MANCHESTER, NH - May 17, 2006 - Finishing touches are being applied to the interior of the Hilton Garden Inn, the city's newest hotel, in preparation for its much-anticipated opening. Situated at the south end of Manchester's Millyard, the six-story, 125-room luxury hotel overlooks MerchantsAuto.com Stadium.
"We are very excited about opening the first hotel in downtown Manchester in over 20 years," says David Roedel, a partner of Roedel Companies, LLC, the owner, construction manager and operator of the hotel. "The Hilton Garden Inn is an upscale hotel that offers guests a wide range of amenities that will make their stay exceptionally comfortable and enjoyable."
The 125-room Hilton Garden Inn is part of a $70 million public/private riverfront redevelopment project that also includes a new minor league baseball stadium, restaurant and 165-unit residential townhouse and condominium development. The hotel site is located on the left-center field outfield wall of the baseball park, offering guests unobstructed views of all the action!
The antiqued brick of the hotel reflects the tradition of the Millyard but upon entering the hotel's Pavilion lobby, guests will be greeted by a warm mix of traditional and contemporary elements. Four massive cherry pillars center the Pavilion and stretch upward to a dramatic two-story ceiling, accented by a large alabaster and iron scrollwork chandelier. Red oak floors add warmth and separate the 55-seat Pavilion restaurant and bar area on one side of the open lobby from a spacious seating area on the other side, where comfortable leather, velvet and silk furnishings surround a wood-paneled fireplace. The reception and bar areas feature 32-inch LCD televisions for easy viewing. The hotel is a 100 percent non-smoking facility.
The lobby reception desk, constructed of raised cherry paneling and granite, is flanked by exposed brick. Guests may check in with hotel reception staff or use a registration kiosk for automated check-in. For the convenience of guests, the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry will stock a variety of food and personal items.
The Pavilion restaurant will offer full breakfast and dinner menus, with bistro-style dinner cuisine. Hotel guests and the general public may dine in the restaurant, on the breakfast nook off the lobby or on the Patio overlooking the ballpark. The Patio features a bar and dining area, with seating for 135 and a total capacity of 250 people. Just off the Patio is the Manchester Room, an executive board room with cherry millwork, a fireplace, wet bar, comfortable seating areas, state-of-the art presentation technology, 42-inch plasma TV, and a 20-seat table that can be converted into theatre style for presentations. Two hospitality suites, the Park View and Tower Suites, have similar amenities and also open onto the Patio. Both feature a full catering menu, outdoor patio seating and 42" High Definition plasma TVs.
Outside the Manchester Room near the entrance to the Patio, a 50 square foot wall mural by Jim Burke will invoke a sense of baseball nostalgia and feature the Hilton Garden Inn. The Roedel family commissioned the piece by Burke, who graduated from Manchester Central High School and illustrated the recently published and highly acclaimed book, Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Reproduction photos from the Manchester Historic Association of Manchester's Textile Baseball Team and Textile Field will chronicle the history of baseball in Manchester.
Local landmarks figure prominently in the hotel's visual displays and local artists have created much of the hotel's artwork. "We felt that creating a connection to Manchester was important, both in the design of the hotel and in the selection of its artwork," said Sue Roedel-Pollio, who handles design for the Roedel Companies. She worked with Manchester's Art 3 Gallery in choosing the hotel's artwork.
John Lacz of Bedford sculpted the unique metal "Eternity Calls" piece that will hang over the lobby fireplace. An abstract mixed media painting by local artist Lisa Occhipinti, will be displayed behind the Pavilion bar. A photo collage by Manchester's Irene Dupont and Alhan Irwin of city landmarks and the Hilton Garden Inn will be featured in the lobby's breakfast bar.
For the hotel's reception area, Dustan Knight, who teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, created two watercolor paintings of woodsy outdoor views. Prints of Dianne Levine's pastel scenes of downtown Manchester and the Millyard from across the river will hang in each guest room. And a print by Tim Craig, who grew up in Manchester, will be featured in each guest bathroom and provides a southerly view of Elm Street, with the Hilton Garden Inn and stadium in the distance.
Guest room amenities include a cherry and granite-topped hospitality center with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker; complementary wired and wireless Internet access; a cherry desk and Herman Miller Mirra" ergonomic desk chair; and a flat-panel high definition television. The Garden Sleep System" features comfortable king-size beds that automatically adjust to the contour of a person's body and its weight. Additional amenities in the hotel's five Clock Tower suites and four two-room suites overlooking the ballpark include a spacious living area, wet bar and bar seating, and 32-inch flat screen television.
Other guest amenities include a business center with a dedicated computer, printer, copier, fax and shipping services, and a pool pavilion building with an elegantly designed pool area, exterior hot tub, exercise room and guest laundry room.