La Quinta Toasts To Jamestown ‘Renaissance’

La Quinta Inn and Suites Director of Operations Jim Burke (center) leads a toast before the ribbon is cut by General Manager Heidi Cronin. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi (left) delivered remarks and expressed excitement regarding the continued revitalization of downtown Jamestown. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

Employees of La Quinta Inn and Suites in Jamestown celebrated the newly renovated downtown hotel during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and other dignitaries attended.

“‘Wake up on the bright side’ of Jamestown,” Teresi quoted the slogan behind the desk lobby. “Isn’t that wonderful?”

The transformation of the former Best Western into the La Quinta Inn and Suites was desired by hotel owners Jay and Ram Patel, who wanted a brand that could capitalize on recent tourism successes in the city and county.

Director of Operations Jim Burke said the year-long renovation process finished up Nov. 7 when construction crews completed additions and makeovers that include newly carpeted and furnished rooms, a revamped fitness center, an added business center and a policy that allows vacationers to bring their pets along for the stay.

“Nothing here exists that was a Best Western,” Burke said.

Burke thanked his staff, including General Manager Heidi Cronin for her spirit of hospitality he said represents the hotel well. Cronin cut the ribbon after Burke and Teresi delivered comments.

“Thank you to the city of Jamestown and all the support we’ve had,” Burke said. “May the partnership continue and the renaissance of the city be amazing.”