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$350K makeover begins at Hampton Inn in Gainesville
Renovation work at the Hampton Inn at 450 Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville started last week. The upgrade to the hotel is expected to cost $350,000 and be completed by the fall. - photo by Carlos Galarza

Opened for business in time for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Hampton Inn on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville is getting a makeover estimated to cost more than $300,000.

Stephanie Berkland, general manager at the Hampton Inn, called the work that got underway at the hotel last week “a major exterior and interior renovation.”

The makeover will include improvements to the portico-like structure at the entrance to the building where vehicles stop to drop off passengers, plus roof improvements, according to Gainesville building official Joe Davidson.

He said the hotel is also getting a new paint job, stone finish and upgrades to its corridors, lobbies, elevators, plumbing fixtures and guestrooms. The improvements are expected to cost $350,000, Davidson added.

“It will be a total face-lift for the hotel,” Davidson said.

Berkland said she expects the renovations to be completed by the fall.

In the meantime, the Hampton Inn will continue to welcome guests.

Work at the hotel comes six months after Atlanta-based Hotel Equities, which is the management group for the Gainesville Hampton Inn, announced plans for the renovations in October 2016.

Joe Reardon, a senior vice president at Hotel Equities, said at the time that the renovations would be in line with the Hilton brand’s “Forever Young” design that promises to deliver a fresh new look and experience for guests.

The face-lift comes 21 years after the hotel made its debut in Gainesville.

“The hotel was originally built for the Olympics,” Berkland told The Times.

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