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Stay right here: Two hotels on track to open around Harrisburg International Airport this year

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/21/18

For months, locals driving along Route 230 have watched the construction of two new hotels at or near Harrisburg International Airport.

Now, officials say both hotels are on target to open this …

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Stay right here: Two hotels on track to open around Harrisburg International Airport this year

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For months, locals driving along Route 230 have watched the construction of two new hotels at or near Harrisburg International Airport.

Now, officials say both hotels are on target to open this year — Comfort Inn & Suites-Harrisburg Airport-Hershey South is scheduled to open in the spring and Fairfield Inn & Suites Harrisburg International Airport will open in August.

Workers broke ground on the two hotels last summer.

“I think just having a hotel in Middletown is great because there are none,” said Janice Murray, director of operations of Restin Hospitality LLC, the company that owns the Comfort Inn & Suites. It is being built across from Harrisburg International Airport next to CVS at the old Olmsted Plaza.

Fairfield Inn & Suites is being built next to the airport’s parking garage. The 123-room structure broke ground in June, and Fairfield Inn & Suites director of sales Mark Rice said the hotel is scheduled to be completed in August. It will include a breakfast buffet area, a bar that will serve light food in the evening, a fitness and business center and an outdoor courtyard complete with a fire pit.

In the next several weeks, Rice said the construction workers will start putting in drywall.

“They’re in the process of getting the roof completed and the rest of the front windows in,” Rice said earlier this month. During the remaining winter months, the workers will focus on the interior.

Rice said plans still call for a skybridge between the parking garage and the hotel, adding that he was unsure if the bridge would be in place by the time the hotel opened.

In June, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority, which runs the airport, was awarded a $1.15 million state grant to build a skybridge.

The hotel will make traveling more convenient for visitors and locals, Rice said.

Harrisburg International Airport spokesman Scott Miller said the Fairfield Inn & Suites will add more capacity for travelers to the area.

“It’s hard to find a hotel room on certain nights of the week,” Miller said.

Having a hotel connected to the airport will save people travel time, he said, so that they will not have to go to a hotel 30 to 45 minutes away.

“We are on schedule and it’s looking great,” Murray said. The four-story, 87-room Comfort Inn & Suites will open in spring and include a fitness room, indoor pool, breakfast, business center and airport shuttle.

The hotel, she said, provides access to nearby Sharp Shopper Grocery, CVS and Sheetz.

Most of the exterior has been completed, Murray said. Workers are completing the interior and getting ready for furnishings.

She said that the hotel will bring about 30 new jobs to the area; draw in guests from Hershey, Harrisburg and Carlisle; and benefit conferences and symposiums at Penn State Harrisburg.

Some of the proposed development of the area includes the construction of seven additional buildings at Linden Centre, excluding the hotel, CVS and Sharp Shopper. Linden Centre is the new name of the plaza.

“We’re working on several potential tenants,” Murray said.