|By Kenneth R. Gosselin, The Hartford
Courant, Conn.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Aug. 02, 2011--A $12 million expansion and renovation of the Clarion hotel in Bristol will include the construction of a six-story tower that would add 22 guest suites aimed at attracting more business travelers to the Century Drive hotel.
The project, which officially got underway last week, will include renovation of the existing 120 guest rooms, public areas, conference and banquet space and restaurant. The plans also call for the addition of an outdoor patio next to the banquet hall and broadening of the restaurant to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The hotel will be rebranded as a DoubleTree by Hilton in the coming year.
The full-service hotel was built in 1988 and now encompasses about 100,000 square feet. The addition of the tower will add 35,000 square feet, according to ACG North America Inc., which is heading the construction.
The hotel has been owned by Gerald A. Niznick, a widely known prosthodontist and entrepreneur of implant dentistry, and his Bristol Hotel LLC venture for the past nine years.
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