Ribbon cutting marks official open of DoubleTree
By TESA GLASS-
MT. VERNON — The community was invited to see the newly remodeled and re-branded DoubleTree by HIlton Mt. Vernon during a ribbon cutting provided by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
“This project has taken about three years,” said General Manager Mike Carbonero. “We had been looking for an upper scale hotel for this market, and DoubleTree was chosen. Nothing else made sense.”
The renovation of the facility and site, which is owned by Keith Baldwin, started with construction of the Holiday Inn Express, and then moved to a complete remodel of the newly-branded DoubleTree by Hilton.
“I think it’s great,” Baldwin said. “It took longer than we planned … but everybody likes it.”
New public areas were unveiled, as well as suites and rooms which were opened for the public to see.
“It’s great,” Carbonero said. “We have so much potential. It’s designed for large groups and business meetings.”
The event spaces have been redecorated and the former breakfast area has been changed into an open space for guests and visitors, with group seating areas. Murals and a large fountain dominate the atrium, which also features new lighting, Baldwin said.
“It used to be so dark,’ Baldwin said. “With the remodel, we were able to put in all new fixtures and brighten it up.”
Carbonero said he is looking forward to showing off the renovations to those who attend functions and plan meetings at the hotel.