Holiday Inn Express & Suites has opened off Dawsonville HIghway/Ga. 53 in Gainesville.
The 94-room, four-story hotel at 1189 Dawsonville Highway opened Oct. 4 as the third and largest so far featuring the hotel chain’s newest look — one featuring a wide-open lobby with TVs, tables with wireless charging stations and a computer station.
“It is geared to millennial travelers, something hospitality has to think about now,” general manager Troy Patel said in giving The Times a tour on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
For guests, the hotel features a continental breakfast with foods prepared on site, a small grocery area with frozen dinners and other food and drinks, an outdoor patio with fire pit, heated outdoor pool, indoor fitness center and meeting space.
Construction of the 55,635-square-foot building began at the site in late 2016. There was some delay in the opening, but Holiday Inn spokesman Ada Hatzios said in June 2018 that “it is very common for construction timelines to get pushed back.”
The hotel is in the middle of a fast-growing commercial area. Off a cul-de-sac, it is beside Buffalo Wild Wings, behind Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and across from the North Lake Square shopping center.
A hotbed location isn’t lost on Patel.
“What makes us great is on this side of the town, there’s not a close-by hotel,” he said. “There is the closer you get into town. Also, here you can eat next door or at one of the surrounding restaurants without having to drive.
Also, “we’re excited about partnering with the neighboring businesses to see how they use us and we can use them.”