SpringHill Suites by Marriott to open on West Kellogg by Texas Roadhouse

WICHITA — A new SpringHill Suites by Marriott is coming to West Kellogg.

Wichita-based Mitesh Construction is building the 121-room hotel at 6633 W. Kellogg, which is on the east side of Texas Roadhouse.

“There was no Marriott brand on the west side of the town,” Mitesh Patel says.

He says he’d hope to bring a Courtyard by Marriott there but couldn’t.

“We had a little opposition from (the) downtown Courtyard,” Patel says.

His group also has the Fairfield Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express in Hutchinson along with the Best Western in Hiawatha.

Patel says he’s had 37 hotels that he’s bought and sold through the years.

“Our business is to run hotels and build them,” he says.

SpringHill Suites will open in spring or summer 2014.

Patel says the hotel will have 3,000 square feet of meeting space but won’t have a restaurant.

“We have Texas Roadhouse next door.”

Wisconsin-based Cobblestone Inn & Suites looking to bring hotel to Augusta

UPDATED — A new hotel may be coming to Augusta.

Wisconsin-based Cobblestone Inn & Suites, which recently opened a new hotel in Anthony and also has one in Harper, is considering a 50-room hotel.

“They have been looking at our community,” says Mayor Kristey Williams. “They’re growing very rapidly.”

Cobblestone is considering property on Seventh Avenue next to a car lot and just down from the new Walmart.

“It’s not finalized, but there seems to be a lot of interest,” Williams says.

Cobblestone is looking for local investors to be part of an LLC. The hotel isn’t a franchise.

Williams compares it to a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn.

“It’s of that caliber.”

She says there would be a pool and a bar.

“It has all the amenities and features that you would find at any reputable chain.”

Attracting a well-known franchise in a city of Augusta’s size is difficult, Williams says.

“As you can imagine, it’s much more expensive to bring a franchise into your community.”

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Watercress residential developer LewJene Schneider on the new Holiday Inn Express in Maize

Rose Hill Bank makes Maize Holiday Inn Express possible

WICHITA — Normally when a real estate deal happens, developers want recognition, or the people bringing a new business want attention.

In the case of the Holiday Inn Express, hotel partner Raju Sheth would like Rose Hill Bank to get some props.

Sheth says Rose Hill, which bills itself as “the hungry little bank,” gave Maize Hotel LLC a mortgage when no one else would.

“Even with good financial statements from everybody, banks are not even interested in looking at a hotel.”

Sheth says he and his partners have more than 30 percent equity in the project.

“And still nobody was interested,” he says.

“That’s why the economy’s not going anywhere. Nobody wants to lend money.”