The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month.
Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only the second Hyatt in Mississippi, joining the Hyatt Jackson on County Line Road.
The Hyatt-Place and the soon-to-open Hampton Inn will give Columbus about 1,500 hotel rooms catering to a mix of business and leisure travelers.
“We’re going to do extremely well,” said Tess Mason, director of sales for the 99-roon Hyatt-Place on its second day of business. “We have very high expectations.”
The hotel, 101 Hospital Drive Extended, is near Columbus Air Force Base, where a third of the nation’s Air Force pilots are trained, as well as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and downtown Columbus.
Shailee Raj, the Hyatt-Place general manager, said the vibrancy of Columbus, its restaurants, markets and impressive arts and entertainment venues made it an easy choice to be the home of only the second Hyatt in Mississippi.
“No matter why guests are visiting the area, we are confident that Hyatt-Place Columbus will exceed guest expectations,” Raj said in a press release.
Nancy Carpenter, executive director of the Columbus-Lowdes Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in addition to friends and family visiting the Air Force Base and Mississippi University for Women, Columbus draws visitors to its three historic districts that include 650 properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also, the new hotel is within a 20-minute driver of Mississippi State University.
Columbus sits on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, a popular destination for boaters. The Golden Triangle city of 23,000 people has restored the old Mississippi Hwy. 82 bridge over the Ten-Tom, as a pedestrian walkway leading into downtown.
With 130 restaurants, “People coming to Columbus to stay at the hotel have plenty of places to eat,” Carpenter said in an interview.
And downtown, she added, “Has become a wonderful entertainment venue.”
Hyatt-Place Columbus, which falls into Hyatt’s upscale service hotel category, will offer 99 “roomy” rooms that include the popular Hyatt Grand Bed and Cozy Corner Sectional Sofa. All rooms will feature a swiveling 42-inch HDTV.
Other features include:
» Free Wi-Fi throughout the property;
» Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet TM breakfast for guests, including breakfast sandwiches,fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, coffee and an assortment of juices;
» 1,080 square feet of high-tech meeting/function space;
» 24/7 Gallery Menu serving made-to-order entrees and appetizers around the clock;
» A Coffee to Cocktails Bar offering specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails.
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