Middletown hotel once called ‘notorious for drug activity’ sold, changes name

A Middletown hotel, once called “notorious for drug activity” by police, has been sold to a California company that also operates a hotel in Vandalia, just north of Dayton.

The Parkway Inn, 2425 N. Verity Parkway, has changed its name to Travel Host Inn after it was sold to CUP Properties of Ohio, based in Valencia, Calif., for $415,000, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office. This is the third time the property has been sold in the last 22 years. It was sold for $810,000 in 2007 and $520,000 in 1997, according to the auditor’s office.

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The former Parkway Inn has been under scrutiny by the Middletown police department because of the number of police calls to the property. Three years ago, the department spent a “substantial” amount of time responding to calls at Parkway Inn, a trend that concerned Rodney Muterspaw, the police chief.

The hotel made headlines in 2016 when police officers and paramedics were called to room 130 on the report that a 5-year-old was not breathing. The boy, Alexander Stephens, died from those injuries on April 29, 2016 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and his brother Damyan, 6, suffered what were called non-life threatening injuries.

The boys’ mother, Theresa Hawkins-Stephens, 26, was charged with murder, two counts of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. Her friend, Rachael Bostian, 29, was charged with the same offenses.

Tina Srofe, manager of the hotel, said the company is renovating the 55 rooms. The goal, she said, is to “change the image” of the hotel and eliminate the “riffraff.”

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Of the 55 rooms, Srofe said 30 rooms have been renovated, and they’re being rented for $225 a week, including a $100 cash deposit. Once the other 25 rooms are remodeled, Travel Host Inn will offer nightly and weekly rates, she said.

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She said the hotel will offer a breakfast bar and laundry services.

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