Since late 2006, a shell of a hotel has been seen from passing vehicles off U.S. 27 on the outskirts of the south side of Nicholasville. Not much has been done with it over the past six years, but that all changed last Friday.
That was when Lloyd Abdoo with A&L Hospitality, LLC, signed documents that will bring an upscale hotel to Jessamine County this summer.
The group is a franchisee for Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Choice Hotels and Wyndham Hotel brands.
The name of the hotel, which will be located at 100 All Star Way, has not been decided upon, but Abdoo said over the next month, that should resolve itself.
“We have three brands we’re looking at — a Marriott brand, a Comfort Inn and Suites, and a Best Western Plus, which is an upscale Best Western,” Abdoo said. “It will be a suite hotel. Whatever it will be, it’s going to be an upscale, limited-service hotel.”
The hotel will have high-end amenities including meeting spaces, a business center, a hot complimentary breakfast, workout spa, indoor pool and recreation area, and free wi-fi for guests. The hotel will offer a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.
Abdoo said the exterior of the current shell won’t change all that much, but the big changes will occur inside the 37,017-square-foot facility, which sits on 4.22 acres.
“We're just going to reconfigure the inside,” Abdoo said. “The brand will help us dictate the renovations, but most of the renovations are cosmetic.”
The three-story hotel will have between 64 and 66 rooms, depending on the configuration of the elevator, Abdoo said.
Abdoo said the inside will resonate with state-of-the-art features.
“It will not take a back seat to any hotel with the amenities or comfort of any brand in the city of Lexington,” he said.
Abdoo said when a company pays top wages, it expects top service from its employees.
“Everything in our hotel rooms is washed, cleaned and inspected daily,” he said. “Whenever a guest checks out, everything goes back in that room, and that’s why we have such a following. We’ve already had a lot of our regular customers that travel throughout the state already asking when we’re going to be open.”
Most importantly, the new hotel means jobs — at least 25 good-paying jobs, Abdoo said.
“During construction, it (employment) will be significantly higher, but once that is finished, there will be approximately 25 (employees) full-time and part-time mix,” Abdoo said. “There will be nobody on our staff at minimum wage; these are pretty good jobs.”
Abdoo credited much of the deal’s success to the efforts of Town Square Bank president Tommy Cobb and other local officials he came into contact with during the process.
“This deal could not have moved forward without the help of the folks at Town Square Bank, especially Tommy Cobb,” Abdoo said. “Once we met them, with Tommy Cobb, there was no question in our mind that we wanted to be a part of this community, and I’m delighted to be a part of the (Jessamine County) family.”
Abdoo said the hotel’s opening is about six months away, and he also suggested more commercial development is on the way in the form of a casual-dining restaurant near the hotel.
“We have had interest from more than one restaurant group, but they’ve asked us at this point not to disclose any information,” Abdoo said. “We’re looking for casual dining. That is what compliments us the best.”
Once the paperwork was signed Friday, Abdoo quipped that work can begin “tomorrow.”