Recent renovations have transformed the Comfort Inn from a rustic lodge feel on the inside to a modern, classy county appeal. While the low has changed, the staff says the Comfort Inn is “still spilling over Ozark hospitality.”

The Comfort Inn will be hosting a ribbon cutting and tours for the public on April 11. Tours run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The ribbon cutting with the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.. The public is invited to stop in and take a look at the changes, said Janel Rowell.

Rowell is general manager of the Comfort Inn, one of 6 hotels in the area owned by Steve Ehrhardt, of Lebanon. The renovations come as the hotel gets ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. 

“The feedback from our guests both new and frequent; has been amazing. Guests who have stayed with us for years love the new, modern look yet say it still feels cozy,” she said. “Our open concept lobby and breakfast room make guests feel so welcome, they often visit with family and friends in our spacious lobby or gather around our community table. Just like being at home around a dining room table.”

Rowell said upgraded amenities that include granite counter tops and marble shower surrounds set the hotel head and shoulders about the 'average' Comfort Inn. All  rooms feature microwaves and refrigerators as well as complimentary WiFi. The hotel continues to offer the 24-hour salt water pool and hot tub.

“We just gave everything a beautiful new look. Our families that visit love the relaxing time,” she said. “Our team was already close and works together as a real team should and this remodel just proved that so much more. We have terrific folks on our team that love to serve. We're even thrilled to have the opportunity for more smiling faces if anyone would like to join .We've been enjoying the awesome feedback from our guests and look forward to showing off our new look at our ribbon cutting”

Rowell credits  Ehrhardt from Lebanon MO, who not only invests time and money into the Comfort Inn property, but the other five hotels he owns in the area (Candlewood Suites St Robert, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Liberty Lodge and Mainstay Suites). 

“Our day to day operations are overseen with passion by our Director of Operations, Rick Morris.” she said. “Our team is so excited about our renovation. It was a lot of hard work, long hours, and outside the normal day-to-day for our team but everyone really pulled together. “

The Comfort Inn houses graduation families every week and leisure travelers, Military groups, Military here for training and Route 66 travelers as well as return workers or road warriors on their way through who love the Comfort Inn for their service.  

The Comfort Inn also supports many community events and needs from Autism, Domestic Abuse Awareness, Relay for Life, Chamber, local festival sponsorship, youth sports and many more.  They also partner with the Waynesville high school for students from the special needs class working in the hotel.