Paul Jariwala, the general manager of Holiday Inn Express on Highway 190 put it best when it comes to the hotel industry.
“There’s kind of room for everyone,” he said.
Even though it will be in direct competition with the Holiday Inn, a Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton will be constructed at the 2.6-acre lot just to the east and of the Holiday Inn on Highway 190. The hotel will be the third one in that area as it will also join the Best Western Porterville Inn.
The three hotels will continue to provide a need for people who travel Highway 190 to visit such attractions at the Sequoia National Forest.
Porterville Lodging LLC is the owner of both the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn. Jariwala will serve as the general manager for both hotels.
Jariwala said it’s planned for construction of the Hampton Inn to begin this summer and it’s hoped the hotel will be ready to open by the summer of 2021.
Jariwala said the Hampton Inn will be similar to the Holiday Inn as it will be an upper-midscale hotel. The Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn compete with other upper-midscale hotels such as LaQuinta, Fairfield Inn and Comfort Inn.
But Jariwala said the majority of those hotels’ customers are loyalty members. He said right now 60 to 70 percent of those staying at the Holiday Inn are loyalty members. “The loyalty people makes a big difference,” he said.
Jariwala said the Hampton Inn will have amenities similar to the Holiday Inn, including a pool, spa, gym and wireless internet.
The Hampton Inn will be two adjacent towers — one four stories and one three stories — Jariwala said. The entrance will be on the backside of the hotel away from Highway 190. The buildings will be L shaped.
The hotel will have 87 rooms. The Holiday Inn has 69 rooms of which 24 are suites. Jariwala said 20 percent of the rooms in the Hampton Inn will be suites, so more than 20 of the rooms will be suites. The suites will include a living room area along with a bedroom and will also have a kitchen.
And just as the Holiday Inn does, the Hampton Inn will serve breakfast. There’s also the potential for a restaurant to be placed in the Hampton Inn.
Jariwala said there have been a couple of entities who have shown interest in having a restaurant at the Hampton Inn and a pad for a restaurant will be constructed at the hotel. “We have done our homework on the franchise side,” Jariwala said.
The Holiday Inn also just went through a complete overhaul in which virtually the entire hotel was renovated. Jariwala said the cost of the project was $1.2 million to $1.5 million.
All of the rooms were redone and new beds and furnishing were placed in all the rooms. In addition, the 32-inch televisions in the rooms were replaced with 49-inch televisions.
The hotel now has 100 percent LED lighting as “there isn’t a regular light bulb” in the hotel anymore, Jariwala said.
He added the Hampton Inn will also be 100 percent LED lighting. “It’s going to be all energy efficient and all that,” Jariwala said.