|Cobblestone Inn & Suites now open|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
After their first guests booked a room Saturday, June 15, Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Holyoke was officially open for business.
Groundbreaking took place for the new hotel Nov. 6, 2012, at 805 S. Interocean—a great location just south of City Park. While a “Now Open” sign is proudly displayed on the front of the hotel, a grand opening celebration won’t take place until the first week in October.
The hotel, with 38 rooms, is the first Cobblestone Inn & Suites to open in Colorado, with one in Wray to open soon in July.
Following the building of the local Phillips County Event Center, Steve and Kim Young of Holyoke saw the need for more lodging in town and began brainstorming ways to help fill that need. “We saw there was a lot of people not staying in Holyoke because there wasn’t enough space,” said Steve.
A “Now Open” sign hangs on the front of the new Cobblestone Inn & Suites at 805 S. Interocean Ave. on the south edge of Holyoke next to City Park. The hotel welcomed its first official guests Saturday, June 15, seven months after the groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 6, 2012. —Enterprise photo
“There’s lots of room for growth,” said Kim, noting they wanted to put up a hotel to bring in more business to Holyoke, both at the Event Center and elsewhere. “There is a need for all of us,” she said.
By offering more lodging, explained Steve, it’s more feasible to hold bigger, multiple-day events in Holyoke. It gives the city reasons to keep people in town and generate business not only for hotels but for gas stations, restaurants and other businesses.
“People will now see Holyoke as a growing community. ‘Pride and Progress’ is what Holyoke’s about,” Kim added. “I see good things going on, and we’re proud to be able to say we’re from Holyoke.”
About the time the Youngs began thinking of a hotel, Cobblestone Hotels LLC became interested in Holyoke as the next location for one of their hotels.
A group of people formed Holyoke Hotels LLC and began working with Cobblestone.
Kim said they liked Cobblestone’s philosophy—Big City Quality, Small Town Value.
The Wisconsin-based brand started when two men in the hotel industry were driving through a small town. They said to themselves that those small communities needed hotels too.
“They were meeting a need,” said Kim. “The features of each hotel meet the needs of the community.”
“Smaller communities needed a hotel designed for them,” added Steve, noting the building and design of these hotels is very community-driven.
General manager Kim Young, at right, stands at the Cobblestone Inn & Suites entrance with front desk personnel Melissa Houghtelling. —Enterprise photo
Cobblestone Hotel and Suites and Cobblestone Inn and Suites is the fastest-growing new build brand in the United States. They branched out from Wisconsin to nine other states including Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas and now Colorado.
Since opening its first hotel in January of 2008, the Holyoke hotel is Cobblestone’s 26th location, with the 27th opening the following day and eight more set to open in the next two months.
The building in Holyoke is the first Cobblestone to have a center entrance. It faces west toward Interocean Avenue/Highway 385. The attractive and inviting building is two stories with staircases at both ends and in the center.
Kim, who is the general manager, said they worked with BriMark Builders, LLC to customize the hotel to meet the needs of Holyoke. Some upgrades at the Holyoke hotel that are not found in most Cobblestones include a larger front entryway, a bar and lounge with a back patio and a full fitness room.
Kim explained there are four different styles of rooms in the hotel. They include rooms with individual king beds and double queen beds. Queen suites have two queen beds as well as a pull-out couch. These three types all include a mini refrigerator and a microwave.
Cobblestone also offers five extended stay rooms—the fourth lodging style. These have a separate bedroom area with one king bed, a living area with a couch and chairs as well as a kitchen with a full refrigerator, microwave, cooktop, dishwasher and dishes.
The hotel rooms all have a 40-inch flat-panel TV, DVD player and free access to WiFi Internet.
A hot breakfast is complimentary every morning, Wolfgang Puck coffee is included in each room, and guests will also have access to a small convenience store.
The fitness room, business desk with a computer and printer and coin-operated laundry facilities are all available to guests.
The local hotel employs around 15 people for the front desk, lounge and housekeeping services.
Cobblestone Inn & Suites offers 38 rooms, including the double queen room pictured above as well as individual king rooms, queen suites and extended-stay rooms.
The full-service Cobblestone Lounge will be up and running soon and will be open to the public. Drinks and appetizers will be offered Monday-Thursday from 4:30-11:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
The four flat-screen TVs will make it a great place to go for sporting events, and various specialty drinks (like martini nights) will help mix things up a bit.
The front desk, which is open 24 hours a day, is available to take reservations, including blocks for weddings and other events. Kim said they are excited to work with the community on things like BST Racing, the Mexican rodeo scheduled for the fair, a Taste of Home event and hopefully another Babe Ruth baseball tournament and a junior rodeo in the future.
With the Cobblestone Rewards Program, guests can earn $40 or a $40 room credit applied to the next stay for every 10 stays at Cobblestone.
Kim said their first official guests were actually Australian. They decided to stop in Holyoke when they were passing through and saw the 125th Anniversary/Dandelion Daze events going on Saturday, June 15. She is excited to already have guests and other events like weddings booked at the hotel.
“Cobblestone Hotels is extremely excited to open its first property in Colorado,” said Brian Wogernese, president of Cobblestone Hotels. “When we have the opportunity to work with and provide upper-midscale lodging to small communities like Holyoke, we are filling a need. Markets like Holyoke need accommodations, and Cobblestone Hotels is one of the few hotel brands that provide it at the right size and cost.”
Cobblestone Hotels currently has six projects similar to Holyoke under development in Colorado, as well as the one under construction in Wray. “Developing this project and other projects like Holyoke in Colorado is great for the community,” said Tim Shefchik, with BriMark Builders, the hotel developer on the project. “We have a strong pipeline in the state of Colorado and only see that pipeline expanding.”
Holyoke Enterprise June 27, 2013