Two months after quietly beginning operations, the Hampton Inn by Hilton Hornell, the city’s first business class hotel, celebrated its official grand opening.
Located next to the bustling Hornell Plaza on state Route 36, the 80-room, four-story hotel hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday. Indus Hospitality Group, the hotel’s developer with a longstanding relationship with Hornell, organized the event. Numerous local figures, including Mayor John Buckley and Hornell IDA Executive Director Mike Nisbet, participated in the celebration marking the fruition of the over $12 million project.
Indus CEO, Jett Mehta, emphasized the community’s instrumental role in making the hotel a reality, noting the establishment as a true testament to public-private partnership. Despite challenges posed by the pandemic since the groundbreaking in December 2021, such as disrupted construction timelines and supply chain issues, the project pressed on without wavering in its dedication to the city.
The hotel, which expects to employ between 30 to 40 staff members, boasts amenities like a heated pool, outdoor seating, a fitness center, and a conference room. Recognizing former Mayor Shawn Hogan’s long-standing efforts to bring the hotel to fruition, a meeting room has been named in his honor.
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