So suite: Quality Inn owners plan upscale hotel for west Glenwood
The owners of the Quality Inn in west Glenwood are hoping to build a more upscale hotel across the street.The hotel is tentatively being called Glenwood Springs Suites. It would feature larger, suite-style rooms targeting people wishing to stay for extended periods, said Sean Cronin, one of the partners in the project.The project is scheduled for a conceptual review at tonight’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting.The project applicant is McBride New Castle Assoc. Other partners include J. Craig McBride and George Andrews.They took over the Comfort Inn in New Castle a month after it opened and converted it to a Rodeway Inn, then sold it in May to a New Castle couple, Cronin said.They bought the Quality Inn on Gilstrap Court in June 2001.”We just love this area, and we love the market,” Cronin said. “The town is great. People love coming here. We just want to create a great experience for those people coming to a resort town.”The Quality Inn location has 61 rooms. The new site would have 56. Sixteen of those would have full kitchens, four more would have kitchenettes, and the rest wet bars.”Even those rooms are configured pretty nicely with a dividing wall, a separate area so it suits either small families or a businessperson,” Cronin said.Cronin said customers like Quality Inn because it has larger rooms, and suite-type rooms are popular among other Glenwood lodges that offer them. But he thinks there’s a demand for more higher-end suites.The new hotel would be able to accommodate large groups such as church and ski groups, he said. A meeting area will hold about 100 people, and could host some weddings and conventions.It also will have an exercise room, coffee shop and underground parking.The hotel would have three levels and be 36,000 square feet in size, or 45,000 square feet. including the garage.City community development director Andrew McGregor voiced initial support for the proposal.”It’s an infill situation, seemingly a good location,” he said.McGregor said the Quality Inn is well-run and well-maintained, “so we’re encouraged and enthusiastic.”The extended-stay concept fits well with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s goal of trying to lengthen the time tourists spend in town.The new hotel also would add choices to a city whose lodges book up on summer weekends. But Marianne Virgili, the chamber’s executive director, suspects that some smaller lodges in town struggle during other times of year, and might not see a need for more hotel space.The city may not be lacking in hotel rooms in general, but might have a need for more extended-stay types of rooms, she said.McGregor said the city also is seeing more nontourist, nontransient use of lodging space by workers such as subcontractors for the Glenwood Meadows commercial project who put their crews up in town, or even natural-gas employees associated with drilling in western Garfield County.Virgili said ski-related resort expansion projects in the Vail and Aspen areas could add to the demand for construction workers to stay in local lodges.But Cronin said contractors aren’t the target of the new hotel, which would have rates probably 25 to 30 percent higher than at Quality Inn.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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