A hotel in a town of 10,555 residents in eastern Ohio just opened, and three more are on the way as the Utica shale play continues spurring economic development in once-sleepy towns.
A 71-room Sleep Inn & Suites opened Saturday off the Interstate 77/Interstate 70 interchange in Cambridge, the first new hotel built in the Guernsey County seat since the oil and gas boom began. That hotel is close to a Comfort Inn, and three more hotels are planned within a mile of them. Two of those, a Microtel Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn Express, are planned for opening this year, while a Fairfield Inn & Suites should open next year.
Those four hotels will add 327 rooms in the county, giving it about 1,100 rooms in total and adding to the county’s existing six hotels, said Debbie Robinson, executive director of the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau. Other hotels have been bought from outside investors and completely remodeled.