Details of the celebration will be announced soon, but Kam Mehta, developer of the project, wants everyone to know how excited he is to be opening the doors of the new hotel and how he looks forward to being part of the community.
The name of the hotel, Karnes City Lodge, Mehta said, is a symbol of how important the local community is to his family and the hotel management.
When he found out that the site of the planned hotel, at one time was a city park, Mehta did some research and was able to find a photograph of the park as it looked back in the very early days of Karnes City.
“Each room is going to be dedicated to founders of Karnes City,” Mehta said, adding that he is looking forward to getting to know the families of the founders for which each suite will be named.
He plans to host an annual event, where family members of each of the founders for which the suites are named, will be invited to stay at the hotel for a weekend.
“It will be a gathering,” Mehta said. “They will all get to know each other well. I see in this generation, no one has time to visit each other. This will be a family reunion for Karnes City.”
Mehta also plans to a Karnes City Lodge Privileges Club, where members will be eligible for special discounts and other promotions.
Rates for guests at the hotel are expected to be about $150 per night, which Mehta explained is the going rate in the market at this time. However, he plans to give guests a more “quality” experience in terms of accommodations and the quality of customer service offered by the staff of 15 employees.
Mehta hopes the new hotel will accommodate workers who need a place to stay while working for energy related businesses operating in the Eagle Ford Shale, but first and foremost he wants the hotel to serve local people or their family members who may come to visit. He wants the hotel to be an important piece of the long range permanent development of Karnes City.
The 48-suite, 44,000 square-foot hotel, which celebrated groundbreaking about 15 months ago, is the first piece of a planned 13.5-acre development known as the Karnes City Business Park located adjacent to the intersection of West Calvert Avenue and U.S. Highway 181.
In addition to the hotel, Mehta plans to bring a 20,400-square foot retail center, restaurants and a 72-unit apartment complex. A neighborhood park, with playground equipment, is also being included as part of the project plans. He is hoping to find partners to help him complete his “vision” for the property.
Mehta describes The Karnes City Lodge Hotel as a “full service” hotel that will feature a large conference room, swimming pool, fitness center and business center. Every room is a “suite,” he said, because the plan is to make guests as comfortable as possible while they visit Karnes City.