Davidson to operate Davenport Hotels

Davidson Hospitality Group has expanded into the Inland Northwest region with the addition of Davenport Hotels to its Pivot lifestyle portfolio. Established by Walt and Karen Worthy with more than 20 years of ownership, Davenport Hotels consists of five luxury, convention, business and leisure hotels in Spokane, WA.: The Historic Davenport Hotel (shown above), The Davenport Tower, The Davenport Lusso, The Centennial and The Davenport Grand Hotel.

Pivot, in partnership with KSL Capital Partners (which acquired the collection in December) and longtime Davenport Hotels Managing Director Lynnelle Caudill and her team, will continue building upon the legacy of the Worthys’ leadership to preserve the history and heritage of Davenport Hotels, according to Davidson.

“KSL’s proven success in investing in and elevating legacy properties will ensure that we continue to provide Davenport guests with the same high-quality experience established during the Worthys’ ownership,” said Pete Sams, COO, Davidson Hospitality Group. “Under our management, we look forward to even further enhancing the properties’ service offerings, continuing to engage the local community and strengthening the brand to attract even more visitors to Spokane.”

Michael Mohapp, principal, KSL Capital Partners, said, “As a company whose primary focus is to invest in travel and leisure properties, we understand the importance of hotels to their local community. The Worthys have built Davenport Hotels from a single hotel with the restoration of The Historic Davenport to a portfolio of Spokane’s highest quality hotels, and we are privileged to be part of the next chapter of these properties to ensure they continue to flourish.”

The Historic Davenport is an iconic landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with more than 100 years of storied history. An industry pioneer as the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts, accordion ballroom doors and ice water delivered to guests in each of its 405 rooms through specially designed faucets, The Historic Davenport became known as the most modern hotel in the U.S. when it opened in 1914. In 1985, the hotel closed and narrowly escaped demolition. The Worthys then purchased the property 17 years later, reopening the hotel in 2002 after a comprehensive restoration.

Davenport Hotels, with the addition of the four other properties, totals 1,787 guestrooms; 10 restaurants and lounges; and nearly 130,000 sq. ft. of meeting & event space. The hotels are near River Park Square, Spokane’s shopping and entertainment destination, as well as the Spokane Convention Center, The Podium sportsplex and the new downtown stadium slated to open in Fall 2023.

Davidson Hospitality Group also operates several historic properties across the U.S., ranging from boutique hotels to complex assets, including The Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, FL; Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI; Hotel Viking in Newport, RI; The Cottonwood Hotel in Omaha, NE; Canopy Philadelphia in Philadelphia; and Hotel Bella Grace and The Mills House in Charleston, SC.