• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Holiday Inn Express preps for Aug. 9 opening


Management of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, set to open Aug. 9, gave local officials a tour of the four-story, 82-room hotel Thursday, July 12.

The walkthroughs were conducted much of the day. The 10 a.m. session included most of the Versailles City Council, Mayor Brian Traugott, Woodford Chamber of Commerce CEO Don Vizi and Woodford Economic Development Authority Chair John Soper.

The tour was led by Jeff Yeary of H & W Management, which owns the property on the site of the old Versailles Center and is the hotel franchisee. The company also operates 11 other hotels, Yeary said.

Yeary showed off a breakfast area with “community tables” that will feature televisions and, in a room off to the side, a pancake machine.

Breakfast will be free for guests, who can choose to eat outside on a back patio.

On the same floor is a small indoor pool, fitness center, an “internet room” to provide guests free WiFi, and a small meeting room that can be rented or reserved for guests. Space on the right side of the building can be used for a tent to host wedding receptions and other events, said Yeary.

With the elevators not working yet, the tour proceeded up the stairs to the fourth floor, where Yeary showed rooms nearly ready for occupants. Each room is 26 feet deep (through the suites area and includes a microwave oven, safe, ironing board and small refrigerator.

The queen- and king-size beds sport tags from the Sleepsoundly line by Sealy.

Yeary said a punch list on the door of every room shows what still needs to be done to make the rooms ready for guests.

The back wall of the building was left open in order to make space to bring in the room furnishings and other equipment, like the washers and dryers in a first-floor laundry room. Also on the first floor is a working kitchen, where bacon, eggs and other items will be prepared.

Yeary said the hotel will receive fresh food deliveries every day from outside vendors.

The 45-minute tour ended back on the first floor, where Yeary showed off a small business center that will have a few computers.

As the visitors left, workers were carrying in pieces of equipment through the disassembled front door.

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