Second Hotel Chain to Build at Charles Pointe

Microtel Inns and Suites tentatively set to break ground this summer; opening set for spring 2006

The Bridgeport News

From Staff Reports

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Jamie Corton, managing partner of Genesis Partners, the developer of Charles Pointe, announced Tuesday that Microtel Inns and Suites has agreed to construct an 85-room hotel at the site.

The budget hotel chain will be the second hotel chain that has built a facility at Charles Pointe.  Wingate Inn is currently in the process of building a  116-room hotel on the site as well.

Residential properties also are already under construction by S&A Homes which anticipates having 100 homes built by the end of the year.  Also under construction is a $3 million-plus.  Also under construction is a $3 million-plus Bridgeport Convention Center that will be located adjacent to the Wingate Inn.  The convention center will be managed by CP Hospitality, which is under the direction of Mike Hager, director of Resort and Leisure Services.  CP Hospitality will also manage the Microtel property.

According to Corton, the Microtel hotel will feature single, double and suite accommodations.

It will provide guests with free local and long distance phone calls within the continental United States and free wireless high speed Internet access, as well as complimentary daily continental breakfast.

For the third consecutive year, Microtel has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction among economy and budget hotel chains by J.D. Power and Associates.  It has also been named the ‘Best Budget Hotel Chain’ for a second time in Entrepreneur’s ‘Annual Business Travel Awards.’

“We are delighted to welcome Microtel Inns and Suites to north central West Virginia,” said Corton.  “The hotel will be an important factor in serving the Bridgeport Conference Center and support the Greater Bridgeport Convention and (Visitor’s Center’s) efforts to attract snowbird traffic as well as those visiting the area to enjoy our outstanding year-round recreation venues.”

The hotel is tentatively scheduled to break ground later this summer with an opening goal set for the spring of 2006.

Corton said the three-story hotel will be built in the North Land Bay area of Charles Pointe.

Mike Muir, senior vice-president of franchise development for US Franchise Systems Inc., says the company is excited to be doing business with Genesis Partners and in such a high profile development as Charles Pointe.

“We look forward to working with the Genesis team to provide both business and leisure travelers in this rapidly growing market with a contemporary, high quality hotel at affordable prices,” said Muir.
This is not Microtel’s first location in the state.  Additional Microtel hotels in West Virginia are located in Beckley, South Charleston and Mineral Wells.