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Delta Hotels by Marriott mall location is now officially open

By FRED PACEMay 19, 2019

BARBOURSVILLE - Maybe you’ve noticed more hotels in the Tri-State region giving their image a face lift.

Two weeks ago, the Pullman Plaza Hotel in downtown Huntington officially converted to a Double Tree by Hilton. This week, Delta Hotels announced the official grand opening of the newly renovated Delta Hotels by Marriott Huntington Mall located in Barboursville.

It’s all part of a national trend of hotel brands looking inward and sharpening, and even changing their brand identities to better align with clients and lure millennials away from Airbnb.

This is Delta’s first branded hotel in West Virginia and is located just off Interstate 64. The new hotel offers the best of what guests need with eye catching decor, countless amenities and modern technology, its owners claim.

“I’m excited to bring the Delta Hotels Huntington Mall to the area,” said Marcy Kitchen, the hotel’s general manager. “The creative design meets the needs of modern business and leisure travelers.”

The hotel now features a clean aesthetic and a modern take on comfort, Kitchen added.

“This used to be a Holiday Inn & Suites that we have totally renovated to become a new Delta Hotels by Marriott,” said Wade Midkiff, CEO of Uptowner Inns Inc., the company that owns and manages the Delta Hotels by Marriott Huntington Mall. “From top to bottom, on every floor, all our guest rooms and all of our public spaces have been renovated.”

“The property’s upper upscale amenities, large guest rooms and banquet facility are the finest in the area,” he said.

The hotel features 133 guest rooms, including deluxe rooms, and one- and two-bedroom suites, according to Midkiff. He said the guest rooms are the largest in the area and are completely remodeled with new flooring, furniture and artwork.

Midkiff said the Delta Hotels Huntington Mall offers a great in-house dining experience with a flair for local flavor.

“A modern breakfast buffet is prepared each morning along with room service and grab-and-go options,” he said. “The tastefully crafted dinner menu includes a wide range of dishes, and a full service bar offers a signature cocktail menu crafted for guests to relax and enjoy.”

The hotel has an updated bar and restaurant, swimming pool, hot tub and fitness center.

Midkiff says the renovation project cost over $4 million.

Midkiff added that the Holiday Inn & Suites on 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington, which the company also owns and manages, is also being totally renovated to be converted to a 133-room Delta Hotels by Marriott and should be open in about 60 days.

Marriott purchased the Canada-based Delta Hotels brand in 2015 and opened its first hotel in the U.S., near Walt Disney World, shortly thereafter. The brand has since enlarged its footprint to more than 70 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

“The Delta Hotels by Marriott Huntington Mall marks the beginning of a period of exciting growth for the award-wining Delta brand,” said Gregory Durrer, global brand Leader for Delta Hotels. “Delta’s design and service enables guests to have a seamless travel experience that allows them to focus on what’s important. It is simple made perfect.”

According to the hotel’s website, room rates start at $126 per night.

For information on booking rooms or conference space at Delta Hotels Huntington Mall, contact Mike Shockley, the director of sales, at 681-203-5927. To learn more about Delta Hotels, visit online at deltahotels.marriott.com.

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