The Grand Royale Hotel in downtown Binghamton has reopened after being closed for about 20 months.

The hotel is housed in a Collier Street building that served as City Hall for several decades. The building was constructed in 1897.

In June, a group of investors from India announced they were partnering with Grand Royale owner Nirmal Aujla to resume operations.

Manager Salim Khan Monday afternoon said 15 of the rooms in the hotel are available now. He said renovation work is continuing on the remaining rooms. About 55 rooms ultimately will be available.

Khan said about 20 guests have stayed at the hotel since it reopened without any fanfare two weeks ago. He said all of the available rooms already have been booked for Binghamton University's parents weekend next month.

Work still must be completed at the hotel's restaurant and bar.

Khan said he expects a grand opening event will be held in December.

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