The Fairfield Motor Inn, long a fixture at the Post Road traffic circle, has been reborn as the Fairfield Circle Inn.

The refurbished hotel was unveiled Thursday during an open house, hosted in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce. Partners Ed Gormbley and Clay Fowler purchased the property at 417 Post Road for $7.1 million last November.

Almost all of the 80 rooms have been upgraded, along with the common areas, over the last six weeks. And, Gormbley said, he and Fowler have begun the same renovation process across town at the Hi-Ho Motor Inn on upper Black Rock Turnpike. That property changed hands last December for $4.35 million.

Though in recent years the motor inn’s condition — and reputation — had declined, Thursday’s open house signaled the new owners’ determination to change that.

“I wouldn’t think twice about recommending it to family or friends,” said Brian Silvestro at a reception poolside. “We were just talking about what it was once, what it became and what is it now.”

“I think it’s great,” agreed Ed Crowley.

Room service and poolside food service will be provided via a partnership with the Circle Diner next door, and there are plans to provide a shuttle service to local beaches and downtown. The inn will also provide conference space.

Gormbley, who grew up in Bridgeport and attended Fairfield Prep, said when the property went on the market, “it was just a no brainer.”

Plans are for the inn to “be a real family hotel,” he said. Fowler said they are excited to refurbish the property and restore its reputation.

While there are many new amenities at the hotel, one thing that hasn’t changed is the general manager, Rachel Watts.

“I’ve been here for 20 years,” she said. “I started as a night auditor and worked my way up. I don’t think anyone here is as excited as I am. I think I’m the oldest thing in the property right now.”

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