I've had the privilege of staying in one of these mega-hotels (proposed by
Rep Wilson) in Baltimore and the spin-off was that I was charged exhorbitant
rates. When I indicated I wanted to find another hotel just a few blocks away I
was told I would need to pay a $150 exit fee. Also, they wanted $1.00 a sheet
for paper in the business center, even though I only needed two sheets to write
a letter to a family member. I told them what they could do with it (and it
wasn't to add the cost of it to my folio, that's for sure). Internet
service was only $14 a night....what a bargain!
Wait a minute, weren't we told just a few months ago that it was impossible
for the private sector to build "needed" hotels downtown and that
taxpayers would have to fork over a big pile of money if we wanted more
hotels?Guess some developers make money getting it from taxpayers,
and others make it by renting hotel rooms where customers want them.Remember this next time some politician or their pet developer tells you that
taxpayers need to spend money to compete with private enterprise.
Please remember that there is a different level of economic scale occurring. A
$20 Million investment for 2 small under 150 room hotels is not the same as a
#300 Million 1000+ room hotel with exhibit and meeting space.There
are lots of smaller hotels being built everywhere around the country but there
hasn't been 1 convention hotel with 1000+ rooms built in the United States
in more than 15 years that was at least partially subsidized.Only a
1000+ room convention hotel will guarantee that Outdoor Retailer stays in Salt
Lake along with the $40 Million per year impact. The subsidy for the hotel is
less than 3 years of Outdoor Retailer. Are we willing to risk losing OR and
having taxes go up because we won't give a tax deferment to a developer?
Personally, I want a J.W. Marriott or a Ritz Carlton close to temple square or
City Creek Mall.I'm not a luxury snob, I just love to see the
city develop. it's just that the Grand America seems to be the only major
upper-end hotel downtown and it's outside of everything. I just want
something similar that's centrally located that will help build growth.
Another courtyard and Hyatt House isn't much more growth than anywhere
else.There are plenty of hotels that are centrally located already,
we should just convert one of them into something better.
"Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said planners for nearly 30 conventions
that chose not to come to Utah cited the absence of a central headquarter hotel
as the main reason.Strike my previous comment. We need a centrally
located luxury hotel AND place for conventions! lol The Church is investing in a
revitalized downtown with a great mall. Where is everyone else?Two
more typical hotels isn't what we need. There is already space to stay
downtown and business/extended stays are just competing with existing lodging
space. What we need is space that will foster more growth. Hotels that attract
people aren't just good for the city's growth, but it will be good for
the hospitality industry as well. We need more attraction to the center of the
city, not more 'typical space'. Typical doesn't sell. Investing
can be risky, but without taking risks you never get the pay off.Simply put:If Marriott or Hyatt won't contribute something
better to our city, maybe it's time we found someone else who will.
I think it somewhat odd that those who are putting the money on the table are
choosing these large, but not enormous, hotel options, while many of those
commenting on the project (both in the article and on this comment board) think
another way is the way to go. The demand seems to be there for more rooms and
these particular investors seems to expect to make some money along the way.
So just for everyone who oppose the new downtown convention hotel, either become
aware of how much money in the long end it will bring to the state or do your
homework and actually become aware that with out a big new hotel we will loose
out on tourism money and most likely big conventions like Outdoor Retailers will
leave. They have told us just recently they have better places to go if we do
not provide more rooms very close. The problem is most big hotels are just to
far away! For the those who do like the idea, I know some inside
scoop it will be a nicer hotel than we have already downtown. Either a big name
Hyatt Brand or s Starwood hotel! Support the hotel its the smart thing to do for
the future of State Tourism!