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Comfort Inn and Suites officially open; hotel across Route 230 from HIA had its first guests May 4

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 6/6/18

A group of hotel executives, politicians and business leaders officially opened the Comfort Inn and Suites Harrisburg Airport-Hershey South at a ribbon-cutting June 5.

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Comfort Inn and Suites officially open; hotel across Route 230 from HIA had its first guests May 4

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A group of hotel executives, politicians and business leaders officially opened the Comfort Inn and Suites Harrisburg Airport-Hershey South at a ribbon-cutting June 5.

“We believe the hotel is going to play a significant role in the economic development of Middletown and the greater Harrisburg region,” said Jim Frenis, CEO of Prestige Hospitality Group, the hotel’s management company.

The 87-room hotel is on Route 230 at the intersection of the Airport Connector, the site of the old Olmsted Plaza. The last remaining buildings of the plaza are in the process of being torn down.

The hotel is part of Linden Centre, which already includes Sharp Shopper, CVS and Verizon Wireless. Plans call for several more buildings to be built around the hotel, for bank, restaurant and retail space.

The hotel took in its first travelers May 4. General manager Sarah McConnell said the first weekend was nearly sold out. Since then, she said the hotel has been at more than 50 percent occupancy, and that might rise over the summer.

The hotel will cater to visitors to nearby Penn State Harrisburg and travelers using HIA and Amtrak, said Jody Flynn, district constituent outreach specialist for state Rep. Tom Mehaffie, who spoke at the ribbon cutting.

“It is truly a beautiful hotel,” Flynn said.

Amenities include an airport shuttle, a saltwater pool, a business center and meeting facilities, a fitness room and laundry services.

The hotel broke ground in July and is one of two new hotels in the area. The other, Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisburg International Airport, is on HIA property next to the parking garage. It is scheduled to open in September.

Also speaking at the ribbon cutting were Dauphin County Commissioners Mike Pries and George Hartwick III; Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC President David Black; and Megan Brumagim, senior director of signature brands for Choice Hotels International.

Pries said two of the priorities in Dauphin County are public safety and job creation and economic development. The project created jobs in both the construction and the running of the hotel, Flynn said.

McConnell said there are about 25 employees, but she projects that number to increase.

Frenis recognized hotel developer Jim Nardo.

“Jim had the vision and the passion to start a new venture in hospitality not for himself, but for his kids,” Frenis said.

Brumagim said that Choice Hotels was partnering with Nardo on two new projects — a Comfort Suites in Mechanicsburg and a Comfort Inn & Suites in Horsham and Doylestown.