Knights Inn recently acquired the Motel 6 at 3950 Parkway Lane and is making some cosmetic upgrades, according to Mike Khatiwala, a managing member of Delaware Hotel Group in Mount Laurel, N.J.
Neil Patel, the franchise owner and manager of the new Knights Inn in Hilliard, declined to comment about planned upgrades or customer policy, referring questions to the Delaware Hotel Group, which manages Knights Inn franchises.
Knights Inn originated in the Columbus area and the hotel at 3950 Parkway Lane was a Knights Inn about 20 years ago before becoming a Motel 6.
Khatiwala said there is no connection between the two hotel chains and it was a coincidence the same hotel brand returned to the site.
Khatiwala said upgrades are in the works.
"There will be some cosmetic changes that will be made to the property to enhance the guest experience (but) we are not in a position to detail (the improvements)," Khatiwala said.
A few other changes could be in store, too.
Hilliard police have called the hotel a "hot spot" because officers were called to the location on numerous occasions.
"We have a background in operating hotels in such situations and (through) more hands-on management are able to deter the bad elements and plan to do the same at this location," Khatiwala said.
Via email, Gabriella Chiera, a spokeswoman for Wyndham Hotel Group in Parsippany, N.J., which owns the Knights Inn brand, said the hotel opened Jan. 31 as a Knights Inn and joins four other Knights Inn locations in central Ohio.