Take a drive in Dodge City and one thing immediately becomes clear. There's a lot of new things going up all around town. An iHop on Wyatt Earp and 14th, a new karate and Zumba studio as well as an insurance office and pawn shop going in on 2nd Ave., and an extended stay hotel on the north side of town.
The Dodge City Extended Stay and Suites is being constructed between Waters True Value Hardware and Trinity Manor, on Frontview.
"No one's ever built a hotel in this area of Dodge," said Bill Cunningham, owner of the Best Western Country Inn & Suites off of Wyatt Earp blvd., and owner of the new extend stay as well. " And so far we've had a lot of positive response from businesses up in that area."
Cunningham hopes guests in his new hotel will take advantage of being close to the mall and several restaurants in the area.
Construction on the hotel is nearing completion, and there are just a few more things that need to be done before the opening.
"We had hoped originally to be able to open in November, but waiting for some supplies and materials put us behind," Cunningham said. "But, we should be ready to open by January 1, which is our planned Grand Opening."
Because the new hotel is an extended stay, it will cater to guests who need rooms for a longer period of time. But they will offer rooms at a nightly rate as well.
"Nightly, our rates will be competitive with the other new hotels in the area," Cunningham said. "But for weekly or monthly or even longer stays, we hope to be able to offer rates that will save our guests money."
Each room in the hotel will include a refrigerator, stove, oven and sink. And, of course, will be more spacious than a regular hotel room to give guests a little more space to relax.
One of the biggest advantages of the hotel, besides the lower rates for extended stays, is that it offers a much quieter experience, according to Cunningham.
"One thing that guests tend to complain about with hotels down on Wyatt Earp is the noise of trains going past at night," Cunningham said. "Up north it will be much quieter for them."
Even though the hotel isn't open yet, response from the public has been positive, and several reservations have already been made.
To make a reservation call Cunningham at (620) 561-0281.
"There are so many activities going on on the north side of town right now, I think that building this hotel here will be really beneficial to the community. I think a lot of people will get use out of it."