New hotel coming to West Chester

Hotel brand to open first Ohio location in West Chester

Rainmaker Hospitality is investing approximately $10 million to bring the 95-room avid Hotel to 8927 Lakota Drive West in West Chester Twp., according to Jeremy Griffin, director of operations for Rainmaker Hospitality.

Slated to open in the first quarter of 2020, it will be owned and managed by Rainmaker Hospitality, under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, which runs 15 different hotel brands.

“The price point is right where families on a budget are going to want to stay at,” he said Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the hotel.

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The planned 2021 opening of Spooky Nook at Champion Mill is expected to be “another main driver” of hotel stays, Griffin said.

“Even though it’s 12 miles away, we feel that compression from that area is going to just flood everything down here near this exit,” he said. “They aren’t playing all day, they’re going to want to have other things to do in between games and this area has so much to do and so many things for families to enjoy outside of the sports things they’re going to be doing (at Spooky Nook).”

The three-story avid-West Chester hotel will feature avid’s retail-like entry, a fitness center near the lobby and communal areas.

Guest rooms include sound-reducing features to allow for better sleep, a workspace and open storage.

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Avid Hotel rooms also offer IHG Studio, a direct casting of entertainment from guests’ smart phones and personal devices to 55-inch televisions in each room.

The economic growth of Butler County and specifically West Chester Twp. is one of the major factors that attracted Rainmaker Hospitality to build an avid Hotel here, according Ketan Patel, Rainmaker’s vice president of development.

“We’ve been reviewing this market for a long, long time,” Patel said.

Avid Hotels offers “a more trendy” option, one that is in demand for highly-desired millennial clientele, he said.

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Mark Hecquet, president and CEO of the Butler County Visitors Bureau, said the avid Hotel brand is an appealing because of its modernness.

“It’s very contemporary in its design, which is new,” he said. “It’s (geared toward) a younger, millenial business person … someone’s new in their career and it (Avid) is going to have some cool features, but yet at an affordable price.”

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