The Radisson Hotel Fresno
Now under the Radisson brand, the former Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center was built in 1966.Beginning today, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Fresno will take in guests under the Radisson name, restoring the brand that left the area earlier this year.
The hotel, located at 1055 Van Ness Ave., had begun the process of transitioning to a Radisson a few months ago, said owner and General Manager Mukesh Shah, who purchased the hotel in 2010 under Fresno Hotel Holdings LLC. Shah said a grand reopening celebration will take place some time in September.
In the last year, the hotel underwent several improvements, including a new set of independent air conditioning units to go in all 197 guest rooms, as well an upgrade to the cooling system for the hotel's public spaces.
The hotel's sky room at the top floor has also opened up to guests as a bar and lounge. Formerly, the space was used only as a banquet hall for weddings and other gatherings.
In February, the hotel's first official restaurant opened when the new Zest California California Grill & Bar began serving burgers, barbecue and other familiar dishes near the Fulton Mall entrance.
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant replaced a space that previously only served lunch and dinner for guests and the public.
Erected in 1966, the property had a grand reopening in 2008 after a $6.5 million renovation project, giving the building a total of 15, 000 square feet of banquet space as well as a grand ballroom and a bar.
The name Radisson is no stranger to the downtown Fresno area. The former Radisson Hotel & Conference Center opened in 1999 at the corner of Ventura Avenue and L Street.
The 321-room hotel, known for its interior courtyard and large fountain, broke away from the chain in April as the new Fresno Hotel & Conference Center owned by Uniwell Corp.