SALAMANCA ã After years of planning, Salamanca has acquired a two-story, 68-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites just off Interstate 86 Exit 20 for weary tourists and travelers.
The $4.2 million hotel with an indoor pool, a project by Ross and Holly John of Broad Street Extension Development Co. in Salamanca, officially opened Thursday after a groundbreaking ceremony.
Mr John said: “This marks the start of the second phase of a five-year project.
The first phase project was an adjacent NAFCO convenience store and Burger King that cost $1.5 million to build 5½ years ago.
The Holiday Inn Express also offers 18 upscale suites, said lead developer and co-owner David Yarnes. These include two ßKing Whirlpool Suitesà with marble fireplaces, kitchenettes and a living/dining room with a TV.
There is a ßKid Suiteà with a separate bedroom for young people with their own bunk beds, PlayStation II, TV and stereo system, as well as a special bedroom for parents with a king-size bed and TV cabinet.
All rooms include an iron and ironing board, coffee maker, hair dryer, complimentary continental breakfast, and one king or two queen beds.
The hotel’s swimming pool is complemented by a hot tub and a fitness room.
There’s also a gift shop, as well as a lodge-like great room with loft ceilings and two-story windows that give views of the Allegheny Mountains.
“We put in a lot of effort and are very proud of this project,” Mr. Yarnes said. ßItÞs our hope to be a great getaway for people in the surrounding area. When people get tired of a long winter and want to stay a few nights to relax, we believe we can provide a local, attractive and cost-effective package.
The hotel’s main lender was First Tier Bank & Trust. The general contractor was Hardy Construction of Salamanca.
The Johns have a hotel management agreement with DeSilva Properties, LLC, of Norton, Mass., to operate the Holiday Inn Express.
For more information on the new hotel or for room rates, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or contact the hotel directly at 716-945-7600.
The hotel is hosting a grand opening on February 26 for everyone involved in developing and supporting the project.
Ms John said the completion of the hotel had been somewhat delayed by a few weeks, but that didn’t bother her because “we’ll be in this community for a long time”.
Mr John said the project also proves a point he and his wife wanted to make. Briefly referring to the contentious Salamanca land lease issue that has been settled, he said: “The opponents said it was a place doomed to ruin. We wanted to prove that was not the case.
He said, “Someone has to put money into it (the community). We wanted to be a spark.
As a member of the Seneca Nation, Mr. John urged his fellow Senecas and others in Salamanca to continue working together for the overall betterment of the community.
The Johns said they weren’t done developing the area.
The third phase development of the site requires a restaurant on the remaining 2-3 acres.
Mr Yarnes said it would most likely be a chain of franchise restaurants.