SOUTHINGTON - Members of the Southington and Bristol Chambers of Commerce joined together to cut the ribbon on Courtyard by Marriott’s new hotel on West Street Thursday.
The lobby of the hotel at 1081 West St. was filled with mingling members of both Chambers as hotel staffed passed out food samples and local rock band Murray the Wheel performed. Josh Norris of Witchdoctor Brewing Company also passed out beer samples.
Courtyard by Marriott President Sal Shahriar explained that the 67,000-square-foot, 125-room hotel had its soft opening Nov. 15 last year. He said the town was very helpful in moving the process along and that construction was completed on schedule.
“We’ve had a good enough few months to get started and to put us in a good position going forward,” he said. “When the hotel season starts we’re ready to take it on.”
Shahriar explained that the West Street hotel is a prototype for the new “Courtyard” style hotels.
“Our goal is to build hotels like this statewide,” he said. “This is our gateway into Connecticut. We wanted this to be a corporate hotel, with an open lobby that feels more welcoming. We don’t have a pool, but our work out room is like a mini Gold Gym. We also have a bistro which serves breakfast and dinner and a social gathering area in back with a water fountain and a fire pit. It’s going to be a nice place to unwind.”
Shahriar added that Courtyard by Marriott has joined both the Southington Chamber of Commerce and the Central CT Chambers of Commerce.
Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce said the new hotel is “beautiful” and a “great addition to the region.” She added that the Chamber planned to use the hotel for future events.
Dawn Miceli, a Southington Town Council member who serves on the Board of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, said the hotel is “stunning.” The Southington Chamber has already used the hotel for an event.
“This is great for the economy of our town and for our local tax dollars,” she said. “It’s really what you want for an economic driver - it checks all the boxes.”
Southington Town Council Chair Chris Palmieri said that the hotel is a “great addition to town.”
“This will be a real asset to the community,” he said.
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