A new extended-stay hotel being built in the Teays Valley between Huntington and Charleston is a harbinger of increasing travel growth along the interstate corridor there, according to its owners and travel-industry officials.
To open along Interstate 64 in summer 2019, the 74-room dual-brand facility will include Sleep Inn-style rooms for short-term guests and MainStay Suites that cater to extended-stay visitors, according to Angela Harding of Harding Hospitality, Inc.
"The Sleep Inn & MainStay Suites will offer guests accommodations suitable for leisure, business, extended-stay travel, and everything in between," Harding said.
"We believe that the new dual brand concept hotel will be a great addition to the Teays Valley community."
Kelli Dailey, executive director of the Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau, haled the hotel as a welcome addition to the community and an indicator of the areas appeal.
"Visitors love Putnam County for its small-town charm and its friendly people, so this gives us the opportunity to show even more visitors what a beautiful place Putnam County is to visit and reside," Dailey said.
"Putnam County is a growing and thriving area, and we are looking forward to working with the Hardings to bring more guests to our community and help them have a great time during their stay."
Owners Kelsey & Angela Harding, who also own Harding's Family Restaurant at Mink Shoals and Sleep Inns at Charleston and Cross Lanes, say they're looking forward to establishing the hotel in their home community.
“We’re excited to expand our family business into Putnam County, where we have lived for the last 20 years," Angela Harding said.
Both Sleep Inns owned by the Hardings have consistently ranked among the top ten Sleep Inns in the U.S., and the Cross Lanes location has been named the "Sleep Inn of the Year" six times.