Hyatt Place opens on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick
The new Hyatt Place hotel on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, which is steps away from T.F. Green Airport, is now open for business after a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
The $25 million project is the first phase of the development of City Centre Warwick, which is a new 100-plus acre area that will be built up to add vibrancy to the city, according to Mayor Joe Solomon.
The hotel’s proximity to the airport is important, as the state’s tourism numbers continue to increase.
"Tourists look for hotels proximate to the airport,” said Stefan Pryor, who is the head of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.
"With the airport growing at the rate that it's growing, there will always be a need for more hotel rooms,” added Martha Sheridan of the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
The new Hyatt Place is a sign of other things to come around the state.
Five other hotels are under construction, including the Residence Inn by Marriott across from the Convention Center in Providence, as well as the Homewood Suites by Hilton across from Burnside Park.
Both were certainly needed in the city.
"It's a testament to tourism,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo. “We had a record summer last summer. We're gearing up for a record summer this summer. These hotels are going to be full."
Sheridan shared similar sentiments.
"Certain nights of the week, we are at capacity, so on many Saturday nights of the year, we are completely sold out and pushing people away,” she said.
Raimondo touted her administration’s work in getting many idle projects underway and completed.
"There were so many projects, like this one, that were just bottled up and stuck and they weren't getting done,” she said. “We pushed them through the bottleneck and we got them over the finish line."
The governor also pointed to construction helping the unemployment rate.
In 2013, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island was the worst in the nation. Now, it sits around the national average at 4.4 percent.