New Marriott hotel to open this summer
FARMINGTON – A new Marriott brand franchise hotel, the Fairfield Inn & Suites, is expected to open along East Main Street near Browning Parkway in June.
The four-story, 80-room hotel will offer upscale lodgings with key amenities, according to franchise owner Deepesh Kholwadwala, president and CEO for the Albuquerque-based Sun Capital Hospitality Management.
Kholwadwala said the hotel, set on two acres along the commercial thoroughfare in the center of the city, will sport a distinctive look with expandable working spaces and interactive TVs in rooms, and plenty of workout space and an indoor pool.
The Farmington hotel, which will employ 15 full-time and 10 part-time workers, will be the first in the Four Corners area for the Marriott subsidiary brand, he said.
Kholwadwala said he opened an identical Fairfield Inn & Suites in Gallup last year and sees the hotel design as complementary to business and leisure travelers.
"'Bleisure' — business and leisure — guests want to experience more than just a check-in. It's the area. It's getting out there," he said. "Business travel is now designed to fit in leisure time, too. The Four Corners has a lot to offer, and the center of Farmington, for guests, has it all: restaurants, shopping, museums, the river. It's a good focus for us."
The hotel will sport high-speed Internet access points in the guest rooms and offer a 600-square-foot workout room available 24 hours a day and a heated indoor pool.
Kenneth Moore, general superintendent on the hotel project for Wright Hospitality, said the hotel's construction, which began last June, is providing about 200 full-time construction jobs.
On Friday, workers standing on scaffolding were adding layers of stucco and "dry stack" stone design work to the façade of the building.
Moore, who lives in Bloomfield and has supervised local construction projects like McKinley Elementary School and the new district attorney's offices, said the hotel will add aesthetic appeal to Main Street.
"I really like the stone work throughout. They're really nice. It's going to be a really pretty hotel, I think," Moore said. "It's going to be a pretty building, inside and out."
James Fenton is the business editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621.
What: Fairfield Inn & Suites
Where: 2850 E. Main St. in Farmington
More info: Call 505-508-0137