Millbrook welcomes SpringHill Suites to I-65 corridor

Donald Campbell / The Herald

Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley, left, and Ram Hotels President Rinkesh Patel celebrate the recent grand opening of SpringHill Suites in Millbrook.

Millbrook city officials and representatives from Ram Hotels were among the many guests present in mid-January to celebrate the grand opening of SpringHill Suites located just off I-65 in Millbrook.

“We are very excited to have Marriott and SpringHill Suites here in Millbrook,” Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley said. “A tremendous amount of work went into this.”

Kelley described the project as the biggest one, other than Walmart, Millbrook ever put together.

The new SpringHill Suites is owned by Ram Hotels, based in Columbus, Georgia. Ram Hotels President Rinkesh Patel said the hotel has 94 rooms and is ready to offer its guests a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

“It took about 30 months to complete everything,” Patel said. “It took a lot of hard work. It’s an accomplishment when you see customers check in, though. It confirms your decision to build a hotel was the right one.”

Immediately after the ribbon cutting, Patel followed a tradition common in India and smashed a coconut on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. Following the ribbon cutting, guests took part in a champagne toast for the hotel’s success before enjoying refreshments and music from Karen Waldrup. Door prizes were awarded to several of the guests and a handful of attendees looked around the facility, admiring its numerous amenities.

Although there were a number of hurdles the project had to clear, Kelley said he and others in the community were thrilled to see a project of this magnitude finally come to fruition and offer travelers coming through Millbrook another option for lodging along their journey.

“We’re just excited and glad,” Kelley said. “We hope they’re in the family for many years.”