The Webster City Chamber Coffee will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at The Executive Inn, 1700 Second St., and many of those attending might be surprised at the changes at the local motel. The Executive Inn of Webster City is getting a facelift, thanks to the hard work of new owners, Pawel and Dominika Kraska.
Eight years ago, the Kraskas came to the U.S. form Poland. They lived in Chicago for a while and later moved to Kenosha, Wis. Pawel had a remodeling company there and Dominka worked in real estate. At the same time, the couple also owned rental properties and even developed a small subdivision.
"Then we decided there were too many things going on. We were never in our house. We were always somewhere else doing business."
Dominika and Pawel Kraska , new owners of The Executive Inn in Webster City, have updated the guest rooms in the motel.
So the Kraskas looked for a business where they could have everything under one roof-a place where they could live on-site, work and manage a business. A motel or hotel seemed to be the perfect answer for the couple.
They traveled extensively across the United States looking for just the right small town with a motel in need of good management and tender loving care.
"It was about two years ago. We searched for the perfect place," Pawel said. "We drove everywhere, including Colorado, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Minnesota. And we found this place and knew right away that The Executive Inn was what we were looking for."
Since purchasing the Executive Inn last fall, the Kraskas have worked on "taking good care of people," Pawel said.
"We want to make everybody feel at home here," Dominika added.
It's easy for the Kraskas to feel at home at the Executive Inn since they also live in an apartment just off the front desk.
"We're taking care of the place as like as we would take care of our home - because it is our home," said Pawel.
Pawel's experience in remodeling came in handy as the couple set about updating the neglected motel. The Kraskas have been busy sprucing up the 38 guest rooms. Each room has a coat of paint and new linens. Comfortable new armchairs grace the lobby and new items have been added to the large continental breakfast bar. They also modernized and opened up the front desk area.
"In all of our traveling we have learned what people want in a good motel. They want a clean room, a good bed and a good breakfast," Dominika said.
Pawel said one of the largest planned projects involves converting the motel's old swimming pool into a 1,600-square-foot banquet and conference room.
"We thought that would be a better usage of the space," he said. "We've heard there is a need for a space like that for gatherings."
"The changes we've made so far are just the beginning," Pawel added.
Coming from a large city to a small community, the Kraskas said they weren't sure what to expect.
"We've been pleasantly surprised. Everyone in Webster City has been so welcoming and friendly. It feels like home," Pawel said.