TownePlace Suites Roswell manager Peggy Tedford welcomes guests to the hotel’s grand opening, Wednesday afternoon. (Mark Wilson Photo)
The patio was alive with classic Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eagles and Jim Morrison tunes played by the live Tesoro Band while the smell of BBQ drifted on the afternoon breeze.
Although it opened officially on June 13, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 180 E. 19th St., held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event Wednesday.
The difference between this new hotel and others in the area, said General Manager Peggy Tedford, is that TownePlace is meant to cater to long-term stays. Whether the room is a one bedroom, a two-queen room, a queen suite or a two bedroom, they all have a fully equipped kitchen, including a fridge, dishwasher and dishes.
The two bedroom is a total of 625 square feet, making it spacious enough to stay for weeks at a time.
“I’ve had people tell me it’s bigger than apartments they have lived in,” Tedford said. She helped design the place, furnished it and enjoyed the task of decorating.
On top of a kitchen, every specific bedroom has a phone, alarm, television and air unit, and each room has wifi as well as a wireless connect. There are also multiple cleaning services offered, including a full cleaning where the dishwasher will be set as well as the basics covered, such as refreshing linens.
A sister of the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1201 N. Main, TownePlace aims to make visitors feel welcome.
“We make it seem like a home away from home,” said employee Aimee Mendoza. And this philosophy seems to be an accurate summary according to Diane Little, a guest in the hotel.
On a business trip with the employee-owned government research corporation Westat, Little arrived Wednesday and plans to leave Aug. 25, but some people with the company will stay until Oct. 7. Traveling 48 weeks of the year, Little is well acquainted with hotels.
“I love these places because they are the most efficient,” she said, comparing TownePlace to other hotels. “They have the most drawer space, and it’s nice to have a kitchen when on the road. They make efficient use of the space and it’s comfortable. The other part (to the equation) is the people who work here. They are very welcoming.”
Little admitted to being a “pain in the neck” during her stay, always needing something. But the staff was very helpful, she said.
With pet friendly rooms, a large dining area set up like a café, Corner Cup offering coffee and In a Pinch allowing guests to buy midnight snacks, TownePlace’s attempt to create a homey environment has so far paid off. They are already at 80 percent occupancy for the month of August.
The opening was meant to simply show people what the hotel has to offer, Tedford said.