Groundbreaking held for new downtown hotel

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Mayor Tom Henry, developers, and other officials are celebrating the groundbreaking on an $18 million downtown hotel. The Hampton Inn & Suites made their plans known in September to build a 125-room hotel across from the Grand Wayne Center, just past Parkview Field.

Merrillville-based developer White Lodging Services is behind the venture.

They say the new hotel will offer all of the amenities expected by Hilton’s upper-midscale brand. The hotel will also feature a walk up Burger Bar restaurant and an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar offering spectacular views of Parkview Field and downtown Fort Wayne. The hotel is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

“In 2007, the City of Fort Wayne, reached out to us with the opportunity to build a hotel which would anchor a key element of a new economic engine for the city,” said Deno Yiankes, president and CEO, investments and development at White Lodging. “Today, it’s exciting to continue that vision with a second hotel, which is not only one of our nation’s most respected and well known premium brands, but also designed and localized specifically to honor the great location on Jefferson Boulevard adjacent to the Grand Wayne Convention Center and Parkview Field. We believe this is another step in continuing to bring more families, business travelers and conventioneers to experience all that downtown Fort Wayne has to offer.”

Over 25 percent of the hotel’s 136 guest rooms will be oversized suites and will be located at 226 West Jefferson Boulevard next to the Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown, which was developed and managed by White Lodging. The hotel opened in 2010.

“I’m encouraged by White Lodging’s commitment to once again invest in another important project in Fort Wayne,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “Adding an additional hotel and increasing our room capacity will have a tremendous impact on our community. As a point of destination city, this new development will enhance our ability to assist with our growing convention and tourism opportunities and provide guests with a memorable experience in Fort Wayne.”

Hampton by Hilton hotels offers warm surroundings, a friendly service culture and a staff that makes sure guests are 100 percent happy. Guaranteed. The hotel will offer the brand’s signature amenities including free hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center and oversized roof top fitness center. All guestrooms and suites will include HDTV and free in-room movie channels with 50% offering direct views of Parkview Field and the other 50% overlooking the downtown skyline.

The hotel will also offer two dining options unique to the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Ft Wayne Downtown. A rooftop bar on top of the building will offer a one-of-a-kind experience, overlooking Parkview Field. Patrons can lounge on flexible seating arrangements with communal tables and soft seating. The space will be partial open air with stadium seating overlooking the baseball field. Fire pits throughout the space will offer gathering points, punctuated with whimsical “starry” lighting. Locals and visitors can expect sharable small plates and snacks, and a nod to modern bar culture with cocktails, a craft beer lists and a boutique all-American wine list.

Bringing food truck culture into a permanent home in downtown Ft Wayne, Burger Bar is a neighborhood burger joint with a walkup window for diners to approach on West Jefferson Blvd. The burgers are made with Angus, Midwestern beef, the crispy chicken sandwiches are hand-breaded and the fries are cooked to order for crispy perfection. Sweet tooth? The shakes, sundaes and soft-serve cones are sourced from a local Indiana creamery and the hot fudge and caramel sauces are all made in house. Whether it’s for pick-up or dine-in, Burger Bar will always satisfy your burger cravings.

The hotel will also participate in Hilton’s award-winning guest-loyalty program, Hilton Honors, where members who book directly through Hilton channels gain access to benefits including an exclusive discount, free Wi-Fi and the option to redeem their points for free nights or to make purchases at Amazon.com with Amazon Shop with Points.

Read more about Hampton by Hilton at www.hampton.com  and www.news.hampton.com.