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Facelift, new features transform Delaware motel

Renamed the Pacer Inn and Suites, motel opened Jan. 11

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A new name and $1.5 million in upgrades will greet guests of the Pacer Inn and Suites, 259 S. Sandusky St.

A historic fixture in downtown Delaware has been updated for the 21st century.

The Campbell House Motel reopened Jan. 11 after receiving major renovations and a new name: the Pacer Inn and Suites Motel. The inn is at 259 S. Sandusky St.

Residents looking for lodging in Delaware will be treated to revamped rooms and new services, and returning guests will have a new experience, general manager Jane Click said.

"They won't recognize it," Click said. "That's what everyone says. It's just totally different."

The hotel's $1.5 million in renovations include new roofs, walls and carpeting for every room.

Bedrooms have large new cherry-wood beds, new tables and chairs, coffee makers and ironing boards. Several rooms were outfitted with bathroom Jacuzzis.

Workers knocked down the walls in the hotel's five meeting rooms, combining them into a single renovated conference room that can hold up to 180 people.

Click said she hopes to host wedding receptions, local chamber of commerce meetings and other events in the room, which features stage lighting and a crystal chandelier.

The motel offers a continental breakfast, and guests get 10 percent off any order from the attached El Vaquero Mexican restaurant.

This month, workers are putting the finishing touches on furnishings and landscaping for the motel.

Click said a pool might be installed in the future.

She said it was important to renovate the motel to keep it a vital part of the historical backdrop of the Delaware community.

Margaret and Harold Campbell opened the Campbell House Motel in 1957. It changed hands several times before it was purchased by its current owners in 2005.

Delaware spokesman Lee Yoakum said it's a noteworthy landmark as one of the few lodging options within walking distance of downtown Delaware.

He said it often serves parents and others visiting Ohio Wesleyan University, located less than a half-mile down the road.

It's also a popular option for visitors in town for the Delaware County Fair and Little Brown Jug in the summer.

"We are very happy to see the Pacer Inn remodeled and open for business," Yoakum said. "Our hope is the facility will be a lasting anchor along the South Sandusky Street corridor -- a front door into our city."