By Dennis Seid
TUPELO – It’s still a relatively young property, but the Hilton Garden Inn soon will get a little facelift.
The 154-room hotel, built in 2008, is getting the work done by owner Peachtree Hotel Group. The Atlanta-area hotel investment, development and management group purchased the property last October from Memphis-based Master Hospitality for an undisclosed sum.
The renovation will include new furniture, carpeting, paint and other “minor” work inside the hotel, said project manager Greg Fox.
Fox said planning is in the preliminary stages, with pricing for the project still undetermined. A time frame for the project also wasn’t available, Fox said, mainly due to lead times needed to get the furniture and wool carpet for the lobby area. But he said work should begin soon.
The Hilton Garden Inn in the Fairpark District in Tupelo was opened by Master Hospitality in November 2006 and represented a $22 million investment. The hotel opened with 110 rooms, but within six months, Master Hospitality owner Tom Ricketts announced an expansion of the hotel. Forty-eight rooms were added, with the work completed in 2008.
Peachtree owns or manages 40 hotels across the country, including the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Columbus and the Hampton Inn in Starkville. The company also is building Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Starkville and Columbus.