DePauw's Inn has a new name, new ambassador and local management

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tiger, a miniature golden doodle, is the new ambassador of the INN at DePauw.

GREENCASTLE -- The hotel, restaurant and conference facility which has been a fixture on the DePauw University campus since 1986 has new management and a new name, effective July 1.

As announced in April, Dora Hotel Company LLC, one of Indiana's largest hotel management companies, is assuming management of the 54-room facility, which is now known as The INN at DePauw and Conference Center (formerly Walden Inn).

Dora Hotel Company will build upon The INN at DePauw's success as a regional destination for corporate functions, weddings, social events, and retreats. The hotel will improve the things that matter most to guests -- a comfortable, contemporary hotel; friendly service; exceptional food quality; and ensuring a relaxing, worry-free stay.

Longtime patrons of The INN will notice a number of improvements, including new restaurant and catering menus, upgraded bed linens have been put in each room and local artists, including DePauw students, will be invited to provide works to be displayed throughout the hotel and conference center.

In addition, a guest service training program is being implemented to ensure that each visitor receives first-rate customer service.

"At the end of the day, guest satisfaction is our primary focus," said Trish Williams, general manager of The INN at DePauw. "We look forward to introducing improved standards in food quality and guest service to maintain the facility's standing as a first-class venue."

The INN at DePauw is excited to welcome the hotel's new community ambassador, Tiger. A miniature golden doodle, Tiger will spend time in the hotel lobby greeting visitors and will attend community functions and DePauw sporting events.

"The Dora family has made it quite clear that it is committed to strengthening The INN's ties to the campus and the larger community and to bring new energy to a place which is an important local gathering place and a vital contributor to the local economy," says Brad Kelsheimer, vice president for finance and administration at DePauw.

The INN, which is owned by the University, employs 40 people and contributes approximately $70,000 to the community in the form of property taxes.

The INN at DePauw offers a variety of amenities such as complimentary fitness center, 24-hour front desk, free high speed Internet access, complimentary DVD lending library for hotel guests, two full-service restaurants, coffee shop featuring Starbucks coffee and elegantly designed banquet space capable of accommodating up to 450 people.

The property is within walking distance to DePauw, the university's 520-acre Nature Park and downtown Greencastle. The area's covered bridges, Big Walnut Conservation Area and several golf courses are also a short drive from the hotel. The INN at DePauw is located 45 minutes from Indianapolis International Airport (IND) as well and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the world's largest single-day sporting event.

The Dora Family has been operating fine hotels in Indiana for over 40 years. Dora Hotel Company, LLC, owned by Tim Dora, is a second-generation hospitality management group. In partnership with Dora Brothers Hospitality, Dora currently operates over 17 hotels consisting of over 1,700 rooms in Indiana and Illinois.

Everyone is invited to visit The INN at DePauw at 2 West Seminary Street, Greencastle. The telephone number is 658-1000.

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  • Rhine's still work there?

    -- Posted by mal on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 12:07 PM
  • not for years

    -- Posted by hardtobelieve on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 1:40 PM
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