Updated: 04/01/2014 6:30 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 5:55 PM WNYT.com
By: Mark Mulholland
SARATOGA SPRINGS - In a city known for racing, the race is on to build the newest and best hotel.
Two hotels within shouting distance of Broadway are in the middle of construction.
The 149-room Embassy Suites on Congress Street is supposed to open in the fourth quarter of this year.
Developers say it will appeal to business and family travelers. "Meeting rooms, banquet space, health facility, pool, some great patio area," said Donald C. MacElroy, vice president of DCG Development Co.
"The convenience of the location, the uniqueness of the offering as well as the strength of the Hilton reservation system is going to make this a winner."
saids sa said saiOn Lake Avenue, the new Pavilion Grand luxury suites hotel will open next month.
"If you are in the market to stay for quite awhile we can certainly accommodate. If you need an overnight stay and are coming to Saratoga on business, we can certainly accommodate that as well," said Susanne Simpson, general manager of Pavilion Grand.
"There's unique features that are not found in any other hotel. For example, we have nine-foot ceilings, crown molding, we have full kitchens will stainless steel appliances."
There are three other hotels in various stages of planning, meaning hundreds more rooms are coming to a city that has no shortage.
Cindy Hollowood, the long-time operator of the Holiday Inn on Broadway, worries that there's not enough business to go around.
"By and large no, I don't believe there's enough to business to support the two hundred rooms coming on line this year and certainly beyond that," Hollowood said Tuesday afternoon.
An extended stay hotel is planned for the former Weathervane Restaurant property on South Broadway. The Saratoga Casino and Raceway is planning a 108-room hotel, and developers just got city approval for a 150-plus room hotel near the old Rip Van Dam, which was not sweet news for the owner of the Candy Co.
After 16 years in business, Dawn Oesch's store will be torn down to make room for the new hotel.
We're losing our charm. Big box is all over town. We're turning into Everyday, U.S.A.," she said.
Oesch says she'll move to a new location at the end of summer when construction begins on the hotel.