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New hotel to open inside a week

August 3, 2005

Albany-- The new Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Albany is expected to open in just six days. But if you drive by the hotel, you can see a lot of work still needs to be done.

So, will the multi-million dollar hotel and conference center open on time?

The hotel's general manager says they're still set to open on schedule, Tuesday of next week. You can see work is going on inside and out. And, crews are working literally around the clock to finish the hotel and its landscaping in time.

Outside, crews are digging holes for plants and laying concrete. Inside, house keepers are ripping the plastic off mattress and making up beds.

"The last six days will be very busy for us," said General Manager Todd Cleveland. "We're still dropping in ceiling tiles, doing final work on our wiring and furniture is being installed as we speak."

Six days to go until the new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center is scheduled to open. General Manager Todd Cleveland says construction workers and staff are working non-stop to meet that deadline.

County building and health inspectors have already okayed the hotel, but the real test comes this weekend, when Hilton inspectors come to Albany to scrutinize the hotel. "Hilton has the final say as to when we open our doors to business. That decision will not be made until they are very comfortable with our status," said Cleveland.

Cleveland says the hotel and its grounds will look a lot different when those the Hilton inspectors arrive Friday. "We have been giving the date of Friday for them to be completed with the landscaping. So everything should start looking pretty outside very shortly."

The staff here is not only trying to impress Hilton inspectors but also its guests. The first guests is set to check in at 4:00PM on Tuesday afternoon, August 9th, unless Hilton delays the opening. But Cleveland says he expects to get the go-ahead.

The hotel won't have an officials ribbon cutting until September, but they do plan to give the first guest a key in honor of the grand opening. The hotel and conference center cost about $17 million dollars, paid for in part with sales tax money.

The Earl Patton Company from Atlanta is the developer.


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