A new five-story Hampton Inn and Suites will feature more enhanced guest rooms and lobby and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Ground has already been broken for the new facility which is scheduled to open in September 2013.
ALBANY — Land is being prepared off Dawson Road for a new Hampton Inn and Suites. According to Hitesh Patel, general manager of the current Hampton Inn at 806 N. Westover Blvd., actual construction of the hotel will begin upon final approval of the city. Patel, who has been named as manager of the new facility, said construction is expected to be completed sometime in September 2013.
The current 82-room Hampton, adjacent to the Albany Mall, is something of an outdated design, Patel said, with outside access to guest rooms and its less “socially inviting” lobby.
“People today don’t want to spend time in their rooms so much,” Patel said. “They’d rather spend their time with other people.”
To that end, Patel said, owners of the Albany Hampton franchise, HVN LLC in Memphis, Tenn., will establish the new lobby with a “community table” with candles, high-end window sheers and other amenities designed to foster social mingling.
According to Patel, the new five-story, 62,000 square foot hotel at 2628 Dawson Road will include 92 larger and improved guests rooms, enhanced meeting spaces, a two-level breakfast area, an outdoor swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Nine or 10 additional employees are expected to be hired for the new Hampton Inn, bringing the total employment to about 34, Patel said.