The Hampton Inn on Frontage Road will be the second hotel owned by Vision Hospitality Group Inc. of Chattanooga. The hotel development and management company opened Fairfield Inn & Suites on Westside Drive in 2008 and manages Comfort Inn & Suites on Interstate Drive N.W.
The $8.5 million Hampton Inn increases the number of hotel rooms in the city to about 1,830, according to figures from the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. Eighteen hotels hold membership in the business organization. The new hotel follows less than a year behind the new Holiday Inn Express which opened in June 2012.
Vision Hospitality Group President Mitch Patel said it is always satisfying to open a new hotel in Cleveland, which he considers his hometown, and it is where the family entered the hospitality business.
“My father (Ish Patel) moved the family from California to Cleveland in the middle of my fifth-grade school year and bought the Scottish Inn on Exit 25 (of Interstate 75 in the late 1970s),” he said. “That’s how we got into the hotel business many years ago. It’s always satisfying to open a new hotel in Cleveland.”
The Hampton Inn is for both today’s business and leisure traveler. The hotel features approximately 1,700 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool and a state-of-the-art exercise room and business center.
Patel said the company has 20 hotels with 14 more in the pipeline. The Hampton Inn will be the first of the group’s eight hotels opening in 2013.
“We are probably one of the most active hotel developers in the country right now, and we’re proud to call this area our home,” he said.
Patel has invested $15 million in Cleveland within the past five years. He said the Cleveland market is growing in population and economy. The success of the Fairfield Inn gave him the confidence to make another investment in the city.
“Cleveland, I think, is a jewel of a community, not because it’s my hometown,” he said. “I was reluctant to build that first hotel in Cleveland back in 2008. I’m very analytical. I studied the market and the numbers and they weren’t too strong in Cleveland.
“My father ... is a longtime Clevelander. He’s been a member of the Rotary Club for 25 years and knows Cleveland very well and he encouraged me to develop a new hotel, because he felt this town was ready. At that time, you didn’t have a lot of newer hotels. You had a lot of older hotels and we didn’t have a Marriott-branded hotel in the market.
“I went ahead and proceeded, cautiously, and that hotel has exceeded my expectation. It has done better than what I could ever imagine. We don’t ever want to underestimate the Cleveland market.”
There is an existing Hampton Inn off Exit 27. It is an older hotel that will be rebranded sometime in the future.
“We are replacing that Hampton Inn with our four-story, interior-corridor hotel,” he said. “We are basically replacing an older Hampton Inn with a newer, modern interior-corridor hotel.”
Patel said he is hopeful the new hotel will act as a catalyst for more development at the intersection of Paul Huff Parkway and Frontage Road similar to development surrounding the Holiday Inn Express with the addition of LongHorn Steakhouse.
“Maybe this hotel will help get a restaurant on either side of the Hampton Inn or on Frontage Road across the street,” he said.
“Hopefully that area will get a cluster of restaurants. It’s not a coincident that LongHorn Steakhouse came in after the Holiday Inn Express was opened because it has a captive audience at that hotel who want to walk to the restaurant and then walk back to their room.”