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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -

When you see it, you have to do a double take.

Dozens of palms trees are lined up outside this hotel off Interstate 76 and state Route 46.

"We just thought it signifies funness. California, it's very sunny and it's a hotel. And also, as you see the building on the inside it's brightly colored, speakers everywhere, very music oriented," said Sebastian Rucci.

Rucci owns the Hotel California, as it is now called. He had owned the failed and somewhat controversial Go-Go cabaret business that used to be here.

Now, Rucci and some other investors are putting nearly $5-million into the building to make it an entertainment complex and hotel.

He has a $100,000 worth of fake palm trees alone, and apparently they are better than the real thing.

"I know people in California, who have called me and have seen the pictures, they want to take their real ones and take them out, put these up, because they are less maintenance," said Rucci.

He has 40 more coming for indoors,"I want them in the lobby, the restaurant, the nightclub, the jacuzzi room, some more on the outside."

Rucci's plan is to get the people who go to the racetrack and bring them here. To do that he is creating the kind of place, he feels caters to their needs.

All 100 rooms in the hotel are being redone. He showed us one basic room that is finished. Others, more than half, will be twice as big and much fancier.

Then, there's a whole room he's planning that has waterfalls and jacuzzis. "You're gonna have a 2 man jacuzzi, a 4 person and 8 person," said Rucci.

The new nightclub will have comedy and music seven days a week.

"Not only are we going to have that comedy here, we're looking to bring in local bands and all kind of talent. We've been talking to YSU to bring in jazz ensembles, harpists and flutists, all kinds of talent," said Dave Robich, with the Funny Farm Comedy Club.

The hotel will have a fine dining restaurant, room service and will feature an entire menu available 24 hours a day.

Rucci said the hotel is over half finished and it will be completed before the racino opens this fall.

 

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