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New hotel ups Albany's room capacity

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Country Inn and Suites is now open in Albany, the hotel brings new jobs and a new place for visitors to stay.

Country Inn and Suites is part of the rapid growth on Nottingham Way.

"We have 70 rooms, our property consists of 29 suites," said Beth Britto, General Manager.

The new rooms here mean Albany now has about 2,200 rooms for visitors.

"New hotels are extremely important to Albany, it gives visitors the opportunity for various places to stay. It also increases our room capacity so we can bring conventions and other events to town," said Lisa Riddle, Convention & Visitors Bureau Director.

People pulling up to the hotel will be some of the first to lay in the plush beds, and experience a first for Albany.

"The property does have a lot of things to offer the local market, being new and exciting, including having the first indoor swimming pool in Albany," said Britto.

A Business like this in the city means growth, bringing about 20 jobs, the hope is that additions like this will make Albany attractive to other companies.

"I would say definitely it means growth for the city, when you've got businesses that are looking to expand here, then other businesses will open their eyes and hopefully come as well," said Riddle.

"Every room does offer a refrigerator and microwave, we do have a state of the art fitness room, and a sauna," said Britto. 

According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city reaches hotel capacity about four times a year. They hope the addition of the Country Inn and Suites is a sign of bigger things to come.

The hotel started taking guests last week, On Tuesday all the available rooms were booked.

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