Protogroup hotel open in Daytona Beach, but many amenities not ready

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

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