The AmericInn sign in Peosta has been covered with a temporary Quality Inn & Suites sign. The hotel came under new ownership at the end of April, and officially became a Quality Inn on Friday, May 4. The new owner plans to make upgrades to the property, which was built in 1999 this summer and throughout the next two years.

On May 4, the AmericInn Hotel and Suites in Peosta officially became a Quality Inn & Suites. The name change came about a week after the property switched hands and came under new management.

According to the hotel’s new General Manager Brian Scheffert, the property, which had been owned by River City Investment, Ltd., was on the market for about three years before the sale took place. River City Investment is a holding of Jerry and Jeanine Koch, Dyersville.

“The hotel was never on the market, in the sense that we advertised,” said Jeanine Koch. She said that the current owners heard through another party that the Kochs might be willing to sell.

“We like to build and sell properties,” said Koch. “We were just ready to not have the day-to-day responsibility of something like that.” She said that the couple hopes to retire soon.

According to the Dubuque County Assessor’s website, the new contract holder is Grinnell, Iowa based Laxmee Inc.

Scheffert, who manages other properties for Laxmee, will be overseeing the transition, but will not permanently relocate to Peosta. However, the new Assistant General Manager, Amanda Knoot, relocated from Grinnell and is in Peosta to stay.

“A choice was given to the AmericInn staff to reapply,” said Knoot. “Six or seven of them reapplied, and nearly all of those were rehired.” She said that a housekeeper has also moved to the location from Grinnell, and that management is looking to fill other openings in the coming weeks.

Scheffert said that the switch to Quality Inn & Suites, which is a member of the Choice Hotels group, will provide the new management with resources that they did not have under the AmericInn brand.

“We’ll have more sales, promotions and package deals, and a better reservation system,” said Scheffert. “It should be able to pull more business here from the Dubuque area.” Scheffert said that he has already seen customers make the trek to Peosta as an alternative to Dubuque hotels since the name change occurred.

With the change in ownership, Scheffert said that the property will undergo several updates. The entire hotel will receive new paint and carpeting, and the rooms’ lamps, bedding and drapes will be switched out for new fixtures. The lobby furniture will also be replaced, as will the current TVs, which will be replaced with flat screens.

Scheffert said that most of the updates will be made this summer, but some will be spread out over the next two years. He said that he does not anticipate any disruption to the hotel’s service, and that much of what customers came to expect from AmericInn will remain unchanged.

“We’re still doing pool parties and passes,” said Scheffert. “We’ll even have extended hours.” He said that customers should call the hotel to inquire about the new hours and other changes.