By Wyatt Freeman

Hotel owner Julie Brady comes from a family with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. She owns or has owned several area hotels, including Guest Inn. Her newest acquisition is the new Lexington Inn on Holiday Drive.

The hotel had its grand opening Tuesday.

Brady says Lexington Inn is somewhat unique in the hotel industry in that it gives its owners almost complete control over the design and layout of their franchises. Brady says this is a refreshing break from the standard cookie cutter hotel experience, and allowed her to give the hotel a “sophisticated rustic” look suitable for the area.

“I honestly think a lot of the problem with this place before we bought it was that it looked so boring from the outside,” Brady said.

Lexington Inn staff will host an open house 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in order to show off the remodel to the public. During this time, the staff will conduct several drawings for a variety of prizes, including free nights at any Lexington Inn nationwide. They will also be giving away a rewards card pre-loaded with 30,000 points, enough for several free nights or various other offerings.

Previously, the hotel had been a Best Western, but it is now under entirely new ownership and management, with Leon Farve serving as the general manager. Farve says the remodel process has been going on since January. All of the old furniture was donated to Sunshine Industries or Loving Hands in Sulphur as part of a commitment to supporting the local community.

“I think the biggest thing that sets us apart is that we are really specific to the area,” Farve said. “Our visitors will get more of a feel of the community they are in, than if they went to a normal franchise hotel.”