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Dave Olson, Published May 08 2013

Fargo Holiday Inn set to unveil improvements to pool Friday

FARGO – The Holiday Inn of Fargo is set to unveil Friday part of a $2 million renovation project that includes many improvements to the hotel’s pool area, known as Shipwreck Bay Water Playland.

The work included removing and replacing a pirate ship called Treasure Hunter II and the addition of new kid-friendly features to the pool area.

A new and larger hot tub is now in place as well, along with fresh pool decking.

“This is a great example of the commitment the Holiday Inn of Fargo has made to ensure our property continues to provide an outstanding facility for our guests and address their desires and needs,” said Mike Prekel, the hotel’s general manager.

Other improvements made as part of the renovation include a new poolside bar that will feature food items like the Buccaneer Burger and Scallywag Hot Dog.

Adult beverages and non-alcoholic drinks also will be available.

As part of the renovation work, poolside and pool-view guest rooms have been upgraded with new beds, light fixtures, furniture, carpeting, draperies and artwork.

The project took about eight weeks to complete.

Prekel said a second round of improvements will begin soon on about 150 rooms in the Holiday Inn’s tower area. That phase of work will be completed over the summer.

With about 320 employees, the Holiday Inn is the largest single hotel employer in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

It has 310 guest rooms and more than 27,000 square feet of commercial space that is used for banquets, meetings and conventions.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555