Calloway Inn gets new owners, to expand food services

Baton Rouge Hoteliers pays $3M

Baton Rouge Hoteliers LLC paid $3 million for the Calloway Inn and Suites, according to documents filed Thursday afternoon with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court.

The hotel sits on 4.6 acres near the intersection of Interstate 12 and Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

The new owners of the Calloway Inn and Suites said Monday they plan on boosting the food offerings at the Baton Rouge hotel in order to bring in more business.

The hotel’s seller was listed as Glenda Calloway Deshotels.Rajesh Patel, of Port Allen, is the agent registered with Baton Rouge Hoteliers. Patel also is listed as the agent for Raj Hospitality, which will handle hotel’s management. Raj Hospitality manages five other local hotels, including the La Quinta Inn & Suites on O’Neal Lane, the Best Western of Denham Springs and the Magnuson Hotel of Port Allen.

Britt Thompson of Raj Hospitality said the plan is to keep the Calloway Inn name. “It’s part of Baton Rouge heritage,” he said. “If we change the name, whatever we are, people will still call us ‘The Old Calloway.’” It hasn’t been determined if the hotel will fly under a national flag or if it will stay independent.

One thing that has been determined is the food and beverage offerings at the Calloway Inn will be upgraded. A continental breakfast will be added to the hotel, Thompson said. The plan is to ease into offering hot breakfasts, then lunch service and eventually a late-night breakfast buffet for the crowd at Club Coozan, Calloway’s dance club, he said.

The new owners hope to attract more business by publicizing the 3,500 square feet of banquet space available. “We’re hoping to utilize this space for weddings and business meetings,” Thompson said.

The popular, themed suites, such as the purple-and-gold LSU suite, will remain. Some of the junior suites, however, may be broken up. Thompson said the Calloway has 125 rooms, but about 15 suites, which is a high number for a property its size.

Room renovations in progress at the hotel will be completed under the new ownership. “They’ve renovated about 30 or 35 rooms already, and it’s a very attractive package with laminated floors and nice furnishings,” he said. “We’re going to continue along with that.”

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