Jay Barnett, a partner in the group that owns 237 S. Broad Street — home to the Doubletree Hilton Hotel — tells us construction has been quietly in progress on an addition to the property: an extended stay complex with 48 rooms. The crane being utilized for construction has to be removed from Juniper Street by Oct. 30th. The target opening date is Jan. 1, 2014.
Residents of the extended stay suites will not have to use the hotel lobby; instead they’ll be able to enter directly from the garage after they’ve checked in to make the experience feel more like apartment living. There will be an upgraded roof deck and fitness center, and a center courtyard is being planted with fast-growing bamboo to afford residents privacy by obscuring the windows.