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Pet-friendly hotel opens in Elkview

By Caitlin Cook, Staff writer

After about eight months of renovations, an Elkview hotel is welcoming guests again.

The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Elkview, which was formerly a Country Inn & Suites, officially reopens Friday.

“Everything was redone basically starting from scratch,” said Al Eastman, director of operations for Fairmont-based Emerald Grande, which owns and operates the hotel. “We are very eager for the opening.”

The hotel, which can be seen from Interstate 79, has a new exterior, along with landscaping and painting changes to resemble the La Quinta look. Inside, all 90 guest rooms, the conference center and pool have been renovated.

Each guest room is now equipped with a Keurig coffee maker, refrigerator, freezer and microwave. Starbucks coffee will be available to guests in the hotel lobby too, Eastman said.

The renovations also included a new mini-mart in the hotel where guests can buy snacks like ice cream or microwavable dinners. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a breakfast buffet.

The conference space for 65 has new audiovisual equipment.

“It meets all of the demands for planning a meeting in this day and age,” Eastman added about the conference center.

Eastman said his company is excited to bring the La Quinta hotel brand, which is known for being pet friendly, into the Mountain State.

Emerald Grande opened the state’s first La Quinta hotel earlier this month in Summersville, Eastman said.

The company went through the same process at each hotel to ensure the facility met La Quinta standards. While the Summersville location has been accepting guests, its regrand opening was Thursday, Eastman said.

He added both hotels have good locations close to major highways and summer travelers.

All of the rooms at each location are pet friendly, Eastman wants people to know.

“There are hotels that will take pets but they don’t really promote it,” he said. “When you talk to local animal shelters, you find out some people travel quite a distance to adopt animals. There’s an opportunity for those folks to stop at our hotel for an overnight stay if necessary.”

The hotel is working with local Kanawha County animal shelter officials on a fundraising effort for July that would allocate a portion of the hotel’s revenue to the animal shelter, Eastman said.

The idea stemmed from company officials discussing ways to get involved with the community.

Emerald Grande also owns two Hilton Garden Inns and one Hampton Inn.

“Our company is looking at developing more hotels in West Virginia,” Eastman said. “Our ownership group wants to look for the right locations, and I believe, without any specific information our ownership is looking to build in Kanawha City in the next year.”

Reach Caitlin Cook

at caitlin.cook@wvgazette.com

or 304-348-5113.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misreported the chain to which the Elkview hotel used to belong.


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