AN ASIAN AMERICAN hotel company plans to build a branded boutique hotel in its hometown of Columbus, Georgia.
RAM Hotels on Nov. 19 held a public unveiling of its plan to bring an AC Hotel by Marriott to the city that is home to U.S. Army Fort Benning. Columbus is at the Alabama border and merges with Auburn and Opelika, Alabama, to create a metro area.
Rinkesh and Mitesh Patel, brothers and co-founders of RAM Hotels, said the $20 million upscale hotel will be named AC Hotel Uptown Columbus. It’s a new lodging concept for the Columbus community, which is experiencing an economic rebirth thanks to new development led by entrepreneurs and supported by local government, reports the Ledger-Enquirer.
The six-story, 125-room hotel is expected to open in 2021.
Participating in the ceremony were local officials, including Uptown Columbus President and CEO Ross Horner, who talked about the redevelopment taking place along the 1200 block of Broadway. Developers are preserving landmark structures or razing buildings and constructing new ones in their place.
RAM Hotels acquired two buildings and two surface parking lots in 2016 from Raymond Rowe Furniture Co., reportedly paying $1.65 million. It sold one of the buildings and razed a remaining structure, reports the newspaper.