DAYTONA BEACH — After nearly a decade of waiting, the doors are open at Daytona Grande, part of the controversy-ridden, much-delayed $192 million Protogroup twin-tower hotel-condominium project.

Sort of.

The hotel, part of the biggest, most expensive development project in Daytona Beach history, was expected to welcome its first guests on Friday, according to front-desk staff.

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Although the long-awaited Protogroup hotel, Daytona Grande, had its soft opening this week, pedestrian beach access and other amenities aren't yet available. The hotel is part of the much-delayed $192 million Protogroup twin-tower hotel-condominium project, the bigesst most expensive development in Daytona Beach history.

But they will arrive at a 27-story 455-room hotel that doesn’t yet offer a functioning fitness room, pool, walkway to the beach or other amenities.

“We had a very soft opening this week, with just a few rooms,” said Keith Toomer, the hotel’s assistant general manager on Friday, two days after the hotel opened. “We are definitely excited.”

Looking at the hotel from North Atlantic Avenue, where construction workers on tall ladders still labored on electrical wiring behind chain link fences on Friday morning, there’s no indication that the hotel is welcoming guests.

The glass-enclosed street-level storefronts where an array of shops are someday expected to beckon visitors remain dark, except for the presence of a temporary sign that marks the offices of Protogroup Inc., the family-run Palm Coast-based company whose Russian owners are developing the project.

A group of tourists walk along Atlantic Avenue on Friday in front of the $192 million Protogroup twin-tower hotel-condominium project. The project's hotel, Daytona Grande, had its soft opening this week, although many of the hotel's amenities including its fitness center, pool and ocean walkway aren't yet completed.

Alexey Lysich, the company’s president, was working in that office on Friday morning, but dismissed a News-Journal reporter’s request for a tour of the hotel’s rooms and other guest areas.

“Are you planning to check-in?” Lysich said. Otherwise, “send me a request.”

In recent months, Lysich and Protogroup’s Daytona Beach attorney, Rob Merrell, haven’t responded to numerous voicemail, text and email requests from The News-Journal for updates on the project or tours to assess its progress.

Such a request had been made early on Friday morning.

Merrell also could not be reached by email on Friday to discuss the hotel’s opening.