Minot's Staybridge Suites, a 102 all-suites hotel, held its official grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday.
After John Coughlin, of Minot, president of Premiere Hospitality LLC, owners of the hotel, cut the ribbon, Minot's mayor Curt Zimbelman and other special guests were invited to tour the facility. The hotel is located at 3009 S. Broadway.
Zimbelman noted to the group gathered in the hotel that this is the first new hotel built on the east side of South Broadway. He said these are the type of rooms that are needed. "It's a great investment in the community," he added.
John Coughlin, of Minot, president of Premiere Hospitality LLC, flanked by Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors members, cuts the ribbon Thursday at the official grand opening of Staybridge Suites on South Broadway in Minot. Premiere Hospitality consists of owners who are all from North Dakota. Behind Coughlin and partially shown is Staybridge Suites general manager Dave Bussard.
Wendy Howe, executive director of the Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau, said these rooms are needed desperately as the Minot CVB also is trying to attract conventions, sports tournaments and leisure travelers to the city. She said high occupancy has been a challenge for Minot CVB but the construction of new hotels like this one will make it easier to bring these activities to the city.
Howe said it's not just long-term stay people but Minot CVB is finding that more leisure travelers, families and business travelers are more attracted to the types of rooms as the Staybridge Suites has. "They want more space, they like all the amenities that come with these types of long-term stay hotels," she said.
During the grand opening and ribbon cutting, contribution checks were presented to three local groups: $1,000 to the Minot Dance Team from Staybridge Suites, and $10,000 each for flood recovery to Recovery Warehouse from Premier Hospitality LLC and to Hope Village from InterContinental Hotels Group.
Premiere Hospitality LLC consists of owners, all from North Dakota, including Coughlin and his wife, Leslie, Dennis and Rita Sommers, and Jim Myers, all of Minot; Dave Ekman and Norm Leslie, both Fargo; and Troy and Kellie Pierce of Mandan.
Coughlin Construction of Minot developed the property and Coughlin also provided construction oversight.
The property is managed by National Hospitality Services of Fargo and operates under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group, with headquarters in Atlanta.
The hotel consists of studio,
one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. All of the suites have full kitchens and work centers, including secure wi-fi. The hotel has a media room with a 60-inch HD TV, courtyard with fire pits and barbecues, and various activities hosted by the staff. A deluxe complimentary breakfast is provided for guests each morning and dinner and social four nights a week.
Dave Bussard is general manager of Staybridge Suites.
"We are very proud to bring this outstanding all suite property to our community" said Coughlin. "We look forward to filling an important role in the business and tourism growth of this region."