Matthew Butterfield

The Distracted Wanderer reviews Hampton Inn Salem

I recently wandered up to one of my favorite haunts in New England – Salem, Massachusetts – even though October is generally not a time I would go to Salem as normally it’s THE big month for the Witch City and you can’t find a hotel for less than an arm and a leg no matter what time of the month it is. This year, though, things are a lot different due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the city’s annual Haunted Happenings has been canceled and everything else is scaled back. With all that, I figured it was actually the perfect time for me to head up and learn more about a subject that has interested me since 7th grade – the 1692 Salem Witch Trials – without the usual big crowds.
Matthew ButterfieldThe Distracted Wanderer reviews Hampton Inn Salem
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Hotel goes green

SALEM — Three stories of hotel rooms and apartments at the Hampton Inn project downtown overlook a massive, squishy gray membranous material protecting the rooftop of the enclosed parking garage at the site.

It may offer an unusual sight to viewers now, but soon, guests booking rooms at the hotel or moving into the 56 apartments this fall will instead see a field of water-hungry and heat-deflecting plants.

Throughout this week and next, crews at the ongoing construction project will be installing what is expected to become the city’s largest “green roof” atop the three-story garage that sits within the U-shaped Hampton Inn building.

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Coming soon: Hampton Inn, apartments slated for September opening

SALEM — The soon-to-open Hampton Inn at the end of Washington Street is a unique building downtown. Three wings differentiate a two-to-one ratio of hotel rooms to apartments, and a three-story garage in the middle of it all has ground-level entrances on each level.

Then there are four retail and restaurant spaces facing one part of Washington Street, but there’s no current plan for tenants given the ongoing pandemic.

Sean Riley, president and CEO of Maine Course Hospitality Group, stood inside a two-bedroom apartment on Wednesday afternoon. The front door in the unit technically was on the third floor of the building, but still just a handful of stone steps directly onto Washington Street as it heads up toward Lafayette. Apartments further down the street have even fewer steps. But around the corner on the other side of Washington Street — across the street from Riley Plaza — the hotel portion of the building begins on the ground floor.

Read the full article at Salem News…

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Home2 Suites by Hilton opens in Williston

Vermont Business Magazine Sean Riley, President & CEO of Maine Course Hospitality Group, announced on Saturday the opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton, in downtown Williston.

“I’m excited to see the completion of the first new hotel property in this community in over 20 years,” says Riley.

The new Home2 by Hilton, with its 100 suites, is an ideal hotel for guests looking to stay five or more days, he said. This all-suite extended stay, pet-friendly hotel has kitchens in every suite and a great breakfast each morning.

It features a meeting room, an indoor pool, and a relaxing outdoor patio with a fire pit. Guests will enjoy high speed internet access via the latest generation of in-room WiFi access points fed by a dedicated fiber circuit. The expanded state-of-the-art fitness room will allow space for multiple people to work out simultaneously.

Read the full article at Vermont Biz…

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Former lawyer shines shoes as a way to give back

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Sometimes lawyers are accused of during dirty work, but one lawyer is rolling up his sleeves to shine shoes for charity.

Earlier this week, a group of hotel managers thought they were just getting treated to a shoeshine, but little did they know they were actually about to receive a lesson in giving.

The man sitting at their feet and scrubbing at their toes is a successful health lawyer, representing a large majority of the doctors in New Hampshire, including the president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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Williston’s newest hotel is shaping up: a Hilton

A view from Williston Road: Construction proceeds at Home2 Suites by Hilton in Williston on Oct. 18, 2019.

A completed Home2 Suites by Hilton is seen in this rendering submitted to Williston planners in 2018. Scheduled to open in April 2020, the hotel will be the first hotel to open in the town in 20 years.

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Final beam installed at Hampton Inn

SALEM — The Hampton Inn rising on the south end of downtown still lacks a roof and is weeks from being airtight, but it passed a major milestone Thursday morning with the raising of its final steel beam.

Maine Course Hospitality Group’s five-story hotel and apartment project on the corner of Washington and Dodge streets held a “topping off” ceremony at the site of the new hotel’s eventual ground-level pool.

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Community rallies for Coast Guard as families go without pay

ROCKLAND — As the partial federal shutdown continues with no end in sight, the Rockland area is offerings assistance to Coast Guard families who are going without pay.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said that two Coast Guard families have already sought aid from the city’s fuel assistance program.

Luttrell made a pitch at Monday night’s Rockland City Council meeting for donations to the fuel fund.

The Area Interfaith Outreach food pantry in Rockland has also publicized that Coast Guard families can use its services.

And the Hampton Inn & Suites in Thomaston has posted on its Facebook page its effort to help these families.

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Work begins on new Salem hotel

SALEM — Construction is expected to start this week on a long-awaited development that could transform the south end of downtown with a new hotel, a housing complex, restaurant and retail stores. It could be two more years, however, before everything is up and running.

City Planning Director Tom Daniel said Maine Course Hospitality Group is seeking foundation and building permits for the project, which is being built on property bordering Dodge and Washington streets.

The initial phase of work will be for utilities and site preparation, according to Sean Riley, president and CEO of Maine Course.

Red the full story on Salem News…

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