|By Sarah M. Rivette, Watertown Daily
Times, N.Y.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Aug. 24, 2009--EVANS MILLS -- A new extended-stay hotel is set to open today, and will help fill a void in the market, according to the management company.
"I think it will serve the client base really well, it will be the only extended-stay hotel in Jefferson County," said Tarpan Patel, the vice president of Hemisphere Management, Rochester, which will manage the Candlewood Suites on Route 11 in LeRay. "I think there was a lack and this will give the travelers what they need. There is a lot of development in the area and I think we are going to be a key player in it."
The hotel is owned by Savera Hospitality LLC, Rochester.
The 112-suite hotel is designed for people who want to stay in the area for seven to 14 nights. Each suite is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, high-speed Internet and a 32-inch LCD television. There is a 24-hour laundry, gym and business center in the four-floor hotel, and an outside gazebo for cookouts.
Construction began Sept. 21 and finished last week when the parking lots were paved and the last-minute landscaping was finished. There will be a grand opening tonight with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. followed by a tour of the facilities and a room.
The hotel is located at 26513 Herrick Dr., off Route 11 near the Walmart Supercenter in the town of LeRay.
Mr. Patel said online registration for rooms will not begin for about a month, but those who want to book a room can call the main office at 629-6990 or stop at the front desk to make a reservation.
Mr. Patel said the project cost more than $10 million and will employ 20 local people for the front desk, property management and other staff. The price for a room reservation depends on the length of stay, he said, and there is no set price for a one-night reservation.
He said the Candlewood Suites offers something new for the Northern New York traveler. He emphasized the importance of extended stay, which he said will meet the needs of visiting family members of 10th Mountain Division soldiers and out-of-area contractors doing construction on post.
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