“It’ll be the biggest and the nicest place to stay,” said Roger Patel, who is in charge of the project.
He and family members make up Beeville Hotels, L.L.C, the project owners.
Patel said this week that he expects the facility to open between March 20 and 30 as he stood inside the sprawling first floor of the building.
The second and third floors of the building have taken shape with the installation of dry wall and most of the taping and floating work has been done.
City Building Inspector Lanny Holland expects painters to begin working on the two upper floors of the building within days.
Patel showed off one of the second-story suites that he expects will attract special guests. Downstairs, guests will be able to reserve fancy suites that come complete with jacuzzis.
“It’s a $1.9 million project,” Holland said. The hotel will be like nothing Beeville has seen before.
Patel said the hotel will have a large breakfast area on the back side of the building, just beyond the entrance and front desk. A seating area will be available right across from the desk. And just down the hall the hotel will have a large meeting room for special events.
The facility will have a patio area and swimming pool just outside the breakfast room on the north side of the building.
The Patels had asked the Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation for $50,000 to help pay the cost of running water and wastewater lines to the property. To get that the company had to sign a performance agreement promising to provide a certain number of jobs for the community.
“We have not given them any money yet,” said City Manager Ford Patton. He said the money will be delivered to the company as a reimbursement once the facility is open and running.
The city agreed to extend the water and sewer lines to the east boundary of the property instead of the west boundary after the EIC board agreed that doing so may encourage the construction of a restaurant east of the hotel.
Patel said the lack of a restaurant in that area is one drawback that he and other developers hope to overcome.
He said one problem has been that the property owners have been asked to pay 100 percent of the cost of running a natural gas line to the Holiday Inn. That cost of that line has meant that the developers are having to make other arrangements. Patel said the facility will use propane for its dryers and water heaters.
The Best Western Texas Inn, just west of Patel’s new facility, also uses propane instead of natural gas.
Economic development officials have been working on solving the restaurant situation in the area but nothing concrete has developed as yet.