The new Homewood Suites hotel in downtown Worcester doesn’t come equipped with a restaurant for a reason: They want their guests to eat out somewhere else.
It’s just one of the ways the newest influencers of Worcester’s downtown renaissance plan on reconnecting several of the city’s burgeoning neighborhoods when the hotel opens in June.
There is still a bit to do, but the new six-story, 118-suite Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton is well on its way to opening its doors to guests by early June.
The $21 million hotel, built on a site next to I-290 at the edge of the Washington Square roundabout, is within walking distance of Union Station, St. Vincent Hospital and many restaurants around the corner on Shrewsbury Street.
The new Homewood Suites by Hilton, right across the rotary from Worcester Station, is set to open to the public in July.
Thursday afternoon, upper management gave a tour of the near-complete facility, showing off amenities like a gym, a saltwater pool, unique views of the city skyline to the city officials and media folk in attendance. Hotel ownership and city officials both talked about the value they feel the hotel will add to the city, both as an economic driver for small business districts in the area and as a source of municipal revenue (an estimated $350,000 a year).