Grand re-opening marks Quality Inn & Suite’s all-around upgrade

GEORGETOWN – A scissor snip of the ribbon Monday afternoon marked the grand re-opening of a hotel complex that has been part of Georgetown’s DuPont Boulevard highway commercial district for about 17 years.

Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce members and local and state officials joined owners, partners and employees of the Quality Inn & Suites, which over the past year underwent an extensive $1 million-plus renovation and upgrade.

Shashi Patel, owner of the Georgetown Quality Inn & Suites, prepares to cut the ribbon celebrating the $1 million-plus upgrade to the hotel facility on U.S. 113. A Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce mixer was held after the ribbon cutting.

“I’ve been mayor since 2014,” Georgetown Mayor Bill West said at a chamber mixer hosted by the hotel in conjunction with the grand re-opening. “I’m proud of the way this town has taken off. We are starting to be acknowledged as a destination town where people want to come visit. I’m very proud of this hotel for being part of Georgetown and making this community what it is today. So, on behalf of the council and myself, thank you for being here.”

Built initially by Shashi Patel in 2001 as a Comfort Inn, the hotel is now under new management. His daughter Ranak Patel and son Raj Patel are partners in the family’s business. Shashi Patel also owns two hotels in the Washington, D.C. area and another in St. Michael’s on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“When this place first opened, let me tell you a lot of good stuffed happened,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Donna Koskey. “This was the original place for the decadent dessert party. This was the first place it was held for quite a few years. It was a great success, great fun and networking for our chamber of commerce. And I am sure glad to be back here again celebrating the grand re-opening.”

The Georgetown Quality Inn & Suites made a commitment to changes in management, appearance and quality to create a better business for themselves and the town of Georgetown.

Renovations, undertaken in phases so the hotel never had to completely close, took about eight months at a cost more than $1 million, said Crystal Foxwell, general manager of the Georgetown Quality Inn & Suites.

Ownership and management of Quality Inn & Suites, which underwent major renovation and upgrade, presented a $2,500 check to the town of Georgetown prior to the March 26 grand re-opening ribbon cutting. From left: Ranak Patel, Raj Patel, owner Shashi Patel, Georgetown Mayor Bill West, Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Kevin Thompson and Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Donna Koskey.

“We upgraded all of the rooms, new paint, new carpeting and furniture,” said Shashi Patel. “It was just completed at the beginning of this year.”

The hotel has 71 guest rooms and two jacuzzi suites.

There also was exterior work, including the parking lot.

In addition to renovation and upgrade, there has been re-franchising. The hotel is now Quality Inn & Suites.

“We went from a Comfort Inn to a Quality Inn, and that’s because any hotel that had two floors or less had to convert,” said Ms. Foxwell. “You have to have a third floor in order to be a Comfort.”

Plans may not end with the hotel renovation.

“We are actually looking into building a movie theater back behind us,” said Ms. Foxwell.

In support of the town of Georgetown, Shashi Patel presented to Mayor West a $2,500 check.

Mayor West said the generous donation will be used to “beautify the town,” which will include Christmas decorations.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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