Have You Heard: The Holiday Inn Grand is now a Radisson

February 28, 2016

The Radisson is back in Billings.

Last week, the owners of the former Holiday Inn Grand at 5500 Midland Road took down the old signs outside and replaced them with the new Radisson brand, signaling a new transition for the 44-year-old hotel.

The signs are a temporary cover now, but Stephen Nalley, the hotel’s managing partner, says the permanent Radisson lettering should be up within two months, part of a multimillion renovation.

“We want to get it done as soon as possible,” Nalley said last week.

The plan to convert the brand of the seven-story, 316-room hotel went into motion in December when Florida-based Nalley and his partner, Joe Gillespie, bought the facility at auction for $7.85 million.

Nalley and Gillespie own 191 hotels under their partnership, called Inner Circle US. The Billings property also includes the 43,000-square-foot Montana Convention Center, the city’s largest stand-alone convention facility.

Nalley said a designer has been to the property and plans have been submitted to Radisson. Renovations will be done in stages and take about a year to complete, he said.

Nalley stressed that the hotel would remain open during this period.

In December, Nalley had said he was planning to meet with Billings city officials about a possible public-private partnership to improve the convention to attract visitors to town.

Those talks remain preliminary, and Nalley said the owners are focused on hotel renovations first.

The Radisson brand should be familiar to Billings residents. The downtown Northern Hotel carried the brand in the 1990s, and it sponsored the Radisson Classic basketball tournament held during that time.

In a news release, Radisson officials said they’re glad to be back.

“As one of the most refreshed hotel brands in North America, Radisson is focused on adding hotels in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations,” said Javier Rosenberg, chief operating officer of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which owns the Radisson brand.