PANAMA City BEACH — Visitors have a new, far more easy place to keep while touring by means of the Northwest Florida Beach locations Intercontinental Airport (ECP).
Hilton Back garden Inn opened on Thursday, near the intersection of Venture Crossings Boulevard and West Bay Parkway. The development was spearheaded by the St. Joe Organization and is the 1st lodge to open up in close proximity to the airport.
It boasts a lot more than 140 rooms, a assembly house, pool, health and fitness middle and comprehensive-company restaurant.
“It’s fantastic for our neighborhood and great for the airport,” mentioned Parker McClellan, govt director of ECP. “It will deliver a advantage to our travellers for people early-morning departures, as perfectly as the late-evening arrivals. Early-early morning departures seriously would not (truly feel) as early if you remain at the lodge.”
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While the resort is convenient for travellers, David Demarest, hospitality spokesman for St. Joe, claimed it also will benefit the local overall economy by earning it much easier for those people traveling to Bay County on business outings.
The hotel is found about 12 miles from Pier Park, arguably the heart of the Beach, and about 7 miles from Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, a Jimmy-Buffett themed local community geared towards individuals 55 several years old and older.
“The airport is going to be an essential aspect of how individuals visit the location and how folks do enterprise in the location,” Demarest reported. “No person has a resort within just most likely a 10-mile region.”
According to Katja Chatfield, general manager of the hotel, the facility had its very first visitor inside of a few hours of opening at 2 p.m. Thursday. That number jumped to about 20 later that night time.
Chatfield added that the lodge is open up to anyone and not just all those touring through the airport.
“If you fly in or you choose any of your family associates or good friends to the airport, you are unable to skip us,” she explained. “If you are heading to the airport for anything at all, we are proper here … a beautiful, model new, glowing penny.”
Between the to start with wave of guests to remain at the hotel was Ian Andrzejewski, who came to set up the computer software employed to take care of the hotel’s bar and restaurant.
Andrzejewski claimed he frequently travels all around the country and that basically every airport has a close by hotel for friends.
He noted the airport’s restaurant, Back garden Grille & Bar, is about double the measurement of the dining establishments he has visited at other Hilton Backyard Inns. It’s not only open up to friends, but anyone in the group.
“Possessing an … airport that is a swift push or a speedy stroll from (a lodge) is tremendous effortless for overnights, for overlays, for company tourists,” Andrzejewski said. “I believe it truly is going to be fantastic for the neighborhood business community and any individual coming by.”
Panama Metropolis Seashore Mayor Mark Sheldon claimed the Hilton Garden Inn will be “a launching pad” for far more lodges to be designed bordering ECP, which continues to knowledge steady growth and passed additional than 1 million travellers for the initially time in 2019.
Sheldon said he expects other resorts in the area could be introduced afterwards this yr.
“Owning additional lodging possibilities in close proximity to our occupied airport provides more adaptability to all in the location,” he wrote in an email. “It also drives a lot more exercise for folks out of condition who have an early flight to spend the night shut to the airport.”