Hotel Retlaw reopening date set

Hotel Retlaw Thursday, March 19, 2018. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- A reclaimed historic part of downtown Fond du Lac is set to reopen this Fall.

A $25 million renovation project is underway for Hotel Retlaw.

The eight-story hotel on North Main Street suddenly closed in December of 2015 due to financial troubles.

About six months later, the hotel was purchased by Legendary Hotels.

The project will restore the hotel back to its original 1923 state with 127 guest rooms and suites, including a lobby bar, second-floor outdoor patio and grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 people.

The hotel will also have a farm-to-table restaurant, espresso cafe and wine bar and luxury spa.

“Hotel Retlaw will attract world-class travelers to Fond du Lac and will serve as a premiere destination for residents,” said Dennis Doucette, principle-partner at Legendary Hotels along with Steve Frantz. “We’ve received extraordinary support from the community so far. Hotel Retlaw is poised to bring a vibrancy back to downtown Fond du Lac that many say it has lacked for years.”

"When this property's back on light, that means we're going to have life, vibrancy, vitality, right back in our downtown," said President and CEO of Fond du Lac Visitors Bureau, Craig Molitor.

It is estimated Hotel Retlaw will have an economic impact of $25 million per year and bring an additional 35,000 people.

Hotel rates will vary by season, with anticipated rates starting at $109 per night.

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