Grandview area to get new dual-brand concept hotel

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The Grandview area is getting a new hotel soon — two new hotels, according to Mitesh Patel, chief operating officer and co-founder of RAM Hotels.

“We’re building a Courtyard and Residence Inn,” he said at a press conference and groundbreaking on Feb. 29. “It’s going to be two hotels in one.”

The 180-room, dual-brand concept will be built behind Marriott Birmingham, which is located just off U.S. 280 at 3590 Grandview Parkway.

“We’re going to have two very distinct brands,” Patel said. “Courtyard is a business travel brand. It’s a full-service hotel; it has a restaurant and bar — a very upscale product.”

Residence Inn, RAM Hotels’ extended stay brand, will offer one-bedroom suites with full kitchenettes.

“It is one of the most sought-after hotel products in the hotel industry,” Patel said of Residence Inn. “To get an opportunity to do both of these hotels over here is an incredible dream come true.”

The dual-brand concept has been a growing trend in recent years and offers wins for both hotels and guests — it cuts costs by sharing resources and offers the amenities of two hotels rather than just one, Patel said.

The doors should open in 18 months, according to Sherry Emmerke, regional director of sales for RAM Hotels.