the hotel has been up for sale since the beginning of the year, with a plan to close unless a sale is under contract, according to Caryn Kboudi, vice president of corporate communications for Omni Hotels & Resorts.

"While there are four or five interested parties that we are speaking with, it now looks like the hotel will close," Kboudi told Crain's, adding that Omni is actively working to help employees find new jobs and booked meetings find new venues. "However, we will continue to work on selling the hotel."

The Omni is the second hotel to close in Detroit in the past year, following the closing of the former Pontchartrain Hotel near Cobo Center in August 2009.