"Contrary to many areas of
Hospitality Specialists, which has interests in 24 hotels — 17 in
"The economy here is so much more diversified," he noted. "We believe in the
In fact, Hospitality Specialists is adding two new hotels to the pair it already owns in suburban
Mann, who is partner in the business with his brother, Jim Mann — both "recovering lawyers," he noted — said he is delighted by the new Hampton Inn's setting, which is accessible by a service road in the Costco-Target retail center south of 28th Street and also from 33rd Street. The 98-room hotel and its sister Hospitality Specialists property, SpringHill Suites (109 rooms), sit on a rise of land bordered by protected wetlands. With its trees, marshes and wildlife, Mann said it's a "park-like setting" that's unique among hotels with
"It's quiet," he said.
The Hampton Inn includes executive suites, work desks with ergonomic chairs, premium movie channels, indoor pool and whirlpool, 1,000 square feet of meeting space and a board room. Other
The renovations will begin outdoors with a new entrance, landscaping and signage. The lobby will be rebuilt to show off "a major piece" of water art. Guest rooms and bathrooms will be refurbished, and the remodeled restaurant will feature a new chef and menu.
Doubletree will host meetings, weddings, reunions and small conferences, Mann said, with space to accommodate as many as 500 attendees.
"It will be truly a new hotel, not a ribbon wrapped around a problem," he noted. "Our goal is to reestablish it as the premium hotel in the