Atlanta-based Hotel Equities broke ground recently on the 92-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The new-build hotel will be located at1591 West Prien Road, beside the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, also managed by Hotel Equities.
"We are happy to add a second property to our successful operation of the SpringHill Suites in the vibrant and growing Lake Charles market," said Joe Reardon, Vice President of Business Development for HE. "We are pleased to work with an ownership group who has such an entrepreneurial vision and a commitment to building another great hotel in the community."
Mrs. Evette Gradney, of LA Creole Hospitality, welcomed guests to the groundbreaking event. After the invocation by Evangelist Kerry Bueche, Mrs. Gadney introduced the following distinguished speakers: Stuart Weatherford, City of Lake Charles Councilman, district E; John F. Biagas, of LA Creole Hospitality, Fred Cerrone, Chairman and CEO of Hotel Equities;Shelley Johnson, Executive Director, LC/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau; Avon Knowlton, Executive Vice President, SWLA Economic Development Alliance; and Randy Roach, City of Lake Charles Mayor.
Other elected officials, members of the Lake Charles Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau also attended. Following the program, guests witnessed a ceremonial groundbreaking in the lot adjacent to the SpringHill Suites hotel.
"Hotel Equities has proved to be an excellent partner in both development and third party hospitality management," saidJohn F. Biagas, Managing Member of LA Creole Hospitality 1 and BDK Associates, owner of both the SpringHill Suites by Marriott and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Lake Charles. "We are proud to partner with them on another outstanding project and look forward to many more."
The Residence Inn Lake Charles will include studio rooms as well as one and two-bedroom suites. Guest may enjoy a food and beverage market, guest laundry, board room, exercise room and an outdoor pool & spa. The rooms feature an efficient full kitchen, a large one-compartment bathroom with walk-in shower, a comfortable work or relax sitting area and a desk area with room to spread out and work in comfort.
"We are proud to bring an upscale, extended stay hotel to Lake Charles," said owner Mrs. Evette Gadney, member of LA Creole Hospitality, owner of the hotel. "Coupled with a hot breakfast, free WI-FI, and other amenities, this new hotel will give our guests the ability to thrive during long stays as never before!"
Hotel Equities (HE) is an Atlanta-based full-scale hotel management, development and consulting firm. Frederick W. Cerrone, CHA, serves as Chairman and CEO. Brad Rahinsky serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. HE presently has more than 50 properties in its portfolio.
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