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New Marble Falls hotel set to open during Bluebonnet Festival

POSTED 3-31-2010

MARBLE FALLS — After more than seven months of planning and construction, the Holiday Inn Express in Marble Falls will open its doors this month.

"It will be a very high demand hotel," said owner Brendan Gilyan. "It will do very well here."

IN PHOTO: The Holiday Inn Express will open April 9 in Marble Falls. Staff photo by Raymond V. Whelan

The hotel at 714 Corazon Drive in the La Ventana subdivision will register its first guests on April 9 — just in time for the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival, Gilyan said.

"We are hoping the hotel will be full that weekend," he added.

The hotel is just off U.S. 281 south of Lake Marble Falls and across from the Burnet County courthouse south annex.

About 100 reservations have been already been accepted through the next 50 weeks at the inn, Gilyan said.

Work on the hotel with 69 suites styled in the modern Italian spa theme began last August. By the middle of last month, Gilyan accepted an offer to change the franchise from Comfort Suites to Holiday Inn Express.

"This (Holiday Inn) brand is a little bit more of a guest-friendly name in the hotel-service industry," Gilyan said.

The name change involved many hours of re-training hotel administrative officers and staff, as well as re-doing the trademark on signs, linens, pillows, stationery, towels and other items, he added.

"It was not an easy task," Gilyan said. "In the long run, it will be cost-effective because this is a higher standard hotel."

raymond@thepicayune.com