New hotels slated for 2018 opening
By Corey Davis
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Two new brand-name hotels near Interstate 95 and U.S. 64 plan to be opening up during 2018 in Rocky Mount.
Motorists traveling up Winstead Avenue probably have noticed some activity taking place behind the closed Gateway Convention Centre off Curtis Ellis Drive. Crews from Hudson Brothers Construction Co. in Greenville on Wednesday continued to put together the wood frame of the Homewood Suites by Hilton, which is slated to open in November, said Bharat Patel, owner of Homewood Suites by Hilton.
The opening would be a little sooner than the initial January 2018 opening plans, said Ursula Roman, manager of brand public relations for Homewood Suites by Hilton.
“When you do a construction, it varies depending on weather and other things related to infrastructure, but we feel like that month looks good for it to happen,” Patel said.
Patel said the new 80,000-square-foot Homewood Suites by Hilton is going to be a $12 million construction project equipped with 93 units, 116 parking spaces and an 800-square-foot outdoor pool.
The hotel is expected to employ between 30 to 35 people, Patel added. First Carolina Bank is financing Homewood Suites by Hilton and site work is being done by Rocky Mount’s Mullen Construction Co. Inc.
Established in 1989, Homewood Suites by Hilton is a chain of all-suite, residential-style hotels managed by Hilton Worldwide. The chain consists of more than 350 hotels in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Reports said most Homewood Suites hotels are independently owned and operated by franchisees. Patel, who owns other brand-name hotels, said Homewood Suites competes in the upscale tier of the extended-stay market.
“This is certainly going to be somewhere that guests are going to like to stay, especially because the hotel is going to have large rooms,” Patel said.
While construction at Homewood Suites is in motion, work has stalled on the building of the more than $3 million, five-story Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott at 187 Wellspring Drive behind Candlewood Suites near the Highway Diner.
Katan Patel, who is part of a Roanoke Rapids-based ownership called New Bridge Management, was previously looking at a 2017 opening. But he said the launch of the new Fairfield Inn and Suites has been pushed back to summer 2018.
He said construction on the Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel has been temporarily delayed, while adding the local hotel is one of around 20 Marriott hotel construction projects across the country currently on hold at this time by Marriott because of some transitions taking place at the company.
Nonetheless, Patel said he expects Marriott to allow construction to continue in the near future. The hotel will have more than 90 guest rooms and employ between 20 to 25 people, Patel added.
“We’ve been looking to bring a hotel to Rocky Mount for a while, and we think this market will be a good fit for us to succeed,” Patel said.