DeKALB – DeKalb’s newest hotel is already booked next weekend.
Hampton Inn, 663 S. Annie Glidden Road, opened its 80-room facility Wednesday. The hotel is equipped with an indoor heated swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center and business center, among other amenities.
The hotel is already booked next Friday and Saturday because parties from collegiate speech teams, wedding guests and wrestlers plan to spend the night, said Michelle Glosser, Hampton Inn general manager.
“We’re open for business and welcome for anyone to stick their nose in and say hello,” she said.
The hotel currently employs more than 20 people, but that number will change depending on how busy it gets.
The hotel expects to have six to eight full-time employees, Glosser said.
Corrin Hicks, front desk agent, said a recruiter from the Indianapolis Colts stayed at the hotel Thursday night to scout defensive backs at Northern Illinois University.
Other guests have complimented Hicks’ customer service.
“One guy said, ‘You have a smiling face and you treat us like royalty,’ ” she said. “That’s the way they should be treated.”
Each room is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and 32-inch TV. Rooms come in various sizes, including king, queen and oversized king. There are also rooms for those who are disabled, Glosser said.
The hotel’s pool is 4-foot, 9-inches deep and is open to guests from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Guests can also purchase snacks at the Suite Shop or hold business events at the Meeting Room, otherwise known as the “Huskie Den.”
Glosser said she met with several DeKalb city officials and inspectors before the hotel opened. The hotel needed to have 75 percent of the rooms available before they could open. Now, all rooms are available.
Glosser also has been welcomed by other hotel owners in the area.
“Other hotels have been helpful with any last-minute questions I had,” she said. “Even though we’re competition, they’ve all been so gracious and helpful.”
Hampton Inn’s goal in DeKalb is to become self-sufficient and profitable so they are able to reach out to the community, Glosser said.
Hicks said guests will feel welcome as soon as they step through the doors.
“When you walk in, you just know it’s nice,” she said. “It’s a nice hotel.”