CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gold Coast Partners, which owns and operates five hotels across the state, plans to build a new Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Kanawha City by 2015 and convert two of its existing hotels, the La Quinta Inns and Suites brand by the end of this year.
Al Eastman, director of operations for the Fairmont-based property firm, said the company was in the initial planning phase to build a new hotel on land it owns in the area of the Lowe's store and Fujiyama Japanese restaurant in Kanawha City.
Eastman said the company was still working with Hilton Garden Inn officials on the design and layout of the property.
"It's on the drawing board," he said.
Though it's still in the preliminary design stage, Eastman said the company was hopeful the new hotel could be completed by late 2014 or early 2015.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast Partners is working to upgrade two of its existing hotels — one in Elkview and the other in Summersville — to the La Quinta Inns and Suites brand.
Both hotels were originally built as Holiday Inn Express locations, but then converted to the Country Inn and Suites by Carleton. The Elkview hotel has 112 rooms, while the Summersville location has 102 rooms.
Gold Coast Partners owned and operated both hotels as franchise locations for the two brands. Eastman said earlier this year that Gold Coast managers decided to convert the hotels to the La Quinta brand.
Once the conversion is complete, the two hotels will be the first La Quinta-brand hotels in the state.
"Right now they're both operating as an independent hotel until we finish doing the property improvement plan," Eastman said.