DOVER — Residents and tourists should be on the lookout for Home2Suites, as the four-story, 91-suite hotel is under construction in Dover and scheduled to open in July.
Home2Suites by Hilton will be at 222 South Dupont Highway, featuring extended stay facilities with long-term suites.
It is on the site of the former Comfort Inn next to the TGI Fridays restaurant.
The hotel was originally scheduled to open in June, but the weather caused delays in construction, according to managing partner Tom Kramedas.
“It seemed like every time I turned around, there was a snowstorm,” he said.
The hotel will have 91 rooms, each of which will be either a one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite and will be about $90 to 120 per night, according to Mr. Kramedas.
The hotel will feature extended-stay suites with kitchenettes and flat-screen televisions, an indoor saline pool, free hot breakfast, grab-and-go sandwiches, a Spin2Cycle fitness center and an outdoor patio with a fire pit and grill.
Cindy Small, director of tourism for Kent County, is excited for what the hotel will offer to the city.
“We appreciate the fact that the hotel is not adding room inventory to our current supply,” she said. “Rather, it is improving the quality of our room inventory. It’s very exciting.”
Mr. Kramedas feels Dover is the ideal location to have extended-stay suites.
“It was just natural,” he said. “It just seemed like the right thing to do here in Dover. Hilton doesn’t have any extended-stay hotels here in Dover. The Marriott does, but the Hilton didn’t and we are in the perfect location because we’re in the ideal market.”
Home2Suites is in the heart of the historic district of Dover, as it is within walking distance to a variety of museums, attractions, restaurants and shops.
The Dover Air Force Base and Dover Downs Slots and Casino are three miles from the hotel. Mr. Kramedas hopes it will draw most of its clientele from people in the military.
“This is the right product for them,” he said.
“We’re a military market and this hotel is geared towards them. They have a place to stay for up to three months. It’s the perfect place for them.”
Ms. Small agreed, but she believes other people can take advantage as well.
“Extended stay is always nice for those who are here for more than a few days,” she said.
“This works well for consultants, temporary employees and people engaged in Dover Air Force business, for example.”
Ms. Small is also ecstatic about the growth of businesses in Dover as well.
“I do believe that growth and investment is what will lead us to success,” she said.
“I think you can only cut so much before there’s nothing left of value. Cutting back or idling growth sends the wrong message. Success breeds success, so that needs to be our focus.”
Staff writer Arshon Howard can be reached at 741-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.