New hotel set to open in June
A plethora of oil and gas workers seeking hotel rooms for weeks at a time a few years ago attracted Candlewood Suites to build a four-story hotel at 654 Market St. in Grand Junction.
Not as many of those workers are in Mesa County today, but the general manager of the soon-to-open hotel, Kellan Jordan, said he is optimistic Candlewood will find plenty of customers.
“It sounds like (oil and gas companies) are coming back, even if it won’t be as big as it was,” Jordan said.
The hotel chain is tentatively scheduled to open June 15. Jordan said the hotel, which accommodates extended stays with amenities such as kitchens and work spaces in suites, is best suited to people staying in town to work on construction projects or help stores open.
“We’re more aimed towards the business people, more or less,” he said.
The hotel will attempt to make guests feel at home. An outdoor area with two grills and a gazebo will give guests a place to mingle, and a common laundry room will be open at all times.
The hotel will have: a business center with three computers and two printers; a common area where guests can buy snacks, toiletries and medicine; and a service where guests can check out DVDs at the front desk.
The 97 rooms in Candlewood Suites come in three varieties. Studio rooms have: a queen bed; a work area; a bathroom; and a kitchen with a full-size fridge, a microwave, a stove top, a dishwasher, a sink and cupboards and drawers stocked with kitchen utensils.
The “double-double” is similar to the studio, but has two twin-size beds instead of one queen-size bed, and the work area is a bit larger.
The largest type of room, the executive suite, has a bedroom separate from the living room and kitchen, the bathroom is larger, and the kitchen has extra cupboards.
Room prices vary depending on the time of year, how long a guest is staying, and what kind of business the client brings to the hotel, according to Candlewood’s Director of Sales Eric Yarina.
Jordan said he’s not worried that Springhill Suites, 236 Main St., is scheduled to open the same month as his hotel.
“It seems they’re based more toward one-night stays and, with a downtown location, convention-center clientele,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll be competing. I’m sure there will be times we work together.”
People can go to http://www.candlewood suites.com to book rooms, but those reservations must be for July 15 or later.
Jordan said reservations for late June and early July can be made as June 15 draws nearer and the hotel can be sure it will open on time.