$3 million transformation of inn; goal was to 'keep with natural settings'MILL VALLEY — The Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants group last week celebrated the opening of its most recent acquisition, converting an old Holiday Inn Express at Richardson Bay into an upscale boutique now dubbed the Larkspur Hotel Mill Valley.
After purchasing the roughly 60,000-square-foot property in 2007, the hotel group undertook renovations totaling $3 million in an attempt to reposition the property as a “premium hotel,” said Karl Hoagland, chairman of Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants.
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“Our goal and vision was to better meet the needs of the Mill Valley market and community, so our goal was to reposition it and keep with the natural settings,” Mr. Hoagland said.
Before the acquisition, the hotel was “way under profile for the community and the setting,” Mr. Hoagland said of the new flagship location. “It’s important because we’re based in Larkspur.”