Ihgma.com, Martinsburg — A new 115-room extended-stay hotel is set to open Wednesday in Martinsburg.
Home2 Suites by Hilton at 820 Foxcroft Ave. is the sixth hotel to be opened in the last 12 months by York, Pa.-based Springwood Hospitality.
“The pre-bookings are strong,” said David Hogg, CEO of Springwood Hospitality.
The company lost about two weeks of construction time when workers had to stay home after two of them tested positive for COVID-19, but Hogg said officials in West Virginia have been “far easier” to work with than their counterparts in Pennsylvania amid the pandemic.
“It’s been a good project for us,” he said.
Though hotel construction was able to move forward, Hogg said a fitness center that was considered for a neighboring undeveloped lot apparently was lost due to the impact of the coronavirus on the business.
With amenities that allow for social distancing, including outdoor grill and eating areas and in-suite kitchens, extended-stay hotels have been outperforming more traditional hotels during the pandemic, Hogg said.
“It’s about the most COVID-friendly hotel we’ve ever built,” he said.
Springwood Hospitality is a Hilton- and Marriott-branded select-service and extended-stay hotel developer and manager that operates within 200 miles of York. The company manages more than 750 million square feet of Hilton- and Marriott-branded hotels with about 1,200 guest rooms.
In completing the Martinsburg project, Hogg said he was happy with landscaping efforts to create a more “cozy” setting for hotel guests with the construction of a 6-foot berm crowned with two rows of large trees between the new hotel and the back side of the neighboring Walmart store.
The green buffer eventually will make the back of Walmart “disappear,” Hogg said.
He also noted construction of a sidewalk that connects hotel guests with nearby restaurants at the mall property over the last several years. Martinsburg Mall closed in fall 2016.
The addition of the hotel is a continuation of efforts by Foxcroft Towne Center owner Paramount Development Corp. to redevelop the former mall property.
Grand Home Furnishings and Hobby Lobby have replaced The Bon Ton and J.C. Penney, former anchors for the mall, which opened in 1991.
Since acquiring the former mall in 2013 from Mountain State University Building Co., Paramount has redesigned the retail center to include a cluster of individual pad sites and multitenant commercial buildings.
Ross Stores Inc. opened a Ross Dress for Less store Friday in commercial space near the Party City store.
The new hotel joins Home2 Suites locations in Charles Town, as well as in Hagerstown and Frederick in Maryland.