RICHMOND -- The general managers of the two newest hotels in downtown have resigned, and the owners of one of the hotels are working to obtain a continuing financial commitment from their principal lender.
Jeffrey E. Brown, who has been general manager of the Omni Richmond Hotel since before its opening in May, resigned last week to pursue other business interests in the Richmond area, hotel officials said.
Jean-Pierre David, general manger of the Ramada Renaissance Hotel since its opening in May 1986, also resigned last week.
His plans were not disclosed by hotel officials.
John Hanky Jr., managing general partner for Richmond Renaissance Associates, said his group has been discussing the financial status of the 300-room hotel with its primary lender, Perpetual Savings Bank in Northern Virgina, for the past several months.
"The property is not performing as well as it could," he said. "The competition has been strong."
For several years there was only one major downtown hotel, the John Marshall. Now there are two more besides the Omni and the Ramada -- the Richmond Marriott and the Jefferson Sheraton.
The downtown area also has a Holiday Inn, a Quality Inn, a Comfort Inn and the all-suites Commonwealth Park.
In addition, two smaller European-style inns are being developed.