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New hotel to include retail, plus rooftop meeting space

By Corene Brisendine

A new hotel planned for the corner of Manhattan and Bluemont avenues will include retail space, a rooftop meeting area and its own parking.

Excel Group, LLC, purchased the property on the northeast corner, which consisted mostly of single-family homes that had been converted into apartments for students. The new hotel may not provide as cheap a place to live, but for parents and visitors to Kansas State University, it will serve a demand.

“We see demand as being strong and likely getting stronger in the future,” said Andrew Suber, manager and part owner. “We’ve seen a need for additional hotels near campus”

An opening is planned for summer 2014.

Suber said the hotel will provide something “a little different” for the city. That’s because it is being built by a local group that will not be constrained in some aspects as national chains can be.

He said there will be premium suites, larger than average rooms, a lobby bar, retailers on the first floor, a meeting space on the roof, and a parking lot.

Suber said the meeting space on the roof will be available to guests of the hotel and the bar when not in use by private parties. He said the space will hold more than 200 people, and will provide a panoramic view of campus and the surrounding area.

He doesn’t see their hotel as hurting any of the other hoteliers in town.

“We are just augmenting what’s already there,” he said.

Suber said the group hopes to have shops on the east side of the first floor, and also hopes to see small eateries and gift-shop style stores

Half of the parking is to be under cover.

“Parking in this area helps you get to the fun stuff faster,” Suber said.

The hotel is within walking distance of the university and Aggieville.

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