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Fairfield Inn & Suites to open its doors

A new three-story hotel in west Albany features 87 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and an exercise facility.

A new three-story hotel in west Albany features 87 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and an exercise facility.

ALBANY -- Weary travelers will have a new place to rest their heads in Albany when the Fairfield Inn & Suites opens its doors Thursday morning.

"We are excited to come to Albany," said Liz Minter, Fairfield Inn & Suites general manager. "We've been waiting during the eight months of construction, and now the time is here."

Minter said the three-story hotel features a total of 87 rooms, 25 of which are suites. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool.

"It's very nice," she said of the pool. "Even though it is a little cold now, during the summer I'm sure our guests will enjoy it."

Fairfield Inn & Suites will also offer guests a complimentary continental breakfast.

"We have quite a variety for our breakfast buffet," said Minter. "We will have coffee, cereal and an assortment of breakfast pastries."

She said Fairfield Inn & Suites also has a full fitness center with a number of elliptical machines and various exercise equipment.

Minter said Fairfield Inn & Suites is big sister to Marriott's economy lodging chain.

"Fairfield is about getting back to the basics; we don't have anything overly fancy, but we are determined to give great guest service," she said.

Minter said she is very enthusiastic about her new staff of 25 employees.

"They seem dedicated and ready to work," she said. "I am very pleased

with the team we have selected."

Minter said along with the grand opening of the hotel, the associates will also enjoy an appreciation banquet for their hard work in getting the hotel ready for opening day.

"We are going to have a small party for the associates with a Mardi Gras theme," she said. "It will have traditional New Orleans-style food; it's just our way of saying thank you and hopefully will energize the staff for the opening."

Minter said she feels Fairfield Inn & Suites will give tourists and visitors to Albany another choice for lodging.

"The goal is to give people a few different hotels to choose from," she

said. "We feel that Fairfield will be competitive in pricing and appeal."