Hampton Inn officially opens

By Joseph Slacian

The new Hampton Inn was dedicated Friday afternoon during a brief ceremony in the lobby of the new 91-room facility.

Suresh Patel of Rahee Hospitality, and Mayor Scott Long cut the ribbon while other representatives from the corporation and Grow Wabash County looked on.

“Wabash is a shining star in the state that used to be a well-kept secret but not so much anymore,” Long said before the ribbon cutting. “We’ve got more people coming to Wabash to visit, shop and see what we have here to offer.

“This new amenity … adds to our offerings for lodging as people explore our community for the many arts and recreational activities we have available.”

He said city officials look forward to growing the relationship they have had with Rahee Hospitality over the past 20 years, since they opened the Holiday Inn Express.

“Congratulations on the opening of this beautiful hotel,” the mayor continued, “and thank you for your continued investment in our community.

“The City of Wabash and Grow Wabash County are only a phone call away when you’re ready to expand again.”

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of Grow Wabash County, called the facility incredible, noting he tries to seek out Holiday Inn Expresses and Hampton Inns in his many travels.

“This is a shining example of what that brand is,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed working with Raj and his team in the past. We’re glad to have helped them acquire the facility and the ground here to get this hotel here up and running.

“We want to help our businesses thrive. … It’s an investment in Wabash County that affects so many areas – tourism, business development, our business park right behind here when they bring visitors in.”

Gillenwater said he believes then new hotel will help spur development along Ind. 15.

Raj Chandat, said he was very thankful to Long and Gillenwater for helping make the new development possible, noting it took less than two years to complete the project.

“We closed on the ground in 2018,” he said. “On Sept. 1, 2020, we are open as a hotel. It’s an amazing time frame and can only happen because of the coordination and collaboration … of all combined together.

“Looking forward, Grow Wabash is a perfect partner to work with. We were looking for a place for a location and (Gillenwater) is the one to contact Halderman Farms and make it possible to purchase the land here. Because, this did not happen 20 years ago. … Never, ever give up, it can happen.”

The hotel rooms have either two queen-size or one king-size bed. The rooms with queen beds have bathtubs, while the rooms with king-size beds have walk-in showers. They all have state-of-the art televisions.

The hotel also has a 15-person meeting room or a 30-person board room which can be rented for various meetings.
In addition, there is a swimming pool, exercise room and patio area.


Posted on 2020 Oct 13