Renovated Days Inn Debuts Meeting Space in Owensboro, Ky.

Following a $2 million renovation, a 33-year-old Days Inn hotel has reopened in Owensboro, Ky., with revamped guest rooms, a new restaurant and its first-ever meeting room, reports local newspaper the Messenger-Inquirer.

Previously a failed property among online reviewers—according to the Messenger-Inquirer, online reviews previously called the hotel the "Dirtiest Nastiest Motel That We have Ever Been In"—the Days Inn was purchased by new owner Linda Dukes in April 2007.

"We completely stripped every room," Dukes told the Messenger-Inquirer. "We even replaced the drywall."

Post renovations, the new and improved Days Inn features 114 rooms and is now Owensboro's second largest hotel. It has a 97-seat restaurant and a 50-person meeting room that was previously a guest suite.

"It's the first time this property has had a meeting room," Dukes said.

In spite of its new meeting room, Dukes says the hotel's occupancy is down due to the recent closure of the nearby Executive Inn Rivermont, which was previously western Kentucky's largest hotel.

"We used to get their overflow," she told the Messenger-Inquirer. "But they're not here to bring in all the conventions and trade shows."

Dukes has also purchased a 144-room Ramada Inn in Owensboro—currently the city's largest hotel—renovations on which will be completed by February.