Two hotels slated for Gainesville

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 4:36 p.m.

Two new hotels are in the works for Gainesville with InterContinental Hotels Group planning to start construction on two extended-stay suite hotels in 2008 and 2009.

IHG will build a Candlewood Suites at Interstate 75 and Archer Road starting in the first three months of 2008 for opening a year later, and a Staybridge Suites at I-75 and Williston Road with groundbreaking early in 2009 and opening a year later. Both are firsts for the brands in the area.

The hotels will have 100 suites each. Candlewood typically employs 12 people and Staybridge employs 15-20 people, according to spokeswoman Monica Smith.

Across the United States and Canada, Candlewood has 151 hotels with plans for 187 more and Staybridge has 118 hotels and plans for 135 more.

Smith said demand is up for extended-stay hotels with amenities such as kitchens with full kitchenware. The average stay at the hotel brands are 8-14 nights.

“We look for extended-stay demand drivers such as hospitals, universities/colleges and a strong corporate presence,” Smith wrote. “Gainesville has all of these, making it an ideal location for extended-stay hotels such as Candlewood and Staybridge."

IHG is based on the United Kingdom with American offices in Atlanta. It owns 3,800 hotels in almost 100 countries.

A Homewood Suites by Hilton extended-stay hotel recently opened in Ocala at 4610 SW 49th Road, in the Heath Brook area.

The hotel features 99 suites described as “upscale, residential-style.”

General Manager Danny Santiago said the suites are designed for guests to stay five or more nights, or families who want to feel more at home while traveling.

Homewood Suites has 215 hotels and plans for another 125.

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