6/05/2019 – Local officials welcome hotel

Posted on: June 10th, 2019 by admin


May 31, 2019


By Virginia Annable


Sparkling tan and white stones line the hallways of four orange-and-blue-carpet-clad floors of the new Hampton Inn and Suites in Lenoir.


The hotel opened at the end of March but received its ceremonial welcome from local elected and business leaders Tuesday, two years and two weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony.


The entire building seems to sparkle — colorful wall art and paintings cover the walls, bright accents like orange chairs and yellow coat hooks accent the rooms, and large white orb lights hang from a tall ceiling in the lobby, lighting a large room with welcoming tables and chairs.


Deborah Murray, executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, said the hotel’s development is a testament to the county’s economic stability.


“This is a day for us to say this is one more significant investment in Caldwell County that shows a couple of things — one, we are worthy of investment, and two, we can support that,” Murray said.


The land was long owned by the Broyhill family and used to be an airstrip, among other things. It was sold to Sid and Arvind Maheshwari, principals at MRI Hotels, to develop the hotel.


The 85-room hotel is already taking off in popularity, Arvind Maheshwari said. There have been three sold-out nights and high online ratings, he said. The hotel also has the highest cleanliness rating among Hampton Inns nationwide, he said.


The four story hotel has an indoor pool, a meeting room, a fitness center, laundry and three types of rooms: those with two queen beds, with one king bed, or a suite with a king bed, a couch and more space.


Caldwell County Commissioner Randy Church such a big hotel has been long-awaited in the county.


“It’s great to be here and be a part of this,” he said. “We’ve longed for many years for a hotel as nice as this to come to our county.”


Reporter Virginia Annable can be reached at 828-610-8724.

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