Historic Hotel Bentley Poised For Re-Open
A charming hotel in Louisiana which closed in 2004 will soon be restored to its former glory. The historic Hotel Bentley in Alexandria, Louisiana is being bought by Centreniks Hospitality Group LLC, which plans to spend $14 million to buy and restore the Louisiana landmark. The hotel has a long history and once played host to General Dwight D. Eisenhower for an extended stay during military training. The four-star hotel, which was built in 1908, will have a formal reopening in August but may have a soft open in the spring. The eight-story hotel has a balconied lobby, crystal chandeliers and antiques. The once-bustling small town had fallen on hard times and is now in the process of revitalization.