The Holidays are coming
Here's some from a piece I have in today's paper about Rochester and its potential forecast for three Holiday Inn hotels
The Holidays are coming.These Holidays are not like Fourth of July or even National Doughnut Day.
They are brick-and-mortar Holiday Inn brand hotels.
There are none in Rochester as of today, but construction is under way in downtown and on Second Street Southwest to bring the Holiday Inn name back to town.
And more could be on the way.
Work is finishing up on the underground parking and the framing up of the walls is starting at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites being built by the Miracle Mile shopping center on Second Street.
"It is going well," said Jeff Lamont, the owner of hotel developer Lamont Cos. "We are hoping to open by the end of the year."
Lamont has been planning the 85-room hotel as part of Rick Penz' Shoppes on Second development since 2007. Since then the project has changed many times due to a variety issues.
"We're excited to get it going, Lamont said. "There is a need for it in Rochester that we saw, mainly in the Holiday Inn family."
In fact, Lamont is looking beyond this project to building a second Holiday Inn hotel.
"We'll be doing a full-service Holiday Inn shortly after this one," he said.
Where that will be built is still being worked out, but Lamont says his company is looking seriously at two or three locations.
That matches information from the InterContinental Hotels Group, the parent of the Holiday Inn brands.
Sherry Telford of IHG confirmed that three Holiday Inn hotels "are currently in IHG's development pipeline" for Rochester.
That list includes Lamont's Holiday Inn Express as well as a full-service Holiday Inn vaguely listed without a specific address.
And the third is the former Holiday Inn Express in downtown that currently is an independent that goes by Rochester City Center Hotel.