Details are sparse, but one thing appears to be clear — plans are in the works to build a Hilton Brand hotel in Gainesville.
News of the coming hotel first surfaced at a Convention and Visitors Bureau meeting this week and was repeated by Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan during his presentation Thursday at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Dunagan said the hotel would be built behind the Kroger Supermarket at 1931 Jesse Jewell Parkway and near Limestone Parkway.
“I think it’s exciting,” Dunagan said. “When this is completed it’s going to give us 1,000 hotel rooms.”
However, Dunagan did not know what the franchisee is and had no other information to offer.
Gainesville Tourism director Catiel Felts also embraced the announcement.
“We are thrilled,” Felts said. “We are in great need of additional hotel rooms and housing for year-round events.”
Currently, the city has an inventory of 823 hotel rooms, according to Dunagan. However, that number will increase to 917 room once a 94-room Holiday Inn Express is completed. The four-story hotel with a footprint of more than 55,000 square feet is under construction on Dawsonville Highway beside Buffalo Wild Wings.
Although he doesn’t know how many rooms the Hilton Brand hotel will have, Dunagan expects it will put the inventory of hotel rooms in the city at 1,000 or more.
“It’s going to be good for the city,” Dunagan said.