City Council looking for the perfect hotel
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What better way to design the perfect hotel, than to see how other hotels in the area operate. From cushy beds to an on-site restaurant; these things often factor into making the "perfect" hotel. "All of us would like to see a nice lobby, with high finishes within the lobby. We want nice looking rooms and see how those rooms will be furnished," said Mayor Bill Saffo. From the Hilton Garden Inn at Mayfaire, to the Downtown Riverfront Hilton, council traveled by trolley across town, checking out amenities and layouts. The idea is to help them make the right decision when it comes to planning the new convention center hotel. City council member Margaret Haynes said, "It will behoove us to really prioritize what we want, think about what we want and put that in our request for a quota or proposal." The first time around, the council had to end their plan to put Hotel Indigo alongside the convention center. The hotel group could not prove financially capable of securing the site, so the council decided to move on. The goal of Friday's exercise was to take a good look at what works and does not work when it comes to pleasing a diverse group of guests. "Everyone is traveling around, having talks and discussions. Going from location to location is very important when it comes to making a decision in this group," added council member Kristi Tomey. And most importantly, finding out what will make conventioneers choose the port city year after year. The council will review their tour today, and meet over the next two weeks to finalize a proposal and a quote.

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Am I the only one who is outraged at this complete waste of time? Why do they think that they will influence an architect or a developer into building what THEY want? Reality is that no real business would view the convention center as a viable entity, and that is why this project is dead.
Otherwise, these sleazebags would have toured hotels in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London looking for the type of hotel they want. Want to keep conventioneers returning? Copy Nevada's example, make "it" legal in North Carolina, and build a den of ill-repute next to the convention center. After all, it would only be fair - it's what these jokers have been doing to city residents for years.
What a Good Idea! The taxes they collect could go towards paying for the convention center. Instead of putting this stupid financial albatross around the necks of the tax payers. Think about it, there's alot of different ways they could tax this 'Idea'. The clients, employees, and owners of this "den of ill-repute". It puts a new twist on the "bang for your buck" or should I say "a buck for your bang".
Uh, isn't this a bit late?
"What better way to design the perfect hotel, than to see how other hotels in the area operate." I thought Hotels did their own designing based on local zoning and some imput from the city. "We want nice looking rooms and see how those rooms will be furnished," said Mayor Bill Saffo." Well, it's supposed to be an upscale Hotel, doesn't that go without saying? "The council will review their tour today, and meet over the next two weeks to finalize a proposal and a quote." If the convention center is such a "draw", shouldn't the Hotels be making the proposal, complete with pictures of existing locations and rooms they have constructed in other locations. As for coming to the area, naturally people would be concerned about the crime in the downtown area. http://www.starnewsonline.com/section/news4602 Wilmington has a lot to offer, however the river-walk and battleship can't do it all. The historic area is a huge draw if protected and nurtured like Savannah and Charleston. IF there is a need for the Hotel, some name brand chain will jump in and satisfy the need. That will be the time to look and study what's right for Wilmington.